Human Capital and Social Accountability

Chair: Debbie Wetzel, Senior Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank
Annette Dixon, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank
Anne Kabagambe, Alternate Executive Director, Africa Group1, World Bank
Juan Pablo Guerrero, Network Director, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency

George Osei-Bimpeh, Country Director, SEND-Ghana

 

Why should countries invest in human capital? What are the barriers that prevent them from doing so in an effective way? The first panel of the GPSA Global Partners Forum focuses on Human Capital and Social Accountability, a central theme of the event. The session will begin with an -introduction to the Human Capital Project, a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth, presented by the Vice President of the World Bank Annette Dixon, followed by a response from -development practitioners representing different stakeholders. This session will -challenge -participants to explore ways to change the incentives for governments to invest more and better in people.

 

Public Finance and Accountability

Moderator: Asmeen Khan, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, World Bank
Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership
Tanka Mani Sharma, Auditor General of Nepal
Adenike Sherifat Oyeyila, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

 

One of the most glaring results from the Open Budget Survey 2017 is the very low scores for civic participation in Public Financial Management systems around the world. The average score for the 115 countries covered is only 12 out of 100, with no countries scoring over 60 out of 100. This lack of participation opportunities is a -fundamental problem for the open government/open budget movement, as it -undercuts a primary channel for transparency to be leveraged for accountability, i.e. informed citizen action. This gap may likely threaten progress towards greater transparency as civic activists realize that they are unable to utilize newly available information to influence policy.  The creation and testing of effective formal and informal spaces for participation in budget processes is therefore a vital next step for governments and civic associations advocating for open government. This panel session will present the views and experiences of different actors in the field of Public Finance, addressing the challenge of bridging this citizen participation gap.