The Partners of the Citizen Action Network for Accountability


THE CITIZEN ACTION NETWORK FOR Accountability (CANA) is the third collaboration between four media development organizations: the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), the Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD), the Mindanao News and Information Center Service Cooperative (MNICSC) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

Our latest collaboration was the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) and website Pera Natin ‘to! (, which worked to enhance public sector transparency and increase public awareness on corruption by building capacity of journalists to identify, monitor and report on transparency and accountability issues.

For two years from 2009 to 2011, PPTRP built media, civil society and general public literacy in all aspects of public finances and activity as a crucial step towards combating corruption and improving transparency and accountability in public life. It specifically produced and published more than 100 unique reports and educational background papers on transparency and accountability issues; trained more than 390 journalists nationwide on public finance issues; piloted four media-citizen watchdog and accountability groups in Mindanao and the Visayas (which are now also associate partners in this project); and generated support from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as well as the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

PPTRP also designed and set up a dedicated educational and fully interactive website (Pera Natin ‘to! – It’s Our Money, continues to receive requests, comments and more than 17,000 monthly visits despite having ended in August 2011.

The same partners also implemented from 2007 to 2009 the highly regarded Philippine Human Rights Reporting Project which aimed to root greater human rights awareness in society via the media. The project’s funding partner, the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, featured it as one of its success stories ( for delivering specialized training on human rights issues; publishing stories and investigative reports; and organizing events and outreach activities to promote understanding that better awareness and protection of human rights is the cornerstone of a free and fair society.

 Institute for War and Peace Reporting

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) helps support democratic development and the rule of law in regions of crisis and transition through professional and media development. IWPR establishes sustainable networks and institutions, develops skills and professionalism, provides extensive reliable reporting, and builds cross-cultural and regional dialogue and debate.

IWPR’s work including building capacity and skills for and through local outlets by forging partnerships with local civil society organizations, as well developing new media solutions and networks. It is highly regarded for its work in governance and transparency, elections and reform, women, human rights and the rule of law. IWPR presently works on the ground in two dozen transitional states, building local capacity, establishing local institutions and supporting practical training and information programs. Its projects are distinguished by innovative use of technology and intensive, hands-on training approaches, and has special experience strengthening free media in challenging environments.

IWPR now exists as an international network for media development, with four not-for-profit divisions in Europe, the US and Africa, supporting training and capacity building programs for local journalism, with field programs in more than 20 transitional states. It is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom , a non-profit organization under Section 21 in South Africa, and is tax-exempted under Section 501 (c) (3) in the United States.

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Making All Voices Count

Making All Voices Count (MAVC) is a global initiative that supports innovation and developments in technology to promote transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens and make use of state-of-the-art technologies to make governments more effective.

It is a funding programme formed by a partnership between three organisations: Hivos, Ushahidi, and Institute for Development Studies. MAVC is receives financial support from four donors: UK Department for International Development (DfID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the Omidyar Network (ON).

MAVC works in 12 countries nationwide including the Philippines.