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Africa Forum on Civil Society and Governance Assessments - Dakar Conference Note
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This paper is meant as information on the “African Forum on Civil Society and Governance Assessment” that took place from the 10th to the 12th November 2011 in Dakar, Senegal.
The Africa Forum on Civil Society and Governance Assessments, organised by UNDP, reflected on African experiences with governance assessment, with a specific focus on civil society’s involvement in such initiatives. It brought together development practitioners, civil society and research institutes from Sub-Saharan Africa to share knowledge and experiences to enhance future contributions by civil society to various governance assessment initiatives.
During the three-day forum it was attempted to demonstrate, with specific tools and country experiences, how a more effective involvement by civil society actors in governance assessments, both as ‘producers’ and ‘users’ of governance data, can promote democratic governance, through increased accountability and more inclusive participation. Against this backdrop, three broad themes were discussed:
African governance assessments in which civil society is involved in partnership with government
The involvement of civil society in Africa in assessing the civil society sector
Assessments initiated by civil society independently from government, with a particular focus on initiatives which make use of information and communication technologies