Posted on 13 May 2015.
The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), an initiative of the World Bank is pleased to announce the winners of the first GPSA Award for Leadership in Social Accountability. The winners are respected leaders in social accountability, and this award serves as a celebration of their achievements in the field.
In an Award Ceremony and Cocktail hosted by Sanjay Pradhan, World Bank Vice President for Leadership, Learning, and Innovation, on May 12, the GPSA awardED seven individuals in government and civil society organizations for their outstanding contributions, influence and impact in the field of social accountability as a means to eradicate poverty and foster shared prosperity.
There are six regional winners – each representing a geographic region: Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. There is also one special Lifetime Achievement award winner.
The award ceremony happened on the first day of the broader GPSA Forum, a two-day event (May 12-13) which focuses on the shifting paradigm in social accountability towards a citizen-centric governance approach. Learn more about the GPSA Forum here: www.thegpsa.org/sa/forum-2015.
The winners are:
AFRICA REGION: Ibrahim Tanko Amidu – Programme Manager, STAR-Ghana (CSO) – Ghana
EAST ASIA & PACIFIC REGION: Corazon Juliano-Soliman – Secretary of Social Welfare and Development (Gov) – The Philippines
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN REGION: Gonzalo Hernández Licona – Executive Secretary, CONEVAL (Gov) – Mexico
SOUTH ASIA REGION: Iftekhar Zaman – Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (CSO) – Bangladesh
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION: Aicha Ech-Chenna – Founder, Solidarite Feminine (CSO) – Morocco
EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA: Maia Sandu – Minister of Education (Gov) – Moldova
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Oded Grajew – Founder and General Coordinator, Rede Nossa Sao Paulo (CSO) – Brazil
To learn more about the GPSA Forum & Award Ceremony, please visit our website: www.thegpsa.org
Ibrahim Tanko Amidu
STAR-Ghana (CSO) Ghana
Ibrahim Tanko Amidu brought together development practitioners and CSOs to learn and support each other in implementing new participatory approaches to development. His greatest achievement has been focusing STAR-Ghana on supporting the piloting of innovative strategies linking citizens’ voices into governance processes. This has led to the adoption by the Parliament of social accountability approaches in its interface with citizens, while CSOs have increased their capacity to engage with government and promote social accountability approaches in the governance of social services delivery.
Department of Social Welfare
Secretary Soliman led the task of promoting synergy and inter-operability in government agencies through bottom-up approaches, and coordinating agencies’ work with local government with focus on the poorest localities and families. Under her leadership, the program was expanded nationwide to become the National Community-Driven Development Program, becoming best practice not only in the Philippines but also worldwide. Secretary Soliman also leads efforts to strengthen accountability among civil society organizations and champions the empowerment of marginalized Filipinos through Pantawid Pamilya, the Philippines’ Conditional Cash Transfer program.
Gonzalo Hernández Licona
Gonzalo Hernández Licona is head of CONEVAL, an independent council created by the Mexican Congress to produce official data on poverty in Mexico and to regulate and coordinate the evaluation of social programs and policies. Hernández Licona, together with his fellow council members, has played a key role in creating a culture of results-based social policy-making in Mexico, has expanded the Council’s mandate to include the sub-national state-level, and has installed an open data policy in which citizens not only have access to results, but can full access to data and methods to scrutinize and replicate results.
Transparency International Bangladesh (CSO)
Iftekhar Zaman has been instrumental in advocating for transparency and good governance, despite shrinking social space for dissent in Bangladesh. Under his leadership TIB has catalyzed several institutional, legal and policy and established a country wide network of over 6,500 anti-corruption platform of volunteers as Committees of Concerned Citizens and Youth Engagement & Support. TIB has created forums and mechanisms through which citizens can raise their opposition to corruption.
Solidarite Fèminine (CSO)
Aicha Ech-Chenna has dedicated over 50 years of her life to defend the cause of single mothers and their children in Morocco, where children conceived outside marriage are considered illegitimate and have no rights. Ms. Ech-Chenna not only defends mothers and children’s dignity and civil recognition but also offers them a chance to be fully integrated in Moroccan society. Her activism has helped establish the right of single mothers to be the legal guardians of their children. She has changed the conception of Moroccan society toward single mothers and put the authorities face-to-face with their reality, expanding the role of local authorities in the protection of children.
Ministry of Education
An economist by training, and a holder of MA degree from Harvard, Maia Sandu, Minister Sandu employs a systemic and rational approach in trying to raise the quality of education in a cost-effective way. Apart from the recently adopted new Education code, her signature policy has been the enforcement of strict anti-cheating rules during high school graduation exams, which made her a national hero among many supporters from society. She works to engage NGO and citizens in the education debate by encouraging their role in monitoring the quality of education service delivery.
Rede Nossa Sao Paulo (CSO)
Oded Grajew is a Brazilian businessman and serial social entrepreneur. He is one of the founders of Brazil’s corporate social responsibility movement and has focused on strengthening democracy in Brazil throughout his trajectory. He has founded and led several instituions including PNBE, the Abrinq Foundation for Children and Adolescents’ Rights, ANDI, the Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility, the World Social Forum and the Our Sao Paulo Network. The Our Sao Paulo network aims to engage society and governments in promoting a more sustainable, democratic and fair country with a better quality of life for citizens. The Network is an important political and social force during these years, uniting around 700 organizations in order to promote fundamental changes in the city of Sao Paulo.
Reprinted from the www.thegpsa.org