We have mentioned it many times on this blog - CommGAP is no more. But our work lives on! Just before we closed shop at the end of October, we were able to publish three more publications directly aimed at governance practitioners that we hope you will find useful. Please check out the new facilitators guide People, Politics and Change: Building Communication Capacity for Governance Reform , the trainer's guide Generating Genuine Demand for Accountability Through Communication , and the case study compendium Changing Norms is Key to Fighting Everyday Corruption .
People, Politics and Change: Building Communication Capacity for Governance Reform is based on CommGAP's flagship course of the same name and provides comprehensive training materials for reform managers, change agents, development practitioners, and training professionals to set up this course. Participants would learn how to use smart communication techniques to promote change through governance reform. The course provides the relevant concepts, frameworks and applications and is grounded in expert knowledge and practical research from academics and scholars and practitioners in the field, culled and enriched from CommGAP’s series of global dialogue on key governance issues.
The trainer's guide Generating Genuine Demand for Accountability Through Communication is based on a module that CommGAP contributed to the World Bank Institute's core course on social accountability. The guide focuses on the role of communication techniques and approaches for generating genuine citizen demand for accountability. It is designed for development practitioners in donor organizations, governments, and civil society, who are setting up capacity-building programs for promoting sustainable accountability and governance reform. A conceptual framework for communication and accountability provides trainers with an understanding of the role of communication, while several case studies exemplify communication for accountability in developing countries. The guide proposes a training structure and provides training materials as well as exercises.
Lastly, let us present a case study compendium on the role of norms in the fight against corruption. Changing Norms is Key to Fighting Everyday Corruption  is based on CommGAP’s interactions with the global anti-corruption community as well as earlier research. Author Sabina Panth collected 18 case studies from around the world, with real-life examples of citizens coming together to speak up against corruption and social norms vis-à-vis corruption or to change public services affected by corrupt practices. The case studies are accompanied by an analysis that is intended to shed light on practical approaches, tools, and techniques that have been successful in bringing citizens together to stand against the daunting phenomenon as corruption.
We hope that you will enjoy these new - and CommGAP's last - publications and that they will be useful to you. As always, your comments are very welcome.
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