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Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability (ANSA)

Around the world, ordinary citizens often feel powerless and detached from their governments. They do not feel a connection to public institutions, lack influence in the governing process, and do not have a coherent voice to express their collective demands. Social accountability tools enable citizens to engage with governments in a constructive, meaningful way by using evidence-based analysis and advocacy

Through collaboration with the regional ANSAs or the Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability, the World Bank Institute (WBI) has contributed  to building networks in Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Middle East and at the Global level to support civil society organizations (CSOs) in their efforts to monitor governments in areas like service delivery and to build demand for public accountability.

The ANSA networks are an attempt to build the capacity of a network, centered around a regional institution but with diverse membership, to address accountability and demand-side governance issues. The ANSA model is designed to foster networks of practitioners and peer-to-peer learning among a variety of audiences.

The ANSA “journey” began in Accra, Ghana in 2006 at a regional stakeholders’ conference. The conference findings pointed to the need to connect social accountability practitioners across the continent to create a more cohesive community of practice across Africa. They collectively envisioned and designed a regional platform that could serve as a continent-wide clearinghouse for knowledge products, capacity building, and networking for social accountability in Africa. Out of this process, the ANSA Africa was born. 

It quickly became clear that this model had a strong potential for supporting practitioners in implementing social accountability approaches at the local and national levels, for collecting and disseminating research on such approaches, and for raising the overall awareness and profile of social accountability work both regionally and globally. Within regions and across regions, to some extent, similar demands existed: demands for capacity building, knowledge products, research, and above all – for a network to support implementing and learning more about the work of similar programs regionally and globally. ANSA Africa was followed by new networks in the East Asia Pacific region (2008), South Asia (2009), at the Global level (2009), and most recently in the ANSA Arab World (2011).

While their work is varied, the ANSAs are linked by their common goal of seeking innovative ways to equip civil  society organizations and ordinary citizens with the skills necessary to play a more active role in holding governments to account.

The ANSA networks work to:
• Build capacity of individuals and organizations on social accountability good practices
• Provide a knowledge platform for dissemination of good practices
• Facilitate networking and regional exchanges among practitioners
• Provide technical assistance and strategic support to practitioners engaged in demand-side governance initiatives

Learn More: 


ANSA-EAP Voices, Monthly Newsletter


Checkmyschool video

ANSA-EAP Youth site



One ANSA Global Panel Launch Event Summary

ANSA Global Partnership Fund Panel Mandate

ANSA Arab World

ANSA Arab World Facebook page

Comments (7)

I am currently working on

I am currently working on Social accountability and Equality in Malawi. I am interested to be a member of ANSA network. How can I go about it?

Membership & Subscription

I request to be a member of ANSA Africa Network

Organization membership with ANSA

I want to take membership of ANSA for my organization Pak Women working on social accountability, policy and budget advocacy in Pakistan, particularly in KP province.

I would like to become a member of the net work

I currently work as a Health accountability and mentorship manager with GOAL Uganda.i would like to would like to join the network.Could you kindly advise me

Empowering Global Development through Building Capacity

The International Relations Council of Riverside, with its eight sister cities around the globe, is interested in helping to build strong global networks, and participating with this initiative from southern California. We are advantaged by having excellent infrastructure (road, rail and air), and good governance at all levels.

Social Accountability in Latin America

A network of NGOs promoting the strengthening of ties between oversight institutions and citizens in Latin America as a way to foster social accountability->


Dear ANSA team.

I am currently working on Social accountability program in Ethiopia. How can i be a member of the network?

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