In recent years, the world has seen formidable manifestations of citizens’ engagement and demands for responsible and accountable governance. By taking to the streets to condemn corruption scandals, by rallying on social media to address growing inequalities or by participating in global consultations to develop the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ordinary citizens are increasingly eager and able to make their voices heard. At the same time, after several decades of progress, the space for citizens’ voices is shrinking globally as several governments raise legal barriers to constrain actions by civil society and their demands for accountability. Event recap and videos available online here.

Event Description

In this context, 3ie and IEG are partnering to establish an interactive dialogue anchored in evaluative evidence, engaging stakeholders in ways that inspire them to make better decisions and ask better questions on the future of citizen engagement and accountable government. This one-day conference on citizen engagement and accountable government will be held in Washington, DC on 8 April 2019. It is the start of the 3ie Washington Evidence Week, which includes a series of internal and public events. Event details online here.

High-level Agenda

Opening remarks: Alison Evans, World Bank Group and Emmanuel Jimenez, 3ie

The world today – citizen engagement and government accountability

  • Moderator: Brenda Barbour, World Bank
  • Discussants: Santiago Levy, Brookings Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative; Lily Tsai, MIT Political Science

Reality check

  • Moderator: Ruth Levine, William Flora and Hewlett Foundation and chair, 3ie board commissioner
  • Discussants: Jean Arkedis, Results for Development; Jonathan Fox, School of International Service, American University and Accountability Research Center; Warren Krafchik, International Budget Partnership; and Jeff Thindwa, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank

Mapping the future

  • Moderator: Marie Gaarder, 3ie
  • Presenters: Elena Bardasi, IEG; Francis Rathinam, 3ie
  • Breakout leads: Group 1: Beryl Leach, 3ie; Christopher Nelson, IEG; Group 2: Elena Bardasi, IEG; Gisela Garcia, IEG; Group 3: Birte Snilstveit, 3ie; Francis Rathinam, 3ie

Bridging the disconnect

  • Moderator: David de Ferranti, 3ie
  • Presenter: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, board chair, Gavi
  • Discussant: Daniel Kaufmann, Natural Resource Governance Institute

Closing remarks: Alison Evans, World Bank Group; Annette Dixon, World Bank; and Emmanuel Jimenez, 3ie