Dr. Fletcher Tembo is an Independent Consultant and is building a Pan-African accountability action research and learning platform called Mwananchi Accountability Research and Learning (‘Mwananchi’ is a Kiswahili word for ordinary citizen) based in Malawi. He was, up to December, 2017, based in Kenya as Director for the Making All Voices Count Programme, an international initiative implemented by Hivos (lead), Institute of Development Studies and Ushahidi and funded by DFID (lead), USAID, Omidyar Network and SIDA. The programme was implemented in 12 countries around the world to learn how to harness new technologies for enhancing citizen engagement and government responsiveness and accountability. His specific research interests are on exploring tech-informed game changing moments in transparency and accountability projects.
He is currently a part-time consultant supporting developmental evaluation for the Innovation for Change programme, which focuses on building civil society innovation hubs in different civic spaces, implemented by Counterpart International and Civicus, and funded by USAID, SIDA and Tides.
Fletcher has also been Director of a Governance and Transparency programme (2008 – 2013) while he was working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London (2006 -2013). This action research work resulted in three research and practice -oriented publications: ‘Rethinking Social Accountability in Africa’, ‘Citizen Voice and Accountability: towards theories of change that embrace contextual dynamics’, and an OECD book chapter ‘Improving service provision: drawing on collective action theory to fix incentives’.
He has also been supporting innovative programme/ project design that use political economy analysis approaches, and innovative monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks of several programmes, such as the MASC Foundation in Mozambique, Kenya Drivers of Accountability, the Zambia Governance Foundation, Zambia Accountability Programme and the Tilitonse Governance Programme in Malawi; and providing guidelines on embedding Political Economy Analysis in the Citizen Voice and Action projects for World Vision International.