Citizen Engagement: A Game Changer for Development | WBGx on edX | Course About Video

Citizen Engagement: A Game Changer for Development | WBGx on edX | Course About Video


[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Recent events have
shown us that the relationship between government and its
citizens is often broken. From the Arab Spring
to Occupy Wall Street, citizens worldwide are
mobilizing, calling for greater openness, accountability and
responsiveness from their governments. In many developing
countries, people are seeking a deeper engagement in public life than
simply casting a vote every few years. They want to be included in the
decisions that affect their lives. At the same time, many
governments have learned that societies work best when
government and citizens work together. When citizens are invited
to participate in policy discussions and public
service delivery, they bring a wealth of ideas,
perspectives and know-how that enhance public programs. Though a concept as
old as society itself, the notion that citizen engagement
lies at the heart of development has gained tremendous
momentum in recent years. Is this a game-changer for development? MARY MCNEIL: One of the
lessons we’ve learned from the failures of development is
that just pumping money into the system is not going to solve the issue. We need to look at governance problems. We have to look at institutional issues. We need to look at how we make
institutions more responsive to people. Governments that listen to their
citizens deliver better services, and they formulate better policies. ANABEL CRUZ: Enabling citizens to
influence the design, implementation and monitoring of public
policies can result in improved accountability
of governments, leading to better
development outcomes for all. BJORN-SOREN GIGLER: In this
new approach of governance, people actually have a say in
determining what the programs will be. They’re not passive recipients, but
they’re active actors for development. And citizen engagement is
central in this process. SPEAKER: In addition to providing
a rich learning experience, this course hopes to catalyze
new citizen engagement initiatives around the world. Our instructors, leaders in academia,
government and civil society, provide a broad range of
perspectives and real-world evidence to give students a deeper
understanding of citizen engagement. Together, we ask and answer the
question, is citizen engagement a game-changer for development? MARY MCNEIL: We’re looking at
a wide range of innovations in this course, many of which have been
brought about by the ICT revolution. Were looking at things
like crisis mapping, the crowdsourcing of constitutions. And we’re looking at whether
those are really working or not. BJORN-SOREN GIGLER: The
key aspect of the course is that it’ll be very interactive,
allowing for people to contribute their own experiences, ideas and learn
from best practices and good cases from around the world. And it’s very concrete. MARY MCNEIL: We’re really excited about
this course, and we think you will be, too.

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