Documentation Report: G-Watch Learning Event on 'Doing Citizen Engagement Differently' with Making All Voices Count (MAVC)

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G-Watch is formerly a social accountability program of a university founded in 2001 that is currently rebooting, in transition to being an independent national action research organization embedded in a citizen accountability movement around the Philippines aiming to contribute in the deepening of democracy through the scaling of accountability and citizen empowerment.

Making All Voices Count (MAVC) is a global program that supported the innovative use of technology that has the potential to support better governance. Now on its closing phase, MAVC also supported research and learning that help build a base of evidence about what works and why in using innovation for accountable governance. One of its country of operation is the Philippines.

On August 17, Government Watch (G-Watch) organized and facilitated a forum-workshop aimed to discuss and reflect on the key lessons learned, evidence and gains on adaptive learning, strategic citizen action and use of digital technologies generated through Making All Voices Count (MAVC) support in the Philippines and other related initiatives. Around 40 MAVC grantees, key G-Watch leaders all over the country and other relevant partners of G-Watch in governance reform attended to reflect on their initiatives.

Table of Contents

I. Background

II. Opening Remarks: Situationer and Context Analysis

III. Session 1: When do citizens engage?

IV. Session 2: What have we proven/ disproven about the use of digital technologies in advancing responsive and accountable governance?

V. Session 3: What were the facilitating and hindering factors to learning and adapting towards strategic/ vertically-integrated citizen action?

VI. Scaling Accountability Mapping on the MAVC Program

VII. Plenary: Takeaways and Ways Forward

VIII. Closing Remarks