From government to governance?

Date: 9 October 2008
Time: 12:00 - 2:15pm
Venue: NCVO, London

Véronique has added details to our driver on public participation in decision making about a forthcoming event on this issue. The lunchtime seminar is the second in a series organised by NCVO and the ESRC NGPA programme to stimulate discussion and debate, drawing together knowledge and promote learning on civil society.

This seminar is looking at shifts in governance and how voluntary and community organisations and other civil society organisations in the UK as well as overseas are experiencing the shift from government to governance.

The speakers are:

  • Taylor and Jo Howard (University of the West of England) who will explore the ways in which third sector organisations experience and ‘navigate the tensions’ of working in new governance spaces in Bulgaria, Nicaragua and the UK.
  • Heather Blakey (University of Bradford) who will review a range of municipal innovations in public participation and policy-making in Latin America and the UK.
  • Karin Gavelin (Involve) who will draw out implications for policy and practice.
    For more information and to book a place
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Third Sector Foresight

The summary report of the seminar on changing governance, jointly organised by NCVO and the ESRC NGPA research programme, is now available.

These are some of the key findings in the report:

  • New forms of governance and partnership working across the globe have brought new opportunities for civil society organisations. However these opportunities have also brought new challenges in relation to autonomy, legitimacy and resources.
  • Both the opportunities and challenges vary from country to country according to: the welfare mix, the nature of democratic processes and the political culture.
  • Participatory spaces are increasingly professionalised and this may move civil society representatives further away from their communities
  • Participation is complex: the more we understand it the better chance we have of successful participation. However, we must not assume that participatory procedures are enough to ‘deliver’ results.
  • Participatory processes that have been successful in a specific context cannot just be replicated elsewhere.
  • Engagement requires resources: investments are needed to match the UK government’s ambitions.

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