Round Table | Sustainable Development Goals: Keeping Citizens at the Center

January 28, 2016

Sustainable Development Goals: 
Keeping Citizens at the Center

How Citizens Can Help Drive the Accountable Implementation of the SDGs

Thursday January 28, 2016 | 3:30-4:30PM | MC-13-121

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The World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) convenes 47 governments and more than 260 civil society and private sector partners to solve governance challenges around the world.  Today, the GPSA seeks to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by helping citizens and governments to address what Amina Mohamed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the SDGs, has called “the one knot we haven’t tied”: Accountability.

As noted in a recent evaluation, the World Bank, through the GPSA, is well placed to support citizen-driven accountability in the context of the SDGs.  By leveraging its unique convening power, the legitimacy it can lend to citizen-generated data, and its ability to coordinate citizen engagement with Bank projects, the GPSA can accelerate progress and  help ensure that “people remain at the center” of SDG implementation.

Already, the GPSA supports promising examples of citizen-driven accountability in all of its projects around the world.  But, as President Kim has exhorted GPSA partners, the challenge today is to “spread and scale” these social accountability approaches beyond projects and into the mainstream of governance, specifically in the context of the SDGs.  

Participants will be encouraged to focus on the question “How can citizens help drive the accountable implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals?”  Participants are welcome to draw on examples from their own contexts.  Outcomes of the discussion will help shape GPSA’s scale-up strategy and its contribution to the SDGs.  

Opening Remarks

Mahmoud Mohieldin
Senior Vice President
2030 Development Agenda and United Nations Relations and Partnerships
World Bank Group

Jan Walliser
Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions

Magdalena Lizardo
Director, Economic and Social Analysis Unit, Ministry of Economy
Dominican Republic

Md. Abdul Malek
Joint Secretary, Local Government Division

Davie Wirima
Ministry of Finance

Åsa Wallendahl
Senior Adviser, Development Policy, The Rule of Law and Human Rights
Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Lindsay Coates

Said Issa
Board Chairman, ANSA-Arab World and Manager
Lebanese Transparency Association

David Beer
Adviser to the Executive Director, United Kingdom
World Bank Group

Jonas Rolett
Special Advisor to the Chairman, George Soros
Open Society Foundations