Government works best when citizens are directly engaged in policymaking and public service delivery. What conditions are necessary for inclusive and effective citizen engagement? Can it positively improve people’s lives? This course provides an overview of citizen engagement, critically analyzing how it can be leveraged most effectively to achieve development results.
Following a successful offering to over 16,000 participants around the world earlier in 2015, this latest version of the course in February would include a new, exciting fifth module that looks at Citizen Engagement in practice. The 5-week course, hosted by the world’s leading MOOC platform Coursera, has been developed in partnership with the London School of Economics (LSE), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Participedia, and CIVICUS.
The course is taught by a number of leading experts in this field, including Beth Noveck, John Gaventa, Rakesh Rajani, Danny Sriskandarajah, and Jonathan Fox.
This version of the popular course features practitioners implementing different Citizen Engagement approaches in various sectors including water, health, and education in Ghana and Kenya. They discuss how Citizen Engagement tools and mechanisms are adapted for their specific country context and sector while examining practical challenges and lessons learned. We also look at Korea’s innovative approach to involving citizens in the audit of public services.
Register here: bit.ly/citizensengage.