March 19, 2015 by Veronica Crețu
WHY CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT?!
Recent events have shown that the relationship between government and citizens is in need of repair. In just the last few years, we have witnessed calls from all over the world, from the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to the Open Government Partnership, for governments to become more open, accountable and responsive by deepening their engagement with citizens. As a result, interest in citizen engagement programs for effective development has gained momentum.
Citizen engagement is what open government is all about. It underpins many of the processes described in this online guide – with active citizenship often being a vital link between transparency and accountability. The Open Government Partnership recognizes this in its eligibility criteria, stating that: ‘Open Government requires openness to citizen participation and engagement in policy-making and governance, including basic protections for civil liberties’ (Open Government Partnership). In an increasingly complex world, citizens’ input is a critical resource for policy-making. Good decision-making requires the knowledge, experiences, views and values of the public. Implementing difficult decisions depends on citizens’ consent and support. Unless citizens understand and are engaged in the decision themselves, trust is easily lost (OECD, 2009).
In line with the above, Open Government Institute, E-Government Center Moldova and e-Governance Academy Estonia are organizing a “Citizen engagement in decision making processes” Workshop on April 7-8, 2015 at Regency Hotel, Chisinau.
The press-release for the upcoming events in April can be accessed from here: Moldova_OpenGov_April_pressrelease
The workshop will bring together public officials of Ministries and representatives of CSOs, partners of the Moldovan Central Public Authorities for developing capability to engage and be engaged in open decision-making process.
The objective of the workshop are:
- To introduce the concept of open decision making;
- To present the concept of the Guidebook on Citizen engagement in decision making and get feedback and recommendations from both public servants and representatives of CSOs;
- To get practical knowledge how to manage different stages of complex decision making processes (based on Estonian experiences and practices)
The workshop is based on real situations which may occur in decision-making processes, using interactive methods and formats.
The workshop will be conducted by both Estonian and Moldovan experts:
Estonian team members:
- Liia Hänni, e-Governance Academy
- Kristina Reinsalu, e-Governance Academy
- Hille Hinsberg, Praxis
Moldovan team members:
- Veronica Cretu, President, Open Government Institute
- Onorica Banciu, Expert, Open Government Institute
- Nicolae Cretu, Program Director, Open Government Institute
- Constantin Rusu, Expert, Open Government Institute
DAY 1 – April 7 (10:00- 16:00)
|9:30 – 10:00||Registration of participants|
|10:00 – 10:30||Introductory Session||
|10:30- 11:00||Session 1- Guidebook||Presentation of the draft 0 of the Guidebook and its objectives|
|11:00 – 11:15||Coffee break|
|11:15 – 13:00||Session 2 – Engagement Process||Practical exercises: modelling of engagement process based on real cases and the topics of modelling process are:
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch break|
|14:00 – 15:00||Session 3||Engagement tools and practices
|15:00 – 15:30||Session 4||
|15:30 – 16:00||Wrapping-up session||
DAY 2- April 8 (9:00-14:15)
|8:30 – 9:00||Registration of participants|
|9:00 – 9:30||Introduction||
|9:30- 11:00||Session 1 – Engagement Process||Practical exercises: modelling of engagement process based on real cases and the topics of modelling process are:
|11:00 – 11:15||Coffee break|
|11:15 – 12:00||Session 2||Different methods of engagement Engagement tools and practices
|12:00 – 12:45||Lunch break|
|12:45 – 13:15||Session 3- Guidebook||Presentation of the draft 0 of the Guidebook and its objectives|
|13:15– 13:45||Session 4||
|13:45 – 14:15||Wrapping-up session||
Make sure to register by March 31st via the registration form at http://www.ega.ee/MoldovaOpenGov/seminar