The event started with introductory remarks by Parmesh Shah, Lead Rural Development Specialist (SASDA); and chaired by Adolfo Brizzi, Sector Manager (SASDA). The discussants were Robert S Chase, Lead Social Development Specialist, SDV; Bhuvan Bhatnagar, Senior Social Scientist, EASSO; and J V R Murty, Water Institutions Development Specialist, ETWSA.
George Cheriyan Director, CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CUTS CART) attended the Demand for Good Governance (DFGG) Summit organised by the World Bank in Washington DC on June 02-03, 2008. He made a presentation on ‘Improving Public Expenditure Outcomes through Social Accountability Approaches: Field Experiences from Rajasthan, India’ in the BBL event organised by the World Bank, on June 04, 2008. These initiatives have paved the way for the institutionalization of demand side accountability approaches in some World Bank projects and State Government programmes to improve service delivery, governance and anti-corruption in the South Asia Region. The discussants and participants appreciated the initiatives made by CUTS.