The Citizen Helpdesks are a pioneering citizen feedback, dialogue and community voice platform to ensure accountability in the development process. The Helpdesks have now collected critical information from hundreds of communities across Nepal, Liberia and Mali, solving daily problems for citizens and closing the loop on challenges related to everything from migration, to human trafficking, to natural resource management and security issues. It consists of an educated group of volunteers led by local journalists who act as two-way information collection and dissemination units. These volunteers survey communities every month to identify critical problem areas and relay this information to local and national "power-holders"; Accountability Lab ensures that validated information about these critical issues is fed back to communities through radio shows, community meetings, and other media, especially in local languages.
How It Works
1. Communities select dedicated groups of volunteers- Community Frontline Associates- led by local journalists, who act as two-way information collection and dissemination units.
2. The CFAs gather information on critical problems on a monthly basis through community surveys, relaying this information to our dedicated teams who coordinate with local and national power-holders.
3. We ensure validated information on these issues is fed back down to communities through local radio shows, community meetings and info-graphics in local languages, facilitating conversations about key local concerns and working with partners to solve problems.
4. This process is used to ensure that everyone understands how and when development will take place, to build accountability into local decision-making in real-time, and to close the feedback loop between citizens, governments, the media and the private sector.
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