The American University in Cairo School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Symposium: Can ‘Social Accountability’ Lead to a Better Urban Reality?
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Jun 26, 2013 6:00–9:00pm
Organized by: Takween
Venue: AUC Oriental Hall
Address: Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Downtown
Event Language: Arabic

Do you know who pays for paving the roads, fixing the street lighting or maintaining green spaces in your neighborhood? Do you know which governmental agency is responsible for building your Healthcare Unit or your Youth Club? Who decides the priorities of public services needed in your area? Do you know who monitors the cost of these public services and ensures their quality? If you want to have a role in improving your neighborhood and to hold governmental agencies accountable for the efficiency and quality of public services in your area, you can do that through “Social Accountability”.

TADAMUN: the Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative and the Department of Public Policy and Administration, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (AUC) organize a public Symposium with the aim to develop a better understanding of social accountability mechanisms to explore their potential role as a tool to improve the standards of public service provision and ensure the equitable distribution of services across the city. The Symposium also addresses the importance of government transparency and the right to access to information to enable citizens to hold the government accountable for its urban planning policies, its implementation of urban development projects, and its management of urban areas.

To this effect, the Symposium will illustrate the recent efforts of some governmental and non-governmental agencies active in this field in Egypt. It will also demonstrate some successful and effective international practices concerning social accountability. The Symposium will conclude with an open discussion to facilitate strategic action.




Registration (6:00 pm – 6:30 pm)

Session I (6:30 pm – 7:45 pm)

- Department of Public Policy and Administration, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, AUC

- The Social Contract Center

- CARE International - Egypt

Session II (7:45 pm – 9:00 pm)

- TADAMUN: the Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative

- The Egyptian Center for Civil and Legislative Reform

- Open Discussion

Location: The Oriental Hall, AUC Campus, Tahrir Square, Cairo (Please enter from Mohamed Mahmoud Street)

The Symposium is open to the public and will be in Arabic