Engaged Citizens, Responsive Governments, Better Services for People?
Read the blog post, "Engaged Citizens, Responsive Governments, Better Services for People?" from the World Bank Institute's Senior Governance Specialist, Stephen Davenport.
In his post, Davenport talks about citizen engagement, specifically how clear it is that "citizens’ voices are heard and included in government actions." WBI has a series of events on digital engagement and as Davenport says, the hope is that increased discussion will help "focus more on engagement, ownership, and sustainability." A discussion was held March 6, around “Maximizing the Impact of Mapping and Crowdsourcing,” and on April 9, as part of the 2014 World Bank Spring Meetings, citizen engagement will again be a topic in the event "Closing Feedback Loops: From Engaged Citizens To More Responsive Governments."
Davenport writes that there are four main things we have learned so far in the discussion surrounding citizen engagement, and expands upon them in his post: 1) Ensuring the sustainability of community mapping and crowdsourcing projects is difficult; 2) Communities often find their own solutions to problems with better information; 3) Communities don’t scale, but move at their own speed; and 4) Projects should engage citizens in a non-technocentric way from start to finish to be truly inclusive.
To read more and/or to find out how you can stay engaged in the conversation on April 9, read the full blog post. Let us know what you think by way of comments.