Thematic Consultation

Participatory Monitoring and Accountability


In case you missed it!  The 8 July presentation on Participatory Monitoring and Accountablilty in Action is available here.  

Photo Credit: © UNICEF Shafiqul Alam Kiron

Over the last two years the UN system – in partnership with governments and civil society – has been working towards the inclusion of millions of people in crafting the next development agenda.

The stakes are high and the mandate is daunting: how can we work together -- from the community level all the way up to the international stage -- to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the world of today and of the future: ending extreme poverty…ensuring that women enjoy the same rights as men...making sure children don’t die of preventable diseases…combating the negative effects of climate change?

People-led, transparent and inclusive processes for monitoring progress on the new development goals will be essential to achieving these goals. Why?

First, there is an intrinsic value to people being empowered and claiming their space to be heard. This is especially critical for people who often face daily shame, humiliation and discrimination because of their gender, age or place of residence or because of their economic, disability, ethnic, minority, sexual orientation or other status.

Second, there are often significant negative consequences when people are not included in development planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Participatory Monitoring can take various forms. At its core, it should be about inclusive and transparent practices used to monitor the effectiveness and usefulness of local, regional, national or international policies, thus providing the evidence to improve upon said policies.

Participatory Monitoring is about people -- working together in an organized way – identifying and tracking the priority issues that affect their own communities, so that barriers to progress can be addressed and solved, with support as necessary from public sector and other accountable institutions.

This space will be the home to a public, open consultation on the issue of Participatory Monitoring for the next several months. The co-moderators of the space and all of you (the community of users) will be asked to share experiences and examples, participate in discussions, react to proposals and otherwise engage on this important issue. We look forward to working with you to see that Participatory Monitoring and Accountability is taken up as an essential strategy for successful implementation and progress on the next development agenda.

-- UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP
Co-conveners of the Consultation 

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