Following the Arab Spring, governance and social accountability have gained prominence in the World Bank’s agenda in MENA. In light of this increased emphasis, World Bank and CARE Egypt co-organized the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA) – Arab World Regional Strategic Planning and Social Accountability Workshop in Amman, Jordan from June 5-9, 2011.
The five-day workshop in Jordan brought together over 40 representatives from government, CSOs, media, and the private sector from seven Arab countries: Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, West Bank and Gaza, Morocco and Tunisia. The aim was to introduce key social accountability topics and to lead a discussion on the establishment of the network, its governance structure and membership criteria, as well as programmatic areas of engagement, at the country and regional levels.
As follow-up to the workshop, the Civil Society Fund provided a grant to CARE Egypt, who will use the funds for institutional and technical support to country-level start up activities. The institutional support will focus on setting up a monitoring and evaluation system, and a data exchange system for the network to maximize the impact of knowledge exchange within and between the countries. The technical support will cover the following activities:
Awareness raising on Social Accountability and the ANSA-Arab World;
Social Accountability Risk Assessment;
Stakeholder Outreach with a special focus on membership