Democratic Governance and Gender Regional Community Practice Meeting in İstanbul

01 Oct 2012

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Democratic Governance and Gender Regional Community of Practice meetings were held in İstanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development between 19-21 September, in which practitioners at the national, regional and headquarters level were brought together.

New Horizons - Given the changes taking place in the region, in the global agenda of UNDP and the wish to give operational answers to the different corporate challenges, the Democratic Governance (DG) practice at the Regional Centre of UNDP in Bratislava (BRC) has taken the initiative to organize a Community of Practice (CoP) meeting in Istanbul.

The meeting was held to bring together the expertise and knowledge of experts in the region in the areas of Democratic Governance and Gender.

The meeting was organized together with the Gender-practice and it was supported by other practices at BRC.

Regional Democratic Governance Analysis

The main aims of the meeting were to  produce  an  updated  regional  democratic  governance  analysis  for  the Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS) and to further  strengthen  the CoP  as  a  professional  community  and  advance  its  role  in democratic  governance,  paying  special  attention  to a  gender  responsive  approach.

The DG-Gender CoP gathered selected external speakers and UNDP experts guiding the discussion on emerging global trends (e.g. Rio+20) and corporate strategies connecting them to the Country Office realities.

The CoP also offered a unique opportunity to Country Offices to engage in the prospective scenario building as a tool to analyze the institutional context, to identify actors, factors, partners and chances for programming.

The meeting lasted for three days

The  workshop  topics moved  from  global  priorities,  to  regional context analysis and country programming through three main segments, of roughly a day each over  the  course  of  three  days.

The first day of the meeting was planned as setting the stage in light of the introductory discussions about democracy, governance of the private sector and democratic transition.

The second day was marked as scenario-building with the analysis of the (sub-) regional context and capitalizing on the previous days analysis.

On the last day, the discussions were revolved around operationalizing this knowledge in terms of current and prospective Country Office governance portfolios, services and products.

The meeting discussions will be captured in the final report to be finalized by mid-October that will serve as a baseline for the ECIS DG work.