Raising The Stakes: The Impact of HakiElimu’s Advocacy Work on Education Policy and Budget in Tanzania

By Ruth Carlitz (University of California, Los Angeles) and Rosie McGee (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex).

Tanzania has invested heavily in ensuring that all children have access to education. Civil society group HakiElimu stepped in to take the political commitment beyond enrollment and graduation targets to meaningful policy decisions that lead to higher quality schooling. This case study examines the issues, campaign, and impact.

The full version and short summary of this case study are available in English. The short summary case study is available in French and Spanish.

When Opportunity Beckons: The Impact of the Public Service Accountability Monitor’s Work on Improving Health Budgets in South Africa

By Alta Fölscher (Mokoro, Ltd.) and John Kruger (Oxford Policy Management).

The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa struggles with high poverty, poor public infrastructure, and dysfunctional administrative systems. One result is that the Eastern Cape has the worst health outcomes in the country. This case study illustrates how a South African civil society organization has used its budgetary analysis to advocate for improvements in health service delivery.

The full versionshort summary, and one page summary of this case study are available in English.

Health, Citizenship, and Human Rights Advocacy Initiative: Improving Access to Health Services in Mexico

By Almudena Ocejo (Centro de Contraloría Social y Estudios de la Construcción Democrática).

When it comes to health care in Mexico, “universal” has never meant equal, particularly when it came to the access to adequate care for the country’s 52 million uninsured. Civil society organization Fundar — a research organization with a background in budgetary analysis — developed a successful advocacy strategy on health policy to change this.

The full versionshort summary, and one page summary of this case study are available in English.

Social Justice Coalition Pushes for Access to Sanitation in Informal Settlements in South Africa

By Neil Overy (independent researcher). 

This case study was updated in 2013. The short summary and full version are available in English.

Formed in 2008, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is a coalition of civil society organisations in the informal settlement of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa. In response to reports from residents about the inadequate and unsafe conditions of sanitation facilities in the settlement, the SJC therefore launched the Clean and Safe Sanitation Campaign in 2010. The campaign aimed to ensure that the City Council properly maintained existing toilets and also provided additional clean and safe sanitation facilities in informal settlements. SJC’s campaign had several concrete achievements, such as the City’s introduction of a janitorial service for regular maintenance of flush toilets and standpipes. To achieve these gains, SJS relied on a multifaceted approach including extensive research, a legal strategy, media publicity targeting both poor and wealthy communities, protest, and some budget work.

The one page summary (November 2012), short summary (November 2012), and full version (November 2012) of this case study are available in English. The short summary case study (November 2012) is available in Spanish and French.


South African Legal Resources Centre Successfully Advocates for Adequate Education Facilities

By Alison Hickey Tshangana (independent researcher).

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is a South African nonprofit human rights organisation that conducts public interest litigation. In response to the South African government’s delays to remove mud schools in the Eastern Cape Province, LRC took the government to court in August 2010. As a result of the mounting legal pressures, in January 2011 the Eastern Cape Department of Education signed an agreement with LRC. According to the agreement, the national government would introduce a new three-year grant to address infrastructure backlogs, of which Eastern Cape would receive 78 percent of the total. In the interim, the provincial education department would provide temporary structures and furniture for the seven schools that joined the court case. Progress in implementing these agreements has been slow, but the LRC continues to apply pressure and monitor progress.

The one page summary, short summary, and the full version of this case study are available in English. The short summary is also available in Spanish and French.