During 2015, IPPF, Save the Children, the White Ribbon Alliance and World Vision joined with partners to host over 100 community and national Citizens’ Hearings across Africa and Asia - as well as a global Citizens’ Hearing during the World Health Assembly.

In 2016 we are continuing the call to hold governments to account for their commitments to the updated Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health and for a strong accountability framework within the Sustainable Development Goals, with citizens and civil society taking a lead role in the process. The toolkit provides highlights from the hearings in 2015 and further background on the citizens’ hearings process. It also provides hints and tips in preparations for initial or follow-up Citizens’ Hearings in 2016.

Speak up for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health by organising a Citizens' Hearing in your community. Click the image to download the new toolkit now:



Make sure citizens' voices are heard across the world - download the Citizens' Hearing Outcome Form as a word document and share it with us so we can keep up the pressure to hold world leaders accountable. Contact information for each organisation is available in the toolkit.

For more guidance on how to hold your own Citizen Hearing read the inside story on planning the Tanzania Citizen Hearing.


Hold governments accountable to their promises by becoming a Citizen Reporter. Download the toolkit:


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Free Online Course in Citizen Engagement 

Access a free online course in Citizen Engagement in Development from the World Bank Group, London School of Economics, Overseas Development Institute, Participedia, CIVICUS and Coursera.


Citizen Hearing Contact Information

To see where Citizens' Hearings are happening and for country contact information, see our World Events Map

For more information on global events:

Caroline Green, White Ribbon Alliance

Serena O’Sullivan, Save the Children

Kate Eardley, World Vision International

Barbara Dockalova, IPPF