Strengthening Capacities of Duty Bearers and Empowering Rural Women and Children Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
The objective of this sub-project was to reduce incidence of Gender-Based Violence in the Province of Agusan del Norte by strengthening capacities of “duty bearers” and empowering women and children “rights holders”. A community-based support system was created through this sub-project and extensive training activities were imparted at both government administrative and citizen level to gain knowledge and skills concerning gender sensitivity, leadership, advocacy, planning, budgeting and monitoring and human rights laws …
Through a small grant from the USAID/Food for Peace-funded Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program, Land O’Lakes’ International Development collaborated with Cultural Practice, Development and Training Services, Inc. (dTS), Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), Project …
In 2019, PTF continued to build on the success of past initiatives, and our recognized expertise and leadership in citizen engagement allowed us to undertake new projects and connect with new partners. Over the course of the past year, PTF worked on projects in: Ukraine, India, the Gambia, Uganda, the Philippines, and Myanmar. Read the 2019 Annual Report to learn more about PTF’s work to promote citizen engagement around the world in 2019.
On July 1, 2020, the Partnership for Transparency (PTF) and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) hosted experts from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States in a 90-minute conversation on one of the worst forms of corruption. Nancy Hendry of the International Association of Women Judges began using the term “Sextortion” a number of years ago to bring attention to practice of women being sexually exploited by corrupt actors, primarily men in positions of power. She joined a panel of experts to discuss the topic, including Francisca Chinelo Ekwonu, founder of New Girl on Campus; Dr. Ortum Merkel of the United Nations University; Marie Chêne, Research Director at Transparency International; Dena Shayne of the Amara Legal Center and Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Just Corps Fellow; and Nancy Hendry of the International Association of Women Judges. Indira Sandilya, a Senior Adviser at the PTF and Board Member of the Partnership for Transparency India also contributed to the conversation.
PTF is delighted to report on the initiation of four new projects in the past three months valued together at more than $ 1 million.
The India Development Relief Fund (IDRF) has partnered with PTF to play a leading role in three Health Transparency Initiatives (HTIs) in India. The first, a Quality Improvement of Public Health Services in Thrissur, Kerala, India is being implementing by the CSO, Jananeethi, over 3 years (2018- 2020). The first year of the project is being supported by a grant of $28,000, of which, $20,500 is being provided by the IDRF and $7,500 is being provided by PTF. This project will: (a) support community engagement with local governments and public health clinics for greater transparency and improvement services; (b) help government mandated Hospital Management Committees provide more effective oversight; and (c) establish and put into operation an independent community body – a Health Watch Committee to hold duty bearers accountable. The second initiative is focusing on Improving Maternal and Child Health Care Services (MCH) through Citizen Engagement in Odisha State. This project, approved in March 2019, will be the first phase (2019-2020) of a longer-term program and is made possible by the continued partnership of the IDRF and PTF. The IDRF is granting the majority of the funding for the Initiative ($36,000, 64% of the total) and PTF is contributing $14,000 (25%). The Indian CSO, Youth for Social Development (YSD), is implementing the project on the ground and contributing 11% of the total cost. The Initiatives objectives are: (a) to enable beneficiaries to constructively engage with authorities and demand better quality and more accountable MCH services; (b) to develop a community score card process and other social accountability tools for MCH services; and (c) to collaborate with researchers on improving outcomes under SDG-3 (health), SDG-5 (gender) and SDG-16 (governance) through citizen engagement. A third project for “Reducing the Maternal and infant Mortality Through Community Participation and Civic Monitoring” in Rajasthan State, India, is at the concept stage.