Forum Agenda

Featuring thought-provoking plenary sessions and thematic sessions with more than 200 experts from around the world, the Forum will focus on the shifting paradigm in social accountability towards a citizen-centric governance approach.  Forum participants will explore strategic social accountability practice and learning in key sectors such as health, education, municipal services, extractives and others. Topical issues for strategic social accountability practice such as political economy interventions, constructive engagement, coalition building, citizen trust, and others, will be deliberated.


*The agenda below is subject to the confirmation of the speakers. All plenary sessions will take place in the World Bank's J-building, in room JB1-080 and are live streamed on our Forum Materials page.



TUESDAY MAY 12, 2015


8:00 - 8:30
J building lobby

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 - 9.00
J building, floor B1, room 080

Welcome Remarks

Mario Marcel, Senior Director, World Bank Governance Global Practice

9:00 - 9.30
J building, floor B1, room 080
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Keynote Address 
Social Accountability for Citizen Centric Governance: A Changing Paradigm

Chris Stone , President, Open Society Foundations 

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9.30 - 11.00
J building, floor B1, room 080
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Opening Panel
Social Accountability: Paradigm Change in Practice

Cyril Muller, Vice-President, World Bank (Chair)

Magdalena Lizardo, Gov. of Dominican Republic
Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, Philips
Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS
Shaheen Anam, Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation
Rakesh Rajani, Ford Foundation

11.00 -11.30

Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.00
J building, floor B1, room 080
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Strategic Social Accountability Dimensions: An introduction

Prof. Jonathan Fox, American University

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12.00 -1.30



1.30 - 2.15
J building, floor B1, room 080
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Update on the GPSA

Roby Senderowitsch, Manager, GPSA

2:15 - 4.15
J building, floor B1, room 075

J building, 4th floor, room 044

J building, 6th floor, room 050

J building, 8th floor, room 160

J building,  7th floor, room 044

J building, floor B1, room 080

J building, 6th floor, room 160

Social Accountability Sectoral Case Study Workshops
Health: case studies from Uganda (International Planned Parenthood Federation & Reproductive Health Uganda) and Dominican Republic (World Bank)

Education: case studies from Moldova (Expert Grup) and Democratic Republic of Congo (International Rescue Committee)

Infrastructure: case studies from India (Public Affairs Center) and Nigeria (the Social Accountability and Voice Initiative)

Water: case studies from West Bank & Gaza (Integrity Action & Applied Research Institute Jerusalem) and Tajikistan (Oxfam)

Municipal Services: case studies from Israel (Jerusalem Intercultural Center) and Ireland (Community Action Network)

Extractives: case studies from Niger & Indonesia (Publish What You Pay)

Youth: case studies from Nepal (UNICEF) and Malawi (World Vision)

4:15 - 4:30

Coffee Break

4:30 - 5:30
J building, floor B1, room 080

GPSA Partner Sharing Sessions 

5:30 -7:00
MC building, Atrium
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GPSA Leadership in Social Accountability Awards Ceremony and Cocktail
Hosted by Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Learning, Leadership and Innovation, World Bank





8:30 - 9:00



9:00- 9:30
J building, floor B1, room 080

Review and Recap


9.30 - 10.30
J building, floor B1, room 080
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Discussion with President Kim
Social Accountability Working for Development: Eliminating Extreme Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity

President Jim Yong Kim, World Bank

Introduced by Corazon 'Dinky' Soliman, Secretary for Social Welfare, Philippines
Moderated by Melanie Walker, Senior Advisor to the President, World Bank

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 -12:30
MC building, 2nd floor, room MC2-800

J building, floor B1, room 075


J building, floor B1, room 080


MC building, floor C2, room C2-135

room JB1-080MC building, floor C2, room C2-131

Social Accountability Dimensions Workshops:
Accountability Systems
Facilitator: Renzo Lavin, ACIJ
Presenter: Brendan Halloran, Transparency and Accountability Initiative
Political Economy Interventions
Facilitator: Aly Lala, Concern Mozambique
Presenter: Gaia Gozzo, Head of Governance, Care International
Constructive Engagement
Facilitator: Maria Poli, GPSA
Presenter: Dondon Parafina, Executive Director, ANSA East Asia and Pacific & Dr. Joseph Chimombo, Director of Basic Education, Malawi
Coalition Building
Facilitator: Edith Jibunoh, World Bank
Presenter: Joe Powell, Deputy-Director, Open Government Partnership
Citizen Trust
Facilitator: Izabella Toth, Cordaid
Presenter: Joy Saunders, CEO, Integrity Action

12:30 - 2.00
MC building, Atrium


 Lunch with World Bank Executive Directors 

 Welcome by Hassane Cisse, Director Governance and Inclusive Institutions, World Bank (Chair) & Alister Smith, Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean

2:00 - 3:00
J building, floor B1, room 080
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Panel Discussion: Assembling the Dimensions:
Strategic Social Accountability

Hassane Cisse, Director Governance and Inclusive Institutions, World Bank (Chair)
adina Aliberdieva, Oxfam Tajikistan
Vinay Bhargava, Partnership for Transparency Fund
Lindsay Coates, InterAction

Nick van Praag, Keystone Accountability
Paul Healey, DFID

3:00 - 4:30
J building, floor B1, room 080
4:30 - 4.45

Social Accountability in Action

Coffe Break

Roby Senderowitsch, Manager, GPSA

4:45 - 5:30
J building, floor B1, room 080
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Social Accountability: Reflections 

Keith Hansen, Vice-President, World Bank