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ABOUT: HISTORY: Tr-Ac-Net and members
Tr-Ac-Net and Members
Text from around 2007
The Transparency and Accountability Network (Tr-Ac-Net) has an important mission. Success will be achieved by the efforts of members that share a vision for a more just and equitable society. Tr-Ac-Net is emerging quietly ... in many places. Everything is driven by the power of the membership.

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The environment is often challenging ... but poor people operating under adversity can make very good use of modest incremental help.
Small Business
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The informal trading sector ... small enterprises ... represent most of the sustainable economy of Uganda and benefit substantially from increased economic activity in the community.
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This child in Eastern Sudan is severely malnourished. In good times this is a harsh environment, but with conflict the situation is made dramatically worse.
Civil War
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Monrovia, Liberia around 1989. UN troops were too late to stop horrendous killings. The buildings in the background were occupied by the US company, Continental Seafoods in the 1970s. Whatever happened to the idea of NEVER AGAIN?

Introduction to the TVM system

People at the center of everything

The Basic Concepts of TVM ... in book format

About the old Tr-Ac-Net

About Community Accountancy from 2008

About the TAAME initiative from 2006

Tr-Ac-Net and Members from 2007

Some old text from 2000 to 2008 The old CCSD webpage from around 2006
Tr-Ac-Net Members
Tr-Ac-Net ... the Transparency and Accountability Network ... is a not for profit collaboration that works to build transparency and accountability throughout society.
Why Members
Tr-Ac-Net is a membership organization so that there can be efficient sharing of information to help bring transparency and accountability as the norm everywhere.

Trust is not easy. Trust is destroyed very easily, and takes years to build. Trust develops not only between individuals, but through secondary links and common connections. With trust, Tr-Ac-Net can move to address the big issues that are destroying community value, and help put humanity on a better course.

Origins of Tr-Ac-Net Trust
The origins of Tr-Ac-Net trust started to emerge several decades ago when it became apparent that many of the well known media establishments were better at reporting stories than in disseminating meaningful information. When information cannot be trusted, what can?

Trust ... Because of Danger
Trust is central to Tr-Ac-Net's mission. Because the mission is not universally popular, there is danger. People associated with Tr-Ac-Net's mission have been assassinated. Many in positions of power and influence would prefer that performance metrics compromised. The Tr-Ac-Net mission is "hard ball" and we need trust to move forward.

Making Data Trustworthy
Tr-Ac-Net aims to have data that may be trusted. Tr-Ac-Net aims to have data that may be tusted even where the individual contributor is unknown. This is achieved in several ways. Tr-Ac-Net uses standards which are data values that might be expected under similar conditions. Tr-Ac-Net builds experience about the contributors of data and trusts the data depending on the track record. Tr-Ac-Net has an approach to data that has its origins in accountancy rather than the statistics of the social sciences.

Members Sharing Information
Most members share their information in an open way with all the other members. Typically information is shared within the area of interest, with the contributor identified. It would be best if all information could be identified to a contributor, but there will be many situations where anonymous contributions will be required. Tr-Ac-Net aims to be a safe place for data to be compiled and available for responsible analysis. Even though the origin of some data may be unknown, Tr-Ac-Net aims to have the data that can be trusted.

Contributing Members
Contributing members are the backbone of Tr-Ac-Net's power and potential. No one person knows very much compared to what a community of people know. Tr-Ac-Net's contributing members make it possible for Tr-Ac-Net to know jointly much more than any individual can know. Tr-Ac-Net provides a platform so that contributed knowledge can be mobilized for the maximum of social value.

Community Contributors
Community contributors make it possible for Tr-Ac-Net to help any active comunity to achieve its potential. Knowledge is useful, but it only has value when it is part of a system that facilitates effective investment and action. Community contributors help to mobilize community information.

Community Volunteers
The Tr-Ac-Net system has been designed so that community volunteers can be the backbone of dataflows about a community. This changes the dynamic of socio-economic analysis from one that depends on highly educated expensive international staff to one where the data are pulled together by people who know a lot about the community and can bring a lot of data together at a very modest cost. Just as important, is that these data can be used as a foundantion for the community to know a lot about itself, and be able to track its own progress. Contrast this with, for example, the way in which the Millennium Village Project (MVP) has been organized

Student Volunteers
Tr-Ac-Net is designed to facilitate students doing valuable work for Tr-Ac-Net and the portfolio of communities in its database. Sometimes students will have the opportunity to visit a community, and in the course of a visit will learn a lot, but the value contribution to the community will be constrained by time and immediately available resources. By using their training, students can accelerate the development of the Tr-Ac-Net community portfolio, and thereby leverage the whole system for community good.

Community Teams

Tr-Ac-Net expects some organizations to embrace the idea of Community Impact Accountancy (CIA) and be active in helping for it to be deployed in all the areas where they are active. Some organizations are likely to resist the deployment of CIA both overtly and covertly. This is to be expected ... it is normal, upt to a point.

CAVEAT. The information on this website may only be used for socio-economic performance analysis, personal information, education and limited low profit purposes
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