Closing Feedback Loops: From Engaged Citizens to More Responsive Governments
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Preston Auditorium, Main Complex (MC) 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT (Time Converter)
How do we ensure that governments become more responsive to their citizens’ feedback? Can technology enable and accelerate this process? What are the mechanisms and approaches that transform feedback into better services, and improved development impact?
Join us on April 9 to tackle these questions in a conversation with Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President of the World Bank, and other high-level discussants representing civil society, government, and academia. This event will also mark the publication of an evidence base on these issues.
Send us your questions in advance and follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtags #OpenGovNow and #wblive!
A data revolution is underway – offering policy makers, businesses, and citizens unprecedented new opportunities to make informed decisions for better lives. This event will discuss the data phenomena from different angles, identifying concrete actions related to: How can the post-2015 Development Agenda enable a step change in data activities for improving accountability and providing new services? What are the most important policy needs? How can we support countries to take ownership and create, open up, and maintain their own data that captures the realities on the ground? How can open data enhance accountability? How can new technology driven data (e.g. from remote sensing and crowd sourced data from mobile phones) help fill gaps? What is the potential for new and/or innovative funding sources? What new forms of public-private collaborations will be necessary?
The World Bank Group will play an important role in the development data revolution, and we recognize that we will need to work with partners. The event will be an excellent opportunity to engage key partners in a discussion on actions needed to support a data revolution for the Post-2015 development agenda.
From Citizens’ Voice to Action: Update on the Global Partnership for Social Accountability
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Room I2-250 (I Building) | 2:15pm to 3:45pm (Time Converter)
Join us for a panel discussion on progress made and important steps ahead for the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). On March 18, the GPSA announced the 8 CSO finalists for the second round of GPSA grants. The grants support projects in which civil society and governments collaborate to resolve critical governance problems. The discussion will focus on key issues and opportunities for engagement around social accountability, knowledge, and solutions for development challenges in the implementation of GPSA. One of the GPSA’s first grantees will join to share their experiences to date, and give some details about the outlook and experiences of the project in the education sector in Moldova.
Empowering Civil Society: How to Improve Accountability and Service Delivery Through Open Budgeting?
Friday, April 11, 2014
I2-220 (I Building), 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EDT (Time Converter)
Budgets influence public service delivery. Participation in the budget process allows citizens to voice their priorities in resource allocations, monitor public expenditure, and hold governments accountable for the quality of services.
Opportunities for public participation around the budget cycle are growing as more governments are opening up their budget data, and the international development organizations, including the World Bank Group, are spearheading the global agenda on fiscal transparency and open data. This trend has created new space for the use of data by CSOs, media, parliaments, and citizens to increase government accountability. However, the use of data by non-state actors is still lagging partly due to insufficient capacity.
This session will provide an overview of how the World Bank’s Open Budgeting Program helps bridge this gap by building capacity of the government as well as CSOs, media, parliaments and citizens, and helps them work together around public budgeting to enhance public accountability and delivery of services.