WHO WE ARE
The Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) forms part of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
Social accountability places an explicit duty on members of the executive arm of governments, public officials and private service providers to justify their decisions and performance regarding the manner in which their use of public resources has affected the progressive realisation of socio-economic rights.
PSAM’s activities include research, monitoring, advocacy and capacity building. Working through southern Africa, PSAM generates and shares knowledge about social accountability and the monitoring and advocacy tools that can build more open, particpatory and accountable governments.
WHAT WE DO
PSAM has three strategic programmes.
Regional Learning activities aim to equip and engage southern African civic actors and interest groups with effective evidence-based social accountability monitoring and advocacy tools. Main activities include delivering the Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring course and developing country partnership agreements for context specific understanding and analysis of social accountability.
Monitoring and Advocacy activities involve the evaluation of planning, budgeting, expenditure and performance of selected government departments. Major outputs include budget analyses, strategic planning evaluations and service delivery reports.
The Advocacy Impact work draws on information from PSAM, its partners, social accountability practitioners and academics to contribute to the conceptual framework for social accountability. It aims to enhance the effectiveness of social accountability initiatives through knowledge generation and management.