Sunday, October 16, 2011

Piloting Accountability Systems for Humanitarian Aid in Somalia

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) recognizes the importance of public access to information for accountability and good governance, and for enabling citizen participation to be meaningful. It plans to address this challenge by harnessing ICTs solutions. The proposed project aims to foster citizen participation, by encouraging citizens to “express their demands, aspirations, engaging in the process of formulation of humanitarian interventions, planning, monitoring and evaluation”.

The overall objective of the proposed project is to contribute to strengthen (the demand-side of) local level governance and community-based organisations. The specific objective is to make interventions from DRC and other humanitarian agencies operating in Somalia more transparent and more responsive to citizen’s views and needs.

The outputs are (a) the establishment of a beneficiary feedback through text messages over mobile phones, and (b) the creation of on-line communities on Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and Blog.

For tthe next 12 months, we will keep u posted with developments of the project on this blog and you can follow us on:

Twitter : @DRCSomalia
Somaliland SMS feedback number: +252 2 4000919

Our SMS feedback will go live in the next 2 weeks and we will share our findings on the website, look out for the dashboard:

Please feel free to comment, send us your views and join the discussion on humanitarian aid accountability and local governance. We look forward to an interactive and engaging exchange of ideas with you.

Fatuma Abdulahi
Communications Officer for Accountability

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