4th Conference on Governance and Public Policy in South Asia
Conference Theme: Deepening Democracy: Enhancing Voices and Choices of Citizens
11-12 June 2020
Venue: Nepal Administrative Staff College, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
Background & Rationale
The conference themed “Deepening Democracy: Enhancing Voices and Choices of Citizens” is the fourth in the series of Conference on Governance and Public Policy in South Asia which has been hosted by Nepal Administrative Staff College in collaboration with BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (Bangladesh), Institute of Public Enterprise (India), Institute for Social and Environmental Transition - Nepal (ISET-N), Kathmandu University School of Management (KU SOM), Management Development Institute (MDI India), Nepal Open University, Niti Foundation (Nepal), North South University (Bangladesh) and Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (Nepal). The fourth conference will be joined together by Kathmandu University, School of Management, Nepal Open University from Nepal and other like-minded institutions from South Asia. The fourth conference brings forth the cumulative learning of the previous three conferences to bear on how the governments in South Asia can act to enhance citizens’ voice and choices.
The conference will prove to be opportunity to share innovations in the South Asia region and beyond. It will allow participants share the common challenges of deepening democracy in the region, either as specifically a national character of a particular country, or within each as specific historical, political, social, cultural contexts in the sub-national contexts.
Aim and Objectives
This conference aims to bring together researchers, public policy actors and political leaders of South Asia to deliberate and share learning on the particular policy challenges, ground-level experiences, and reform opportunities for expanding citizens’ voice and choice in the South Asia region. Specifically, the conference has the following objectives:
- Deliberate on the larger political context of deepening democracy in the region – especially of the political will, bottlenecks and reform opportunities.
- Share experiences of national and sub-national level practices, innovations or challenges in enhancing government transparency, accountability, and for expanding citizen voice
- Discuss reform opportunities, cross-country learning and collaboration
Conference Theme and Sub-Theme
This fourth conference on Deepening Democracy: Enhancing Voices and Choices of Citizens will focus on the following themes. The organizers encourage papers and panels on these themes.A. Democratic Institutions B. Quality of public services C. Accountability D. Inclusive governance E. Public space for contestation and collective action F. Governance of Infrastructure G. Political economy of representation H. Deliberative democracy I. E-governance and citizen’s engagement J. Sub-national governance
|Abstract submission||15 January 2020|
|Extended deadline for the submission of abstract||15 February 2020|
|Abstract acceptance notification||5 March 2020|
|Full paper submission||15 May 2020|
|Conference date||11-12 June 2020|
Nepal Administrative Staff College, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
For further information and queries, please contact:Conference Secretariat Centre for Research and Development Nepal Administrative Staff College Phone: 00977-5522002 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Contact person: Roshani Bhujel Mobile Number: 00977-9851201046 Webpage: www.nasc.org.np/4th-conference
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