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14 February 2018
WATCHDOGS: We are needed more than ever (Ikaw, Ako, Tayo May Pananagutan 2018 - Manila leg)
Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

 

Ako, Ikaw, Tayo May Pananagutan 2018
G-Watch's Awareness-Raising Activity

Government Watch (G-Watch) has been one of the pioneers of citizens' monitoring of government performance, acting as an independent watchdog to hold government to account and improve governance. We have monitored procurements as well as several key service delivery and programs on education, health, social services, infrastructure, to name a few. 


12 October 2017
G-Watch-OGP IRM Roundtable Discussion: "Did it Open Government?"
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The roundtable discussion is a space for stakeholders and actors of open government in the Philippines to reflect and discuss the impact and lessons of the Philippine experience on key open government reforms in recent years, especially in light of political transition.


4 - 6 October 2017
G-Watch Briefing-Orientation: Basic Citizen Action for Accountability Training for New G-Watch Cadre Recruits and Pilot Run of Community Development Fund Budget Tracking
Puerto Princesa City

On October 4-6, 2017 in Puerto Princesa City, a number of new potential cadre recruits will undergo the G-Watch's Citizen Action for Accountability Training that the G-Watch Center is currently developing. Part of the training is the pilot run of a budget tracking of the Community Development Fund (CDF) of barangays deemed critical to be engaged by the Community-Based Sustainable Tourism (BSCT) leaders, who are the lead constituencies of G-Watch-Puerto Princesa.


17 August 2017
MAVC - G-Watch Forum-Workshop on Doing Citizen Engagement Differently: What did we learn and how do we sustain it?
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The Philippines is home to some of the known approaches and innovation on Transparency-Participation-Accountability (TPA). It has received numerous international recognitions for its TPA work; and some of its leaders are known international actors in the TPA field. 


8 May - 24 July 2017
G-Watch Learning-Reflection Workshop Series: What happened to the reforms?
Sibagat, Agusan Del Sur (May 8), Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte (May 11), Tagbilaran City, Bohol (May 17), Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (May 24), Tacloban City (July 21), Maasin City, Southern Leyte (July 24)

What transpired in the country's politics in the last months requires deep reflection and introspection on what have governance reforms achieved and not achieved, its unintended consequences and the possible ill-effects of how it was popularized and practiced under the previous administration.


18 July 2017
MAVC Research Grantees Meeting
Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

G-Watch convened the research grantees of the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) to learn from each other's work, explore plans for research uptake, and think through the questions of sustainability of the gains of citizen engagement. 


17 July 2017
Education CSOs RTD with World Bank Independent Evaluation Group
Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

G-Watch convened civil society organizations working on education for a round-table discussion with the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (WB IEG) to discuss the current state of Philippine education, particularly focusing on citizen engagement in education governance. The discussion served as inputs to the evaluation being conducted by the World Bank on two completed projects with the Department of Education - the National Program Support for Basic Education, and Support for Basic Education Sector project. 


13 June 2017
Vertically Integrated Civil Society Initiatives in the Philippines: a roundtable discussion
Jimmy & Tang's Restaurant, M.T. Villanueva Ave., Naga City

The RTD will reflect on how civil society action can promote more sustainable change. The presentation of a recent Government Watch (G-Watch)/Making All Voices Count (MAVC) study of citizen-led reform initiatives, Going vertical: citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines (December 2016) will help to jumpstart the conversation on vertical integration. These seven issue-based advocacy campaigns involved diverse, broad-based civic and social actors, engaged with multiple levels and branches of government.


3 April 2017
Citizen Engagement Technologies (CET): Data, tools and technologies for whom and what
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

The RTD specifically targets to convene developers and users of CETs and key Transparency-Participation-Accountability (TPA) CSOs to discuss (1) the objectives or desired impact of CETs, (2) the state of use/ uptake, (3) factors that affected use/ uptake (or non-use/ non-uptake), (4) key issues and challenges.


30 March 2017
Citizen Engagement Technologies (CET): Data, tools and technologies for whom and what
Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The RTD specifically targets to convene developers and users of CETs and key Transparency-Participation-Accountability (TPA) CSOs to discuss (1) the objectives or desired impact of CETs, (2) the state of use/ uptake, (3) factors that affected use/ uptake (or non-use/ non-uptake), (4) key issues and challenges.

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12 March 2019
Planting the Seed of Accountability in Muslim Mindanao

By Francis Isaac

We were in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on the afternoon of 10 March 2018, where Joy gave a presentation on the concept of accountability to more than 100 Moro youth leaders of the Coalition of Moro Youth Movement (CMYM).

It was an uneventful 30-minute drive from Cotabato City; and after passing through a checkpoint manned by combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), we entered a compound where we were greeted by members of CMYM.


18 February 2019
G-Watch Citizen Action for Health Accountability in Tobacco Control

G-Watch is taking part in a new undertaking that holds government to account in protecting public’s right to health that is endangered by interference by powerful private corporate actors in health-related policies and in public conscientization. The specific private corporate interest we look into are the powerful tobacco industry players whose strong and innovative lobbying work compromise public health.


12 December 2018
G-Watch’s Multi-Level Involvement in International Anti-Corruption Day  

G-Watch has reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against corruption by engaging in various activities at different levels to advance G-Watch’s anti-corruption agenda and approach. Central to this approach is the engagement of citizens and the use of multiple approaches and actions at various levels to hold power accountable.


25 October 2018
G-Watch at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference

Government Watch (G-Watch) Director-Convenor Joy Aceron attended the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference on 22-24 October 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she spoke in two panels, Public Sector Excellence and Preventing Corruption, and Trends and Strategies to Protect and Reclaim Civic Space. 


28 May 2018
The new G-Watch launches its first book and logo

Within one year since its official spin-off into an independent national action-research organization, G-Watch soft-launched its first full book, and its new logo to go with its rebranding efforts. The said unveiling was made on May 24 in the presence of leaders of G-Watch local sites, civil society and government partners, and its Advisory Board, who were gathered in Cebu City for the 2018 National Meeting and Learning Exchange. 


13 December 2017
Is Technology Transforming Social Accountability?

By Aga Khan Foundation (Originally posted on www.thegpsa.org)

At the recent Global Partners Forum 2017 in Washington, DC, civil society groups gathered to review the field of social accountability. In a session titled Civic Tech: Is Technology Transforming Social Accountability? a panel representing experiences from Africa and Asia assessed recent uses of technology to enhance the social accountability of governments to their citizens.


13 December 2017
Snap Interview #GPSAForum2017 with Joy Aceron

G-Watch Director-Convenor, Joy Aceron, on the importance of open, accountable, and inclusive societies in addressing violence and conflict in fragility. Snap interview during the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Global Partners Forum 2017 in November 2017 in Washington, DC. 

Snap Interview #GPSAForum 2017: Joy Aceron, Convenor-Director of G-Watch from theGPSA_org on Vimeo.


6 May 2017
PODER, G-Watch delve on political dynasty in forum

The Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) and Government Watch (G-Watch) of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), in collaboration with Ateneo de Naga, Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) and Jesse M. Robredo Center for Good Governance (JMR Center), recently spearheaded the forum on the "Ill-Effects of Dynastic Politics and the Imperative of Political and Electoral Reforms as a Campaign Issue".


2 February 2017
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Political Leaders Caucus Meeting 2017 for Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)

30 mid-level leaders in politics/governance from participating KASYP countries in South and South East Asia met from 2nd to 4th February to launch a new initiative called the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Political (KASYP) Leaders Caucus.


14 October 2016
#NotOnMyWatch Cebu: Improper use of time, money is corruption

Local leaders and public officials ask Cebuanos to be more proactive in fighting corruption

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