Making Democratic Government Work: Connecting Principle and Practice

Date: 

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (All day) to Thursday, April 14, 2005 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School

This is a report on the first biannual Global Network Conference of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Held at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government on April 12-14, the conference, titled "Making Democratic Government Work: Connecting Principle and Practice," brought together 180 leaders, scholars, and practitioners to discuss, debate, and share examples regarding the best ways to harness government innovation and promote and sustain democratic governance. The format of the conference endeavored to take full advantage of the wisdom and expertise of the attendees, many of whom were leading thinkers and senior members of governments, NGOs, corporations, and academia. Thus, the traditional conference format was replaced with "interactive sessions" that centered on specific exemplar "cases" which were discussed and debated through round-table and facilitated plenary discussions. The format produced rich insight in each of the four thematic sessions below:

1. Innovations in Structure, Law, Policy for Democratic Governance in Divided Societies

2. Innovations in Citizen Involvement

3. Innovations in Service Delivery Aimed at Reaching the Poor and Excluded

4. The Innovations Process

Event Report