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Grassroots women's accountability mechanisms: strengthening urban governance through organising and partnerships

Grassroots women's accountability mechanisms: strengthening urban governance through organising and partnerships
16 pages

Authors
Wyant, Rachel
Spasic, Katarina

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 23 Issue 1 Working on gender equality in urban areas

Publication date
27 Mar 2015

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2015.1013677

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

Women living in marginalised urban neighbourhoods are often excluded from the economic, political, and social resources available to other city dwellers. The focus on the decentralisation of services and resource provision in urban areas presents an opportunity to citizens, including women, to organise to hold local government to account. This article builds on case studies and lessons learned from 18 months of the Huairou Commission’s Transparency & Accountability Initiative, with specific reference to initiatives in Metro Manila, Philippines, Thankot, Nepal, and Jinja, Uganda. Here, organised groups of grassroots women have established innovative, community-driven mechanisms to participate in and monitor decision-making and service delivery in cities.

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