Building capacities for citizen engagement

Capacity development workshop on citizen engagement and the post-2015 development agenda in the Arab Region will be held on 5-6 December in Beirut, Lebanon

Senior government officials and civil society representatives from the Arab region will discuss the intrinsic and instrumental benefits of engaging citizens in setting and delivering the national development agenda, beyond 2015. They will do so at a workshop organized by DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), following up to the requests for further work on participatory governance, received during a seminar in Rabat, Morocco in October 2011, also organized by DESA with ESCWA.

In Beirut, around 30 delegates from 14 countries are expected to discuss how governments can foster more public participation and social inclusion in the region, in the transition after the 2011 uprisings. Workshop plenary and group sessions are designed to allow for an enriching exchange of views in anticipation of national consultations on setting the global, regional and national post-2015 development agendas. 

Participants will discuss the specific conditions that their countries are facing, taking into account the characteristics of gradual or more rapid transition, particularly in relation to public participation in development management and public policy setting. They will also make recommendations on how best to assess their public institutional capacities to provide information to and consult with the public and involve citizens in decision-making.  

An important focus of the workshop will be the presentation of a draft Citizen Engagement Self-Assessment Questionnaire, designed to assist governments in carrying out this assessment, for discussion and pilot. Other expected outcomes include a summary of deliberations and enhanced knowledge on the part of the participants on workshop topics. 

For more information:
DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)