Issuu on Google+

Emerging Trends in Democratic Governance Oslo Governance Forum 4 Oct 2011 Sarah Lister Oslo Governance Centre, UNDP

United Nations Development Programme Oslo Governance Centre


Trends in External Environment Growing power of ‘South and new constellations of power holders  Financial volatility  Global impact of the ‘Arab Spring’  Growing importance of regional bodies & configurations  Rapid growth in media & technology  Environmental challenges  Urbanisation  Changing patterns of inequality  Challenges of growing youth population  Challenges from migration  Transnational crime & the criminalisation of governance 

United Nations Development Programme Oslo Governance Centre


Trends and debates in DG role of the state after the ‘Washington consensus’  mixed picture on decentralisation  emergence of ‘accountability’ as an overarching narrative  critical role of taxation  understanding interaction between formal & informal institutions  importance of crisis states/fragility agenda  implications of ‘Arab spring’ for DG agenda 

United Nations Development Programme Oslo Governance Centre


Challenges to the broad DG agenda democratic form without function (hybridity)  differing notions of democracy  unclear empirical relationship between DG and other development goals  contradictions between DG processes and external support  need to demonstrate & measure results  challenges in operationalizing research findings 

United Nations Development Programme Oslo Governance Centre


Where do we (UNDP + others) go from here? understand & demonstrate the relationship between DG and broad concerns of sustainable human development, including: 

 

environmental concerns inclusive and equitable growth

bring empirical evidence & concrete proposals to the discussions around Rio +20, and post-2015 development framework 

UNDP

& other agencies need to adapt operational modalities to reflect the changing realities (configurations, issues, political understanding) United Nations Development Programme Oslo Governance Centre


Sarah%20Lister.%20UNDP%20OGC