CARE’s experience with Community Score Cards.
What works and Why?
by Joseph Wales and Leni Wild
This policy brief explores the experience of CARE International in implementing community score card programmes in four countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Rwanda – and aims to address the significant research gap around cross-country comparative analysis of social accountability programmes.
The key findings of the research are that:
•• CARE’s Community Score Card programmes have contributed to strengthening service provision and community-state relations in each of these countries
•• Often this requires high levels of engagement with, and working through, different levels of the state apparatus. For support based on the idea of civic engagement, this is a counter-intuitive finding.
•• Reinforcing this, impacts are often ‘stuck’ at the local level and have only translated into national level impacts where they have plugged into existing government reforms.