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Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) Executive Director Ms. Czarina Medina-Guce was invited as new member of the Local Governance Initiative and Network (LOGIN)-Asia, and participated in the June 29-July 1, 2016 workshop on Civic Engagement, Accountability and Open Governance in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop was organized by the Local Governance Initiative and Network (LOGIN) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
The workshop aimed to bring together members of LOGIN, an initiative that brings together actors from different stakeholders in the field of decentralization and local governance from different countries for knowledge sharing and network building. The content of the workshop focused on the following themes:
Promoting citizen-led accountability in local governance and service delivery: concepts, examples, good practices and lessons learned from past experience.
Understanding the motivations, opportunities, and challenges of civic engagement, particularly with a focus on issues of representation and collective action.
Understanding the concepts surrounding transparency, open government, open data and a more inclusive approach to governance in the context of the increasing relevance of ICTs to such processes.
The program flow utilized combined facilitated inputs and seminars by resource persons in the mornings, with structured sharing and analysis of participants’ experiences in the afternoon. IDS experts facilitated the learning throughout the workshop duration by sharing conceptual frameworks, presenting case studies and practices from other countries. More so, IDS experts collaborated with LOGIN and selected workshop participants in learning, research and documenting their experiences for wider sharing to LOGIN members.
LOGIN-Asia and ULAP are seeking to the expand the network to the Philippines, which presents an opportunity for learning and policy development for local governance in time for the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code, and the moves towards shifting to federalism.