Regional Learning

The Regional Learning Programme (RLP) offers the Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring course (a Rhodes University accredited course) three times a year. This course provides an introduction to a rights-based approach to social accountability and an integrated systemic approach to evidence-based social accountability monitoring of public resource management frameworks. It is suited for civil society decision-makers, trainers on social accountability monitoring and advocacy, government oversight bodies, media practitioners, and academics. The 2017 course dates are as follows:

9 – 20 July 2018. Application closing date: 25 May 2018

8 – 19 Oct 2018. Application closing date: 24 August 2018

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The RLP also engages in partnerships with organisations falling within its target group to test the applicability of its approach to social accountability monitoring in a number of contexts within Sub-Saharan Africa. The nature of these partnerships is context-specific and the terms are negotiated and agreed between the RLP and its partners. Previous and current partnerships have included the following activities:

  • Mapping out the legislative, procedural and normative framework for public resource management within the relevant country contex
  • Adaptations of the PSAM Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring course to various country contexts, through the use of a local government authority as a case study
  • Training of local trainers to deliver context-specific adaptations of the PSAM course
  • Providing technicaland mentoring support to local trainers
  • Mentoring of partners and their trainees on the application of the PSAM tools and systematic approach to social accountability monitoring over a 3-year period
  • Assisting with the documentation of monitoring outcomes, impact and lessons for sharing with a wider audience
  • Facilitating linkages and networking with other sociall accountability stakeholder

The Regional Learning Program (RLP), having run the Fundamentals of Social Accountability (FSAM) course 27 times since 2007, is bringing to life its Social Accountability Network and community of over 500 past participants. The RLP invites all its Fundamentals course Alumni to join the Fundamentals Alumni Group that can be accessed through the COPSAM website. The platform seeks to enable practitioners in the region to come together virtually, interact and share SAM practice experiences and how to better adapt these practices in order to meet our individual and collective objectives.

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Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring Course

The Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring certificate course seeks to enable participants to understand and apply the principles of a rights-based approach to social accountability monitoring, and identify the legislative framework that oversees social accountability monitoring in their contexts. It seeks to enable them to evaluate the relevance of social accountability monitoring to their organisations and country-specific contexts.It also aims to enable participants to identify social accountability advocacy opportunities within the public resource management framework and apply various advocacy skills. &nbsp Read More
The course has been accredited with Rhodes University. Accreditation with the University makes accreditation with SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) automatic as the former is recognized by SAQA and the Department of Education as a registered provider of higher education and has been delegated authority by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) to accredit its own short courses.
SAQA uses a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to give academic weighting to qualifications. Our course is currently graded at NQF Level 6, which is Diploma/Advanced certificate level. 2017 course dates: 29 May - 9 June 2017 (Application closing date: 13 April 2017). 25 Sept - 6 Oct 2017 (Application closing date: 11 August 2017). 13 - 24 Nov 2017 (Application closing date: 29 Sept 2017). For information on how to apply and costs, contact us at

Regional Partnerships

A Social Accountability Practitioners Conference was held from 27 to 29 August 2013 at the White Sands Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The event was jointly organized by Policy Forum, Action Aid- Tanzania, Forum Syd, Public Service Accountability Monitor, MS-TCDC and SDC - Tanzania.
 Please see the link for the event below: