Share-Net Conference on Community Accountability

The expert meeting ’Can communities make a change? Conference on community-driven accountability in SRHR and HIV and AIDS’, organised by Share-Net, took place in 2012 .

The conference

The conference brought together development organisations, universities, students, individual experts, and representatives of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It provided participants an overview of existing knowledge, including evidence and examples from practice, in the field of community-driven accountability on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV. The conference also provided a platform to share experiences, and to discuss challenges, research gaps, and implications for implementing community-based interventions for increasing accountability.

Key questions

During the conference, key questions included:

  • What is the potential impact of community-driven accountability on service delivery?
  • Do different types of community-driven accountability produce different results? And are results felt throughout the health system? 
  • Which ones increase availability to services? 
  • Which ones increase accessibility? And which ones increase quality? 
  • How can donors, non-governmental organisations and governments support community-driven accountability?

Key note speakers were Stephen Commins, Strategy Manager Fragile States at International Medical Corps and lecturer at the Department of Urban Planning, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA; Shohel Khan, Project Coordinator of Health Monitoring and Advocacy on Safe Motherhood Project; and Jennifer Gatsi, Director of the Namibia Women's Health Network.