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Wanted: South Asian Youth Leaders who want to make a Difference!

Joe Qian's picture

Update: The participants have been announced!

Thank you so much for the overwhelming interest and applications that you've sent. If you were not selected, we will continue to work together on sharing the ideas in your essays that you've submitted over the next few months. Thanks again! 


Are you from a South Asia Region (SAR) country, 18-25 years old and engaged in youth activities and development initiatives? 

Apply to join the World Bank & IMF’s Annual Meetings from September 23-25, 2011 in Washington DC, USA.

Application deadline: August 19, 2011. Details below.

Trustee vs. Delegate: A False Dichotomy?

Antonio Lambino's picture

A large number of posts on this blog have revolved around citizen engagement in the policymaking process.  Some have centered on public participation in public sector budgeting.  We have featured, among others, a deliberative poll in Zeguo Township, China, participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a book on participatory budgeting with examples from six countries, including India, Mexico, South Africa, and Croatia.  We have also talked about the much touted success of newspaper publication of education sector budgets in Uganda.  Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys found that public access to budget information led to a strong and significant reduction in corruption.

In my mind, these examples break down the wall which 18th century political philosopher Edmund Burke erected between the “trustee” vs. “delegate” models of democratic representation (he favored the former).