The PSA Alliance is a consortium of organisations led by ActionAid International and including the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) of Rhodes University, Eastern and Southern Africa Small-Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS, which is implementing the project ‘Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa’, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
About the Project
Through this project, the PSA Alliance works to improve social accountability and gender-responsiveness in public resource management in health and agricultural services across five countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), contributing to the realisation of SADC commitments on HIV, sexual and reproductive rights (SRHR) and food security in the Southern African region.
2020 to September 2021 Highlights
Promoting social accountability amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lessons and Strategies
In the long-term, governments should recognise and invest in social safety mechanisms, including resilient health systems that do not risk compromising access to relevant, affordable and quality SRH services in responding to national crises.
We need leaders to hold themselves to the highest standards of accountability, particularly in times of crisis, ensuring delivery of key public services (such as healthcare and food) reaches those most affected.
Following last year’s Cyclones Kenneth and Idai and continued climatic shocks, Southern Africa is now facing even more dire economic challenges. Over 45 million people were already expected to face food shortages this year, and the COVID-19 crisis will mean even more will be affected.