The world is rapidly changing with increasing pressures on resources, more complex service delivery needs, demands for transparency and inclusion, and increased global fragility and migration flows. The ability of governments to respond to these challenges is stretched while citizen expectations continue to rise, resulting in an increasing deficit in trust.
During June 11-12, 2019, the World Bank joined forces with development partners, including the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFiD), the European Commission, SIGMA – Support for Improvement in Governance and Management – a joint initiative of the OECD and the European Union, UN Women, and the Asian Development Bank, in organizing the 1st Regional Governance Conference for Europe and Central Asia countries.
The Governance Conference brought together over 500 delegates from local governments, international development partners, academics, private sector, and civil society groups taking stock of reforms to improve governance in Europe and Central Asia, and discussing the ways to inspire next generation changes in improving governance practices in the region.
The conference showcased twenty-five case-study presentations featuring best practices from around the region, exploring the central aspects surrounding accountable, effective and inclusive institutions, including topics such as the role of the private sector in moving reforms forward, generating political will, and building alliances with civil society for more inclusive institutions that deliver better public services for all people. The following messages were highlighted:
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