12 June 2014 Published in Latest Events

Workshop: Governance, Accountability and Citizen Empowerment

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The Mwananchi Programme is participating in this upcoming event organized by the The University of Limerick, the Centre for Peace and Development Studies, Christian Aid and Troicare. Fletcher Tembo will be speaking in session to on ‘Thinking and Working Differently’, discussing whether current funding and monitoring and evaluation methods are fit for  purpose for working with power and politics.


Workshop: Governance Accountability and Citizen Empowerment

Effective governance is increasingly recognised as critical to international development. Efforts to strengthen accountability from the state towards its citizens have become central to improving public services and realising the vision of the Millennium Development Goals.

More and more development programmes focus on empowering citizens to demand better services and engage with how decisions are made, both locally and nationally. Arguably the most important lesson to emerge in this work is that power and politics matter. Formal institutions matter but also critical are the politics that lie behind the institutions. Central to this is the ability of civil society and donors to think and act politically.

This learning workshop aimed to provide an in-depth forum for dialogue to better understand how change actually happens and how we can think and work politically in practice in governance programming. It explored lessons, successes, challenges and failures in governance programmes. Academia, local partner organisations, international non-governmental organisations and donors will discuss the following themes:

  • Thinking and working politically- how to make it work in practice
  • Delivering change at local and national levels: lessons from civil society in securing the right to access basic services
  • Thinking and working differently? Assessing what current funding and monitoring and evaluation methods mean for working with power and politics
On June 11, 2014 through June 12, 2014.
European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin

Download the whole program here.


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