Blending civil society, technoloy and governence
A Pan-African forum on the role of civil society groups and technology in governance is underway in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The forum is bringing together development practitioners and research institutes from over 30 countries, who are focusing on the civil society’s involvement in governance assessments, and exploring how to better influence governance and policy processes.
According to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is sponsoring the meeting, it’s aimed at paving the way for more rigorous and influential, governance and civil society assessments in Africa.
Discussions are being centered on the need for timely, relevant, accessible governance data, which is said to be important for democratic governance evaluations by and for Africans.
Participants have spoken of the need for civil society to engage government in constructive dialogue.
Speaking at the start of the forum, the Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue, Dr. Siphamandla Zondi said citizens can think, judge and see what is going on and NGOs are “useful in translating their voice to government,” a press release said.Tweet