Good Governance, Citizen Participation & Social Accountability Workshop

Program Date

22 Jul 26 Jul 2024

Program Location

Sofia, Bulgaria

Program Venue

Ramada By Wyndham Sofia

Registration & Payment Deadline

31 May 2024

Program Overview

The Platform between governments and citizens is TRUST.  Good governments always work for earning the trust of their nations. A high level of trust between the government and citizens is essential for good governance and citizen participation. In order to build trust, governments need to communicate with citizens in a transparent and participatory fashion about their past and future decisions and actions. Citizen involvement and participation should be considered one of the key factors in making effective decisions. Governments, therefore, should not only suffice by just informing the citizens. The ideas and opinions they put forward in policy-making and implementation processes, provide valuable input for improving the quality of local policies and services.

This intensive short-term training program will discuss the accountability chain, the participation ladder, and the dos and don’ts of citizen participation. Furthermore, it will emphasize case studies from different parts of the world, discussing best practices and successful examples of well-implemented social accountability initiatives across the globe.

Target Audience

Good Governance, Citizen Participation & Social Accountability Workshop Bulgaria is the best suit for:

  • Municipal, Provincial, and National Government Officials
  • Policy Makers
  • Economic Development and Planning Staff
  • Municipality and Community Development Project Directors, Managers, and Staff
  • Donor Development Agency Staff
  • Community and Neighborhood Leaders
  • Anyone interested in Citizen Participation and Social Accountability.

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this intensive training course, the participants will be able to:

  • Develop effective tools and techniques for communication with citizens, NGOs and other stakeholders
  • Identify and develop instruments for increasing social and financial accountability
  • Define their own roles and responsibilities in participation processes as well as the role of partners
  • Specify conditions and dos and don’ts for successful participation projects.

Program Contents

First Day

  • Foundations and Principles of Good Governance
  • Good Governance Indicators
  • Defining the key agents and their roles for good governance
  • Citizen Participation – Why is it important?
  • Roles of Citizen Groups in Promoting Good Governance
  • Ethical Leadership in Governance
  • Two Dimensions of Ethics

Second Day

  • Defining Civic Engagement
  • Constructive Civic Engagement and its strategies
  • Enabling Environment for Constructive Civic Engagement
  • Introduction to Decentralization; Discussing the 4 types
  • Conditions for effective Decentralization of Governance
  • Best Practices of Decentralization across the globe; Contemporary Challenges

Third Day

  • Defining Social Accountability
  • Rationale and 4 pillars of Social Accountability
  • Mechanisms and Applications of Social Accountability
  • Discussing Critical Success Factors for Social Accountability
  • Introduction to Public Financial Management Cycle
  • Citizen Participation in Planning
  • What are the benefits of engaging citizens in planning?

Fourth Day

  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Benefits and Preconditions of Participatory Budgeting; Discussing the Challenges
  • Participatory Expenditure; Expenditure tracking
  • Public Expenditure Tracking Survey
  • Public Procurement & Procurement Monitoring
  • Participatory Performance Monitoring
  • Constructive Civic Engagement for Social Accountability
  • Building the capacity of citizen groups and local government
  • Media and Good Governance

Fifth Day – Practical Session – Knowledge Reinforcement

The last day of the program will entirely be dedicated to the practical session. Training participants will have the chance to apply theoretical knowledge gained to real-life simulations and deepen their understanding of selected topics through group work and functional exercises.

The practical session will involve guest speakers from local governmental and non-governmental organizations who will share their experience and views regarding citizen participation, inclusion, and social accountability and discuss good governance best practices with program delegates.

Program Methodology

Good Governance, Citizen Participation & Social Accountability Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria with a highly practical focus. The presenter will apply modern adult learning techniques in order to maximize the effectiveness of the session delivery and achieve successful results. The methods deployed will include open presentations, group discussions, individual assignments, practical exercises, and case studies.

Moreover, the sessions will be enriched with multiple video demonstrations and involve panel discussions with guest speakers/field experts to maximize delegate engagement and endorse a practical approach.

At the end of each session, the trainer will request feedback and consider comments received for the coming days in order to improve results and ensure a clear and comprehensive understanding of the material covered for delegates.

Program Fee

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Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (Complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report