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DFID Implementation and Analysis in Action of Accountability Programme (IAAAP)


SDDirect is one of two partners in a consortium delivering the £12m DFID funded Implementation and Analysis in Action of Accountability Programme (IAAAP) in Somalia.

IAAAP is a research-led, adaptive intervention that probes ‘what works’ for strengthened accountability in Somalia through a well-documented process of enquiry and experimentation. Sub-contracted IAAAP partners will conduct applied research and test models on the ground for greater accountability across a range of themes, including civil society-state engagement, financial flows and extractive industries. Through implementation of strategic, on-the ground action research interventions, IAAAP aims to provide, disseminate and put into use a robust evidence base that can effectively inform and equip the Somali public, civil society and administrations to secure more accountable institutions and processes.  IAAAP offers a unique opportunity to test ‘proof of concept’ for a limited number of demand-driven prototype initiatives (‘innovations’) that are firmly grounded in, and shaped by, an on-going process of social research and systemic political economy analysis.

In addition to thematic technical advice on governance, empowerment and accountability, our role in the consortium with BMB Mott MacDonald is to provide:

  • A Help Desk facility for IAAAP partners that responds to questions and offers advice on a range of technical issues.
  • Design, convening and facilitation support to the IAAAP Peer Learning Community.
  • Technical advice and support on gender and social inclusion.

The Help Desk is staffed by SDDirect empowerment, voice and accountability specialists who are available via email, telephone and Skype to respond to queries from service providers on a range of issues including:

  • Advice on programme design, linkages, coordination and collaboration across the various programme elements.
  • Specific light-touch technical advice on good practice and resources in relation to empowerment, voice and accountability, gender dimensions and social inclusion.
  • Advice on participatory methodologies and tools for stakeholder dialogue, convening and group processes.

The programme started in 2015 and will run until 2019.