Doing Accountability Differently: A ‘Vertically Integrated’ Approach, is a practice paper which explores the approaches, practices and results of Christian Aid’s Voice to the People (V2P) programme in Anambra State, Nigeria.
This research was conducted by national and international individuals and it took a purposive, iterative and collaborative approach to the collection of data, analysis and report/paper writing. Interviewees included Traditional Rulers, President Generals (PGs), Women Leaders and Youth Leaders of various communities. Information Officers at the LGA level; as well as top Government Officials at the State executive, the Clerk of the State House of Assembly, the Speaker of the House of Assembly and two members of the State House of Assembly were involved in the process.
V2P has achieved remarkable change not only in citizen engagement with budgeting and planning of community projects, but also in state government responsiveness and public service delivery. V2P’s most important gains have been in vertical integration, leveraging community-level mobilisation and horizontal alliances to shift power in the interest of more accountable governance.
How were we able to achieve these and more? Find out in this practice paper.