Ict in Fighting Corruption and Promoting Social Accountability

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SAc
 2.0:
 Amplifying
 Social
 Accountability
 (SAc)
 through
 Information
 and
  Communication
 Techonology
 (ICT)1
  by:
 Marlon
 L.
 Cornelio2,
 Convenor
 for
 ICT,
 Global
 Youth
 Anti-­‐Corruption
 (GYAC)
  Network
 
  Synopsis
  The
 experience
 of
 CheckMySchool(CMS)
 and
 Universidad
 Coherente
 (UC)
 showcase
  how
 ICT
 can
 be
 used
 to
 amplify
 social
 accountability
 towards
 improving
 pubic
  education
 service
 delivery
 in
 the
 elementary,
 secondary
 and
 tertiary
 levels.
  However,
 the
 experiences
 of
 CMS
 and
 UC
 show
 that
 while
 ICT
 provides
 powerful
  tools,
 there
 are
 basic
 principles
 that
 should
 be
 taken
 into
 account
 to
 fully
 utilize
  ICT.
 
 
  CMS
 and
 UC
 are
 just
 two
 of
 innovative
 projects
 of
 members
 of
 the
 Global
 Youth
  Anti-­Corruption
 (GYAC)
 network
 which
 is
 composed
 of
 young
 people,
 young
  activists,
 journalists,
 artists,
 musicians
 and
 ICT
 enthusiasts.
 
 GYAC
 provides
 a
  platform
 for,
 young
 leaders
 from
 north
 to
 south,
 to
 share
 experiences,
 strategies
  and
 tools,
 and
 lessons
 in
 fighting
 corruption
 and
 promoting
 good
 governance
 in
  their
 countries.
 
  Introduction
  The
 dawn
 of
 an
 information
 and
 communication
 technology
 era
 and
 its
  continuous
 unfolding
 is
 redefining
 both
 the
 way
 of
 thinking
 and
 doing
 things,
  even
 personal
 relationships.
 In
 the
 same
 manner
 ICT
 is
 also
 redefining
  governance,
 participation
 and
 accountability.
 
  The
 2011
 Oslo
 Governance
 Forum3
 of
 the
 United
 Nations
 Development
 Program
  takes
 on
 the
 topic
 of
 ICT.
 While
 the
 debates
 are
 ongoing
 on
 the
 bane
 and
 boon
 of
  ICT
 on
 democracy
 and
 democratization;
 young
 people,
 naturally
 predispose
 to
  ICT,
 have
 taken
 steps
 in
 developing
 tools
 and
 showing
 practical
 applications
 of
  ICT
 in
 governance.
  This
 short
 paper
 presents
 experiences
 of
 CheckMySchool4
 of
 the
 Affiliated
  Network
 for
 Social
 Accountability
 in
 East
 Asia
 Pacific
 (ANSA-­‐EAP)5
 and
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 A
 narrative
 of
 
 the
 presentation
 given
 during
 the
 Oslo
 Governance
 Forum
 (OGF):
 Participation,
 

Accountability,
 Democracy.
 3-­‐5
 October
 2011
 

2
 Marlon
 L.
 Cornelio,
 a
 youth
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