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Strategic Dilemmas in Changing Contexts: G-Watch’s Experience in the Philippine Education Sector
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On 19 April, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Hivos brought together funders, civil society organizations, and researchers to consider the opportunities and challenges of linking state and civil society efforts towards greater transparency and accountability (T/A). At the roundtable, Joy Aceron of the Philippine NGO Government Watch (G-Watch) presented some of the strategic issues arising from her organization’s work in the education sector .

The case triggered a productive exchange between academics, civil society colleagues, and funders from across the world about what does strategic thinking in changing context mean in a concrete case and for the field.

This short think piece (Strategic Dilemmas & Context FG SR) picks up on the conversation to encourage collective thinking, research and action.

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Textbook count program
The Textbook Count Program worked by linking state and non-state actors and by using both cooperative and confrontational strategies.
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Researching context
Research on the politics of contextual factors as diverse as decentralization, federalism, – topics not explicitly linked to T/A – have much to offer T/A organizations.
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