Global Conference on Citizen Engagement

The World Bank Group, CIVICUS, Government of Finland and InterAction to hold global conference on Citizen Engagement

The World Bank Group, in partnership with CIVICUS , the government of Finland and Interaction is organizing a conference on citizen engagement on March 18, 2013 to position the citizen engagement agenda as essential for effective development.

The Citizen Voices conference will focus on citizen engagement and feedback systems that strengthen the quality of policy making and service delivery, where the impact on the poor is most direct. It aims to explore how the citizen engagement agenda is essential for effective development, move from knowledge to action, and establish concrete partnerships for scaling up at global and national levels.

The conference will be opened by Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, and feature Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and and World Bank Group Managing Director, Caroline Anstey.

The event will bring together tech innovators, development specialists, government officials, academics, civil society representatives, World Bank staff and the private sector where experience with client feedback systems is the deepest. Sessions will include discussions exploring how innovative uses of technology can be transformational, how governments can be more responsive, and how we ensure citizen feedback is robust.

The conference will close by generating ideas for how we proceed as a collective in advancing the citizen engagement agenda.

Virtual participation will be open to the public via live webcast at:  http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/event/citizen-voices. Physical participation by invitation only.

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