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Session 1: Connecting Civil Society and Formal Institutions for Inclusive Decision-Making


Connecting Civil Society and Formal Institutions for Inclusive Decision-Making


Good, inclusive governance is the golden thread that keeps all development assistance together. Without investment in better governance the sustainability of virtually all ODA efforts is jeopardized. Inclusive governance relies on constructive relationships between civil society actors and institutions of governance allowing for tangible inputs in decision-making that reflect diverse interests and needs, including those of marginalized groups. With increasing democratic backsliding on a global scale and growing polarization of the political spaces in democracies themselves, this relationship is challenged, yet fundamental to sustain and improve. Join us as we share lived experiences and discuss evolving approaches to facilitating constructive relationships between civil society and decision-makers.

Chatham House Rules will apply to the panel discussion 


Ivo Balinov, Regional Director, Asia and Europe, Parliamentary Centre

Presenters / Panellists

Hon. Dr. Agnes Naa Momo Lartey, MP, Krowor Constituency, Parliament of Ghana (by video)


Siti Nurjanah, Executive Director, Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia


Adrienne Jack, Senior Director at Cowater International. Expert on Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) and Inclusive Growth 


Paul Rowland, Chief Operating Officer, Environment Next