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The Role of Media in Strengthening Governance

Washington, DC, January 28, 2009

CommGAP co-sponsored a roundtable discussion entitled "The Role of Media in Strengthening Governance: Examples from the BBC World Service Trust"; with the World Bank’s Demand for Good Governance and Peer Learning Network (DFGG), in Washington, DC, on January 28, 2009.

This roundtable discussion was the second in the series on “Securing Good Governance through Citizen Participation”, which is intended to promote discussion about lessons of experience with effective citizen engagement in promoting better governance and greater accountability around the world and help bring these lessons to bear on the work of the DFGG community of practice and the World Bank’s governance agenda more broadly.

This Roundtable was about the role media plays in strengthening the relationship between citizens and their governments through fostering transparency, accountability and participation. Dr. Gerry Power presented the BBC World Service Trust's work in Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Nigeria using the media to open up opportunities for citizens to effectively influence policy and voice demand for accountability from politicians. The Trust makes extensive use of communication research to develop these programs for specific contexts and to evaluate their impact.

Discussant: Verena Fritz, Governance Specialist, The World Bank.

Moderator: Sahr Kpundeh, Senior Public Sector Specialist, Africa Region, The World Bank Institute.

To view Dr. Power's presentation, please click here (2.87MB).

Blog post discussing the event.

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