Project name: Child led Social Accountability Framework for Health and Education Provision in Bangladesh (BSIF)

Duration: 2016 to 2018

Name of Donor: Save the Children

Brief description of project:
Breaking the Silence has in the last 3 years piloted child sensitive social accountability projects with the support of Save the Children. Under our Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG) and Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) pilots, children take part in planning and budgeting processes, track and monitor commitments and budget allocations, feedback on the administration of development, social safety nets and services. We have promising emerging evidence with respect to budget allocations and effective coverage of services coming out of the projects. For example, in 2014/15 as a result of direct engagement of children and adolescents with local governance under the CFLG pilot, local government has ensured that 4572 children from extreme poor families have received school uniforms and educational materials, 47 bridges have been built, 1481 children have received cash transfers to enable them to continue learning, 187 sanitary latrines have been built, 294 tube wells and water pipelines set up for safe drinking water and 17 solar panels to communities. Moreover the participation of children and adolescents with local government mechanisms has been institutionalised through regular dialogue sessions, complaint and response mechanisms and membership of standing committees.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the realisation of children’s rights to health and education through increased accountability and responsiveness of primary health and education service delivery in Bangladesh. The specific objective is to design and test a child led social accountability framework, to improve the accountability and responsiveness of primary health and education improved service delivery (especially for women and children).

The project would build on existing social accountability and governance work already underway with local and central government, but with the objective of generating sufficient programmatic evidence and operational research to advocate with government and other key players (World Bank, etc.) that social sector services should have in-built social accountability mechanisms at the primary service delivery point, and include a strong element of child and youth-led interventions.

Working area:
5 unions of Debhata upazila under Satkhira District.
Expected results of project:
Result 1 -> Effective, equitable and accountable service delivery and allocation of resources by education and health service providers and local authorities at project locations
Result 2 -> Target group children and adolescents empowered as citizens individually and collectively to understand their rights and to engage with local decision makers
Result 3 -> Evidence generated to enable advocacy with the government and other key players to lobby for social sector services to have in-built social accountability mechanisms at the primary service delivery point, and include a strong element of child and youth-led interventions
Result 4 -> Strengthened National level evidence based child-led advocacy on effective, equitable and accountable service delivery and allocation of resources
Result 5 -> A new culture of learning and reflection nurtured among local officials, implementing partners, involved CBOs, NCTF and learning promotes improvement in social accountability.


Achievement so far (Up to June 2017):
•-> 86% Local authorities (80 out of 93 ) and 70% service providers (218 out 310 ) for the first time developing joint agreed action plans to improve the services for children, conducting self-assessment, actively participating in the interface with the children and updating the progress of the action plan together with the children.
•-> 3152 children (1371 boys & 1781 girls) and 255 youths (139 boys and 116 girls) participated in 146 information sharing sessions and 14 awareness raising workshops. 79% (rural 80% urban 77%) children of 3152 children are from the deprived group.
•-> Around 3152 children (1371 boys & 1781 girls) were made aware on their rights and entitlements regrading health and education services, Social accountability and RTI through participating in different awareness raising sessions.
•-> Baseline with 1826 children has been conducted, crosschecked in the field level and a report has been submitted. •-> Develop guideline for social accountability tools development workshop. •-> Child database has been checked and finalized to randomize in treatment and control group
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