Child-responsive Accountability: Lessons from social accountability

Innocenti Working Papers 2013-04

Child-responsive Accountability: Lessons from social accountability
  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Nguyen, Lena Thu Phuong;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2013
  • Pages
    • 28
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 682U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This paper links the concept and practice of accountability with child rights, by asking: (1) What accountability means when children are the rights holders, and whose role is it to exact that accountability? (2) What are the assumptions underpinning social accountability, and how can they be revised from the child-rights perspective? (3) How do social and political dynamics at community and national levels, often not linked to child rights issues, shape accountability outcomes? The paper is addressed to child rights practitioners, while drawing from political economy and political science as well as the women’s rights movement. In doing so, it seeks to link the various lessons learnt in order to lay the ground for thinking about child-responsive accountability.


Thematic area

Convention on the Rights of the Child   /  Rights of the Child   /  Social Policies   / 


governance   /  rights of the child   /