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The Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice September Newsletter!


Following up to our event entitled "A Digital Dilemma: How to Ensure Accountability and Inclusivity during COVID-19", this month's Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice newsletter gathers useful resources and opportunities from around the globe to enable our members to continue practicing dynamic accountability effectively during a time where the demand for digitalised mechanisms for accountability are rapidly increasing while offline accountability practices are more and more difficult. Featured articles include a round-up of highlights during the event, and a blog from Isabelle Kermeen of Integrity Action who shares her experience on integrating online-offline engagement solutions. Further resources and opportunities from UN Data Forum, OGP Youth Summit, Mozilla Foundation, TechSoup and others are included. Enjoy!

Accountability in Action

The Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice: "What's Next for the Digital Dilemma?"



To wrap up the Digital Dilemma event, the DACoP team collated thoughts, recommendations, best practices and suggestions from participants' discussions to explore “what’s next?” for social inclusion and dynamic accountability practices in a tech-based world.

Read our Accountability in Action piece to learn more!

Community Spotlight!

Isabelle Kermeen @ Integrity Action: "Social Inclusion in Social Accountability: Combining Online and Offline Tools"

Photo of a man wearing an orange vest that reads "Citizen monitors. Everybody wins"
Isabelle Kermeen of Integrity Action shares a few practical insights and examples of what Integrity Action is doing as inspiration for others who want to make their tech-based social accountability efforts more inclusive.

Click here to read Isabelle's blog!

  Upcoming Events & Opportunities  


  • Accountability Lab, Restless Development and the Open Government Partnership, Open Youth Digital Summit. The 2 day virtual summit will provide an opportunity to connect and engage with young people around the world. It will offer a global, online platform to explore the values and approaches youth can use for open governance during Covid-19 and catalyse action in response. Event on October 27th and 28th, 2020.
     
  • UN World Data Forum. The UN World Data Forum brings together data and statistical experts and users from governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia and professional bodies. From the DACoP, Restless Development and Accountable Now, alongside other partners such as Action for Sustainable Development, Madagascar Initiatives for Digital Innovation (Madagascar) are convening a conversation on Power and Data. Event runs from 19th to 21st October.
     
  • TICTeC Seminars 2020, The Impact of Civic Technology Conference. mySociety is putting on a a series of discussions to reflect on the impacts of the lack of digitalised accountability mechanisms on coronavirus communications, and why digital transparency and accountability are more relevant than ever going forward. Series runs from September through to November 2020.
     
  • The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) and Accountable Now, Accountability and Pandemics: Lessons from COVID-19. Call for contributors to the Special Issue of the South Asian Disaster Network's - the special issue will take a particular focus on the role of accountability during times of COVID-19 and how humanitarian and development organisations have overcome pandemic challenges to continue using accountability as a tool to identify needs and provide support to the people they work for and with during the pandemic. Do you have learnings or insights to share? Contact Bethany Keeley (bkeeley@accountablenow.org) to contribute.

   Resources   

  • Responsible Design. This tool kit and website brings together emergent best practices, workflows, and tools that communities, educators, mutual aid groups, designers, artists and activists are using for community building, and identifies the best way for online designs to become more people centric.
     
  • The Development Alternative, Making the Most of Digital Tools to Collect Youth Feedback. This article outlines the initiative's experience in adapting their accountability feedback mechanisms from in-person workshop to the online environment.
     
  • Mozilla Foundation, Global Landscape Scan and Analysis. This report from the Mozilla Foundation examines over 100 data initiatives from around the world that aims to shift the power towards the people. The report is a great library of examples, tools and resources for those wishing to design online tools that are fair.
     
  • TechSoup, Resources for Organisations Impacted by COVID-19. Engaging staff and volunteers is also a vital part of accountability practices for CSOs. This simple guide by TechSoup enables organisations to pivot and further enhance their internal practices for the new normal.
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