Local Democracy and Accountability

Foto: Stina Karltun

Development talks

Local Democracy and Accountability

Uppdaterad: 23 maj 2014

Välkommen till Sida den 21 maj och ett seminarium i serien Development Talks med fokus på lokal demokrati och det civila samhället. Obligatorisk föranmälan!

“Where the Action Takes Place - The Ability of Local Democracy to Break Poverty”

Tuesday 21 May, 2013, 9 – 15
Sida Oasen, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm
Underground: Karlaplan

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Local Democracy is becoming increasingly important for development cooperation. It is, after all, at the local level the interaction between government and population takes place and where services are to be provided and resources mobilized.

Civil society gets support by Sida in order to promote a higher degree of participation and people’s involvement in the implementation of public policies (esp. regarding health, education, water and sanitation and other issues relating to governance at local level) and the practice of demanding accountability through transparency and participation. Sida is also supporting local governance directly in many ways, among others in partnership with ICLD, development cooperation.

There is an empowerment of the population and local politicans taking place, contributing to democracy and results at lodal level- ICT is often used to enhance this process.

Development Talk May 21 wants to assemble partners in development cooperation involved in the development of local democracy processes. It will be a stock-taking event, bringing together research and experience in order to enhance knowledge and future cooperation.

Market place - Partners will share ideas and best practices from their work on local democracy/accountability.

Very Welcome!

Questions and suggestions to Stina Karltun, 08-698 45 88

Time Preliminary agenda
09.30 - 09.45 Welcome
Georg Andrén Director, Department for Programme cooperation, Sida
09.45 - 11.00 The ability of local democracy to break poverty
Professor James Manor, University of London
11.00 - 11.20 Empowerment of women in politics through mentorship
An ICLD model for International Training Programmes by Gunilla Hjelm, (c) President of the Women’s Association of the Centre Party and on the Communal Board, Vetlanda
11.20 -12.30 PANEL; “ Why should development cooperation be concerned with the local level of governance?”
Anna Backman, Project Manager, SKL International,
Luther Yameogo, Country Representative, Diakonia, Burkina Faso
Jonas Kamleh, Deputy Head, Urban Development and Climate, City of Malmö,
Brechtje Kemp, Democracy and Development, International IDEA
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch/market
13.30 - 15.00 Parallell seminars
1. Local Democracy as a way to build society from below in post-conflict situations
In post-conflict situations where there is little or no central government to interact with, the development and strengthening of institutions from below can be a way out of chaos.
Professor Joakim Öjendal, School of Global studies, Gothenburg University,
Saif Omar, Thematic Advisor Conflict, Forum Syd
2. The Role of Media and ICT in creating Accountability at Local Level
Initiatives for increased citizen participation and accountability will be presented.
Gorreti Zavuga Amuriat, ICT Program Manager, Women of Uganda Network;
Mathias Mulumba Mayombwe, National Coordinator Uganda, Action for Transparency Uganda Media Development Foundation

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