Successful First Executive Directors Day

105 Executive Directors from all our 49 Social Accountability Implementing Partners (SAIPs) and 61 sub–partners came together for the First Executive Directors Day in Addis Ababa, Monday, to discuss the status of Social Accountability now and into the future. Other topics on the agenda were gender mainstreaming the results of the Social Accountability projects, the sustainability of Social Accountability expertise and sharing experiences, challenges and best practices of the Social Accountability Program.

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The Executive Directors held plenary discussions and small group brainstorm sessions to discuss the objectives of the day in more depth, such as outlining opportunities to embed and scale Social Accountability in existing social structures and considering regional specific opportunities for sustaining Social Accountability. The findings of the group discussions were shared afterwards. Marta Nemera is the Executive Director of WSA – Women Support Association. She believes the meeting is a good learning experience on strategic thinking of leading and forwarding Social Accountability: “It would have been nice if such sessions would have happened earlier in the program. I hope that the Woreda administrators will attend next time as this would be a good forum to exchange ideas.”

Executive Director of AFD (Action for Development) agrees with Marta that the meeting was a good opportunity for sharing and brainstorming about the way forward: “Especially when we are considering the issue of sustainability and scaling up Social Accountability, it is good to brainstorm in this manner.”

The Management Agency of ESAP2 is committed to organize many meetings for SAIPs to meet each other and share experiences, such as the Learning Benchmark Meeting held in Adama mid-February. Networking among SAIPs creates synergies, and sharing experiences will help in achieving better results. ESAP2 Management Agency Team Leader Rolf Hunink says the SAIPs can be proud they are active in 223 Woredas all over the country: “Up scaling the Social Accountability projects takes time, energy and resources. The best argument for up scaling is achieving results under the current Social Accountability projects.”

Ato Getachew Negera, head of Channel One Program Coordinating Unit (COPCU) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, reminded everyone that implementing Social Accountability is a long process that needs a commitment from all stakeholders: “I would like to urge you all to redouble your effort to successfully streamline the social accountability objectives through the implementing areas and beyond.”

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All Executive Directors were also asked to fill in the Social Network Analysis. This survey is focused on improving communication among all stakeholders, sharing information and learning about Social Accountability. Results of the Social Network Analysis will be published by the end of April and posted on our website (www.esap2.org.et) and facebook pagewww.facebook.com/esap2.

The Ethiopia Social Accountability Program seeks to give voice to the needs and concerns of all citizens in the areas of education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and rural roads – by linking citizens group and governments to work together on the delivery and quality of public basic services.