ACIJ is co-facilitating GPSA E-forum on Governance and the Law
From October 19 to November 6 ACIJ will be co-sponsoring the E-forum “Engaging with Citizen Voices and Experiences: The 2017 World Development Report on Governance and the Law”.
The 3-week E-forum will be held on the GPSA Knowledge Platform and will consist of an online discussion where multiple stakeholders are expected to share their views, knowledge and experiences in the field of governance and the law, including ways in which different practitioners seek to promote governance reforms and strengthen the responsiveness of legal systems.
The E-forum aims to: 1) identify daily experiences and challenges of citizens with governance and the law; 2) reflect on the various factors that influence the quality of governance and the law in specific situations; and 3) share good practices of engagement between civil society organizations and governmental agencies and ways to promote reforms in governance.
Along the first week (October 19-25), Carolina Cornejo from ACIJ will be co-facilitating the discussion along with Stephen Commins (UCLA and the WDR17 team) and Janet Oropeza (Fundar).
More information about the E-forum
The World Development Report 2017 on Governance and the Law seeks to understand how governance interventions can be more effective in generating sustainable welfare improvements in the long term, and self-reinforcing dynamics of inclusion. Typically, policy discussions and technical advice consider issues such as coverage and quality of education, provision of health services, investment climate, etc. to explain development performance. However, interventions to improve these abovementioned factors can fail if the underlying determinants, which constrain sustainable progress, are not first addressed. This refers to the way in which institutions are shaped, legitimized and equipped to deliver on such goals. Our understanding of policy options to address these underlying determinants, which are crucial for countries to achieve key development outcomes like growth, equity, and security, is lacking. In this context, the Report seeks to unpack the complex interactions between state institutions, power, social norms, and development outcomes to (i) explain cross-country (and within-country) heterogeneity and (ii) investigate processes of institutional change. By understanding better these interactions and these underlying factors, governance reforms may yield better outcomes.
The WDR 2017 team will utilize e-forum participants’ contributions as follows: (a) to have a reality-check on the WDR’s framework and main concepts; and (b) to identify specific country/case experiences that can be used to illustrate content of the Report.
This e-forum is one means through which the WDR 2017 will engage with external stakeholders working on governance issues.