Building Trust and Better Infrastructure: Best Methods to Engage Citizens and Have Lasting Impact

12:00 - 13:20
Room 214, Shaw Centre

Every year trillions of dollars of public funds are invested in infrastructure projects worldwide, but yet citizens are often excluded from infrastructure planning, preparation and delivery. From local community events ‘Barazas’ in Uganda, to Citizenship Transparency Commissions in Honduras, to radio outreach in Malawi, to community monitoring in Afghanistan, CoST, Hivos and other experiences demonstrate that when citizens are more fully involved, better and safer infrastructure is delivered on-time and to-budget and a greater environment of trust is enabled. In a series of lightning talks presented by government, civil society and citizen representatives we will focus on what has been applied and worked in vastly different contexts worldwide to bridge the gap between citizens and decision-makers. Speakers will share highlights from their civic engagement activities, challenges they faced, how they used innovation to overcome them and the wider implications of these activities. The session will be discursive; attendees will be invited to share their experiences and given key takeaways which can be applied across different settings and a range of sectors.

Theme: Participation

Livestream: Yes

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: CoST - The Infrastructure Transparency Initiative, Humanist Institute for Collaborations with Developing Countries (Hivos)

Languages available: English, French, Spanish

Event type: Lightning Talks

Speakers

Alfredo José Cantero Callejas: President, Honduras Transparency Commission and CoST Board Member, Government of Honduras, Honduras, Olive Kabatwairwe: CoST Uganda Country Manager and CoST Africa Regional Manager, CoST, Uganda, Ana Carolina Alpírez: Ojoconmipisto, Guatemala, Donald Kamthunzi: YONECO, Malawi, Sayed Ikram Afzali: Integrity Watch Afghanistan, Afghanistan

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