The Action for Accountability (A4A) project is a project co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Accountability Lab South Africa and the Public Service Accountability Monitor. The project team is looking to commission a consultant(s) to carry out a baseline study to inform its implementation of the Action for Accountability program and to track its progress. Action for Accountability (A4A) is aimed at enhancing public service accountability and good governance in South Africa through citizen-led action for greater transparency and deepened public participation.

The proposed rights-based action responds to the contemporary dynamics of the accountability landscape in South Africa. It seeks to promote greater transparency and inclusive governance processes focused on citizen action as a means of bolstering accountability and strengthening relationships between citizens, government and the private sector so that people’s human rights are put first.  The project will establish Civic Action Teams (CivActs) in each of the four selected communities (Lenasia, Finetown, Mondeor and Makhanda). CivActs are a citizen feedback, dialogue and community voice platform that helps ensure accountability in the development process. The service provider will be required to undertake an assessment of citizen participation and accountability in local governance within the four selected communities as well as to analyse the impact that the existing trends have on levels of service delivery in these communities. 

The project partners anticipate that the duration for the consultancy will be up to 20 days between July and September 2022. A daily contractor rate of R 3 500 will be offered for this research determined by the experience and expertise of the contractor. The total cost of the consultancy is R 70 000.

Proposals and quotations should be sent to Yunus Chamda, Action for Accountability Project Manager of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation at [email protected] and CCd to [email protected]ndation.org, [email protected] and [email protected]  by 16:00 on Monday 25 July 2022. Late submissions will not be considered. 

Potential service providers should refer to the Terms of Reference to inform their proposals.