[open-development] Join Us: "Closing Feedback Loops" | April 9th

Felipe Estefan felipe.estefan.g at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 15:55:47 UTC 2014

Dear all -

I'm writing to invite you to join us in person, or via live stream, for a
discussion titled: "Closing Feedback Loops: From Engaged Citizens to More
Responsive Governments". We are hoping to have a conversation about how to
ensure that citizen participation leads to sustainable positive impact
around the world.

The discussion will be taking place this Wednesday, April 9th from
2:00-3:30 pm EST (6:00-7:30 p.m. GMT). If you'd like to attend in person at
the World Bank headquarters in Washington, send me an email today. If you'd
like to watch and submit your questions online, the stream as well as live
chats in English, French, Spanish and Arabic will be available on this

Hope you are able to join us,


*Wednesday, April 9, 20142:00 - 3:30pmPreston Auditorium*
World Bank Main Complex
1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

* Light refreshments will be served. *

*Watch the Webcast*<http://live.worldbank.org/from-engaged-citizens-to-more-responsive-governments>

This event is being live streamed in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.


Join the conversation
on Twitter at:

External participants should email
Douglas Jimenez at *djimenez at worldbank.org* <djimenez at worldbank.org>,
by April 7 with name and organization in order to obtain a visitor's pass

The World Bank Institute, the Open Development Technology Alliance,
the Open Government Partnership, CIVICUS, Making All Voices Count, and the

invite you to

*Closing Feedback Loops: From Engaged Citizens to More Responsive

This event is the second in a series on
"How Can Technology Accelerate Citizen Engagement?"

It is part of the program of seminars for the 2014 Spring Meetings
of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.


* Moderator*
*Stella Dawson*
Chief Correspondent,
Governance and Anti-Corruption, Thomson Reuters Foundation

*Panelists *
*Sanjay Pradhan*
Vice President for Change, Leadership and Innovation,
World Bank

*Anabel Cruz*
Founder and Director,
Communication and Development Institute

*Ellen Miller*
Co-Founder and Executive Director,
Sunlight Foundation

* Chris Underwood*
Global Action, Making All Voices Count

*Edwin Lacierda*
Presidential Spokesperson,
Government of the Philippines

Efforts to foster citizen engagement on government decision-making
processes have advanced significantly in recent years. Still, more can be
done to ensure that participation leads to sustainable development impact.
The conversation needs to move beyond the importance of engaging citizens
and the need for greater government responsiveness, to what are the
approaches and methodologies that lead to a more inclusive and
collaborative relationship between citizens and their governments.

Join us to explore how civil society, governments, traditional development
actors, and the private sector can work together more efficiently to ensure
citizen feedback is not just heard, but becomes incorporated by governments
for improved service delivery. How do we work around and overcome the
structural incompatibilities between these stakeholders? What is still
missing to ensure that we can better identify needs, prototype innovative
solutions, and replicate what works in citizen engagement and improved
service delivery, and how do we scale up successful methodologies

This is the second and central event of a Series on "How Can Technology
Accelerate Citizen Engagement?" The series complements the World Bank
Directions in Development publication entitled "Closing the Feedback Loop:
How Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?" The publication brings
together an evidence base around the issue of how we can better engage
citizens, close the feedback loop, and improve government responsiveness.

Copies of the conference edition of the publication will be available at
the event. In the meantime, here are two stand alone cases from the

- *Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology Amplify Citizen
mb PDF]
- *The Loch Ness Model: Can ICTs Bridget the "Accountability
kb PDF]

Watch for the launch of the full edition in June 2014.
*Stella Dawson*
Stella Dawson works as Chief Correspondent on Governance and
Anti-Corruption at Thomson Reuters Foundation. She joined the Thomson
Reuters Foundation in July 2012 to build coverage of corruption and
governance , and to integrate it into the reporting on humanitarian issues.
For 25 years, Stella has reported on international economic policy and
finance at Reuters from the United States and Europe, frequently appearing
on radio and television. She won awards for her coverage of the European
Central Bank in its early years under President Jean Claude Trichet and led
Reuters global coverage of financial crisis as Economics and Markets Editor
between 2007 and 2010.

*Sanjay Pradhan*
Mr. Sanjay Pradhan is the Vice President for Change, Leadership and
Innovation  of the World Bank Group. He is also a member of the President's
Senior Management Team. Previously, Mr. Pradhan was the Vice President
leading the World Bank Institute where he championed the open development
agenda centered around knowledge & learning, collaboration and innovation.
Mr. Pradhan is a recognized authority on governance and anticorruption
issues. He served as the World Bank's Director for Governance, where he led
the development of the Bank's Governance and Anticorruption Strategy, and
provided strategic directions on improving governance and combating
corruption. Mr. Pradhan holds a PhD and a Bachelor's degree from Harvard

*Anabel Cruz*
Anabel Cruz is the Founder Director of the Communication and Development
Institute (ICD), a Uruguay-based organization that focuses on CSO capacity
building, promoting NGO accountability, and enhancing the role of civil
society in public policy-making. ICD has almost 25 years of experience in
research, promotion, and dissemination of information on topics related to
international cooperation, civil society, and citizen participation. She
has published several books on civil society and development and her
articles have appeared in journals in Latin America, the United States, and
Europe. She was until recently the Chair of the Board of CIVICUS: World
Alliance for Citizen Participation and currently chairs the Partnership for
Transparency Fund (PTF). Anabel sits on the board of Civicus and is also
involved with HAP humanitarian accountability partnership.

*Ellen Miller*
Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight
Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using
the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and
transparency. She is the founder of two other prominent Washington-based
organizations in the field of money and politics--the Center for Responsive
Politics and Public Campaign--and a nationally recognized expert on
transparency and the influence of money in politics. Her experience as a
Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of non-profit
advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism. Ellen serves on the Board of
Directors of the Sunlight Foundation, Publish What You Fund, and the Center
for Responsive Politics and Heaven Hill Distilleries.   She is a Trustee of
the Awesome Foundation, Washington, D.C. and is amember of the Policy
Advisory Council of Transparency International, U.S.

*Chris Underwood*
Chris Underwood is Director of Global Action for Making All Voices Count.
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, he holds responsibility for Policy,
Learning and Communications of the global initiative that supports
innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help
harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government
responsiveness.    The aim of Making All Voices Count is a substantial push
towards effective democratic governance and accountability. Prior to
joining the programme he was Senior Policy Advisor for the international
peacebuilding NGO International Alert, leading their work on shaping the
post 2015 global development agenda to replace the Millennium Development
Goals. He also led Alert's work on the New Deal for Engagement with
FragileStates agreed between donors and the G7+ group of countries, and
recently completed academic research on the political dynamics of
post-conflict states to be published in 2014.

*Edwin Lacierda*
Secretary Edwin Lacierda is the Presidential Spokesperson of Philippine
President Benigno S. Aquino III, and an incumbent member of the Philippine
Cabinet.  Prior to this, he was the spokesperson for the presidential
campaign of then Senator Aquino, from November 2009 up to the elections in
May 2010. Before joining the campaign, Mr. Lacierda was a law practitioner
and a co-convener for the Black and White Movement, an organization of
civil society groups calling for transparency and accountability in
government. He served as the legal counsel of whistleblower of Rodolfo
"Jun" Lozada during the Senate investigation on the NBN-ZTE controversy.
Mr. Lacierda was also part of the Optical Media Board from 2004-2007,
representing the academe.

If you have questions concerning this event, please contact Douglas Jimenez
at *djimenez at worldbank.org* <djimenez at worldbank.org>.
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