Ramallah - The Tajaawob consortium held a ďsocial accountabilityĒ exhibit on March 16 at the Ramallah Cultural Palace, showcasing models, tools and practices for promoting the role of citizens in holding decision-makers accountable and facilitating the response of authorities to the priorities and needs of citizens.
The exhibit was officially opened by British Consul General Dr. Alistair McPhail and Dr. Sabri Saydam, Tajaawob advisory board member and executive director of Net Kitabi, along with DFID Director Mr. Robin Milton.
The attendees then toured the exhibition after which they headed to the ďYour Voice is HeardĒ bus, where they were broadcast live on 24FM with Ihab Hariri. The exhibit was divided into various rooms in which people were involved in accountability exercises. An open invitation was made to marginalized communities, civil society organizations and the government sector to attend.
The rooms included exhibits such as: the use of media in accountability; mechanisms and models for accountability such as beneficiary councils and citizen cards; technology applications and infographs as tools of accountability, in addition to showcasing the experience of communities and social activists in planning and executing advocacy and lobbying campaigns.
The exhibition was the product of two-years work in partnership with the following institutions: MIFTAH, AMAN, Ruíya, BBC Media Action, the British Council and OXFAM and in cooperation with the following official institutions and ministries: Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of Local Government, with support from DIFD.
The Tajaawob project targeted several communities including Um Salamona, Froush Beit Dajan, Qalqilya, Azzoun, Hableh and Jerusalem where tools and mechanisms for social accountability were developed through lobbying and advocacy campaigns led by partner institutions at the local and national levels.
The project aims to support local communities in the use of a number of tools and conventional and creative spaces in a bid to convince official parties to better their services and policies, especially those pertaining to youth and women. The project focuses on supporting civil society institutions to boost their representation of local communities including those which find it difficult to getting their voices heard.