An example of Social Accountability

In Chawama Constituency , the Community Action Groups (CAGs) – platforms for dialogue between the community and the Ward Development Committee (WDC) members – were created. The community members questioned the WDC officials about how they had used the Ward Development Fund (WDF). Unfortunately, it was discovered that the WDF implementation had been decided upon by councillors without the participation of the WDC. The meetings led to more dialogue between the CAGs and the WDC officials on how in future they would together ensure that budgets as allocated by the Lusaka City Council would be implemented.

Constituency Watch

A Constituency Watch is a public social accountability space anchored on social media that allows citizens to engage their elected representatives and demand access to services. There is a Constituency Watch Facebook page for each and every one of the 150 constituencies in Zambia. These pages were created by New Zambian but are administered by local people from the constituencies.