Building the Case for Social Accountability: Lessons from ANSA-South Asia

Join the World Bank Institute and the Social Development Department
for a presentation followed by discussion

Building the Case for Social Accountability:
Lessons from ANSA-South Asia

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 • 12:30pm – 2:00pm
J Building, Room J8-044

Tea, coffee and cookies will be provided.


Jeff Thindwa
Manager, WBI Social Accountability Practice


George Cheriyan
Director, CUTS International


Naimur Rahman (to be confirmed)
Chief Operations Officer
Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – South Asia (ANSA-SAR)

Janmejay Singh
Sr. Social Development Specialist, Social Development Department


South Asia has been home to many social accountability initiatives, and the evidence demonstrating social accountability’s effectiveness in the region is growing and being consolidated. The Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – South Asia (ANSA-SAR) has played a key role in convening relevant stakeholders and sharing knowledge on social accountability practices at the regional level, such as through the Community of Practice on Social Accountability in the South Asia Region (CoPSA), which is a partnership between ANSA-SAR and CUTS International. The presenter will focus on the work ANSA SAR has done on social accountability through CoPSA. The discussants will highlight ANSA’s role in seeding, implementing, and documenting 22 social accountability pilots in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as well as bolstering discussion around the evidence base on social accountability. ANSA-SAR partners have produced early encouraging results from their social accountability experiments, for example on social welfare programs in India, which provide practical knowledge on what has worked as well as what has not worked.

For more information, visit ANSA-SAR and CoPSA, and CoPSA’s Facebook page.

Speaker Bio

George Cheriyan is currently the Director of CUTS International and heads the CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CUTS CART), one of the programme centres of CUTS, based in Jaipur, India. CUTS is an Indian origin International NGO, pursuing social justice and economic equity within and across borders. George has over 29 years of experience in working in development/NGO sector. He is overseeing the anchoring of ‘Community of Practice on Social Accountability’ in the South Asia Region (CoPSA) in partnership with ANSA SAR.

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