E-Forum | Engaging with Citizen Voices and Experiences: The 2017 World Development Report on Governance and the Law

October 19, 2015 to November 06, 2015
Knowledge Platform


This 3-week E-forum will be held on the GPSA Knowledge Platform and will consist of an online discussion where multiple stakeholders are expected to share their views, knowledge and experiences in the field of governance and the law, including ways in which different practitioners seek to promote governance reforms and strengthen the responsiveness of legal systems.
The World Development Report 2017 on Governance and the Law seeks to understand how governance interventions can be more effective in generating sustainable welfare improvements in the long term, and self-reinforcing dynamics of inclusion. Typically, policy discussions and technical advice consider issues such as coverage and quality of education, provision of health services, investment climate, etc. to explain development performance. However, interventions to improve these abovementioned factors can fail if the underlying determinants, which constrain sustainable progress, are not first addressed. This refers to the way in which institutions are shaped, legitimized and equipped to deliver on such goals. Our understanding of policy options to address these underlying determinants, which are crucial for countries to achieve key development outcomes like growth, equity, and security, is lacking. In this context, the Report seeks to unpack the complex interactions between state institutions, power, social norms, and development outcomes to (i) explain cross-country (and within-country) heterogeneity and (ii) investigate processes of institutional change. By understanding better these interactions and these underlying factors, governance reforms may yield better outcomes.
The WDR 2017 team will utilize e-forum participants’ contributions as follows: (a) to have a reality-check on the WDR’s framework and main concepts; and (b) to identify specific country/case experiences that can be used to illustrate content of the Report.
This e-forum is one means through which the WDR 2017 will engage with external stakeholders working on governance issues.
Over three weeks (from October 19 to November 6), this e-forum will aim to:
  1. Identify daily experiences and challenges of citizens with governance and the law;
  2. Reflect on the various factors that influence the quality of governance and the law in specific situations;
  3. Share good practices of engagement between civil society organizations and governmental agencies and ways to promote reforms in governance.
Janet Oropeza, FUNDAR (Facilitator)
Janet Oropeza is the Knowledge Management Coordinator at Fundar, a civil society organization aiming to advance substantive democracy in Mexico. Janet has conducted research on governance, citizen participation, accountability, gender and human rights. Her areas of expertise also include knowledge exchange and online facilitation. Prior to joining Fundar, Janet worked in various organizations, such as Canada’s the International Development Research Centre, the United Nations Development Program-Mexico, the Mexican Ministry of Labor, among others. Janet holds a Bachelor in Politics and Public Management from El Colegio de México and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. Some of her publications are: “Judicial Reviews: An Innovative Mechanism to Enforce Human Rights in Latin America”; Oropeza, et. al.Tackling Gender Violence in Latin America; Oropeza and Perron, “Citizen Participation in Latin America: Innovations to Strengthen Governance” inGovernance for Development towards Excellence in Global Public Service, 2014; and Oropeza, et. al.“Americas Chapter”, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 and 2015.
Stephen Commins, World Development Report (Facilitator)
Stephen Commins is Associate Director, Global Public Affairs and Lecturer in Regional and International Development, at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA.  He works with the WDR2017 team on external consultations and has written extensively on accountability and basic service delivery.  He was a co-author of World Development Report 2004, “Making Services Work for Poor People”.
Carolina Cornejo, ACIJ (Co-Facilitator)
Carolina Cornejo is Project Coordinator on Accountability and Oversight Institutions at the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ), a non-profit organization aimed at defending disadvantaged groups and strengthening democracy in Argentina. She is responsible for designing, promoting and monitoring programs for citizen engagement with accountability institutions, as well as advancing initiatives in the field of transparency, anti-corruption and open government.
Since 2010, Carolina has been managing the implementation of the TPA Initiative, a Latin American community of practice that seeks to strengthen public oversight systems through cooperation between state horizontal accountability institutions and citizens and CSOs. She has been conducting research and knowledge work, policies and mechanisms implemented by Supreme Audit Institutions that promote transparency and citizen participation.
Carolina holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires and is a M.A. candidate in Development Management and Policy (Georgetown University).
Lucia Nass, ESAP2 (Co-Facilitator)
Lucia Nass is an independent consultant specialising in empowering local governance processes. She has gained over 25 years of experience in a variety of sectors, including agriculture, water and sanitation, rural energy, rural roads and pro-poor tourism. She is committed to gender mainstreaming.
Lucia has been involved with long term capacity development programs, currently with the Ethiopia Social Accountability Program (www.esap2.org.et). She has designed, facilitated and evaluated Organisational Development and Multi-Actor Development processes. She has trained and coached managers and advisors in civil society, public and private sector organisations, and has built change facilitation capacity in national training and knowledge institutes. Lucia increasingly uses social media for networked learning and change processes. She has worked on Bhutan, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Togo, and Vietnam.
Lucia has published several manuals and articles on areas of her expertise, and has contributed to books, including a book on Capacity Development in Practice (Acqueye-Baddoo et al 2010). She blogs on http://beads-passionforfacilitation.ning.com/.
Joy Aceron, Ateneo de Manila School of Government (Co-Facilitator)
Joy Aceron is program director at the Ateneo de Manila School of Government, directing Government Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) programs, both aiming to contribute to citizen empowerment by strengthening governance accountability in the Philippines. She has more than ten years of experience in citizenship education and civil society-government engagement, enabling grassroots citizen monitoring of government programs and service delivery since 2004. A graduate of the University of the Philippines – Diliman with a bachelor degree in Political Science and a masters degree in Public Administration major in Public Policy, she occasionally lectures at the Ateneo de Manila Political Science Department and School of Government and has several published works on civil society participation and political and governance reforms in the Philippines.
In order to participate in the E-forum, you will need to be registered to the GPSA Knowledge Platform and logged in. Create your account here
A link to the discussion thread will be provided here on October 18, 2015.