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Innovations in Governance Series

innovations in gov logoThis practitioner seminar series explores how new technology, approaches and global initiatives shape the landscape of good governance, with significant implications for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Innovations in Governance: From Integration to Politics
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
New approaches to open government, freedom of information, and social accountability are revitalizing the field of government transparency. But do these approaches satisfy citizens, or sow seeds of discontent? Do they create measureable impact? Have they had unintentional consequence of “closing space” for civil society?
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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Improved Governance
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The international development community has shifted emphasis from service delivery and capacity-substitution to more nuanced approaches that strengthen local systems and navigate local incentive structures.  Which governance approaches are producing tangible results? What are the methodologies, challenges and opportunities enabling the integration of governance into sectoral programs?
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Thinking and Working Politically on the Road to Self-Reliance: Does USAID have a New Map?
Monday, February 25, 2019
“Commitment and Capacity” - these are the two legs of USAID’s new framework for partner countries’ Journeys to Self-Reliance.  Is this old wine in a new bottle, or might this new approach focus attention on the capacity of systems of governance, and on the capacity of people in government? This next event in the Innovations in Governance series explores the components of self-reliance and the connections to underlying theories of accountable governance. Drawing on case studies from South Sudan, Tanzania and Nigeria, speakers will analyze the tension inherent in promoting self-reliance in societies characterized by rampant corruption, broken social contracts, elite capture and various forms of inequality.
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