In every part of the world, governance challenges impede governments from delivering quality services, combating poverty, and recognizing the rights of their people - all of which hinder the ability of societies to reach their full potential. Governance challenges are even more complex in fragile or conflict-prone environments, areas where most of the world’s poor now reside and where governance is by definition most broken. At the same time, there is broad momentum in the international development community to address these issues more effectively and meaningfully, and this is being propelled by high-level commitments such as Sustainable Development Goal 16.
In this promising context, the World Bank's 2017 World Development Report (WDR 2017) will focus on the topic of Governance and the Law. It will examine the role of power dynamics and the complex challenges to building government capacity, and explore the link/effects of governance reforms on development and prosperity. Specifically, the Report focuses on three development outcomes: the material standard of living (growth); the opportunity to participate economically and socially (equity); and the absence of violent conflict (security).
On March 10, the OpenGov Hub will convene an intimate discussion with diverse civil society organizations and members of the WDR 2017 team. This discussion will allow governance/civic participation-focused civil society organizations to learn about the underlying framework behind WDR 2017, provide input and collectively reflect on the report under development. It will emphasize the specific chapter about citizen engagement and mobilization, which aims to explore the various mechanisms and channels available to ordinary citizens to mobilize and promote change toward more inclusive and accountable institutions and better development outcomes. We will also discuss the overlap of this topic with the open government/governance movement.