A practical guide to identify improvements through assessment
International IDEA resources on Democracy and Development.
Countries with low levels of service delivery tend to have
one thing in common: they have little or no provisions for effective sanctions
or rewards. So although democracy is often equated with an assumption that
accountability mechanisms are at work, the reality is much more complex. There
are many different variables affecting service delivery and the way
accountability mechanisms work. Such mechanisms are often non-existent, barely
functional or discriminate on the basis of identity, sexual orientation, age,
income, disability or power.
This guide contains an assessment methodology to identify
improvements in democratic accountability mechanisms. The framework is the most
recent addition to International IDEAs family of citizen-led assessment
frameworks: State of Democracy and State of Local Democracy Assessments. Users
will find guidance to determine whether duty bearers can be held accountable
throughout the policy process concerning the provision of public services, and
how to devise improvements for such accountability mechanisms.