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Engaging citizens for better development outcomes

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The World Bank Group’s Open Learning Campus (OLC) is launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from March 15-April 26—Citizen Engagement: A Game Changer for Development?—through the edX platform. Experts from across the globe critically analyze how citizen engagement can be leveraged most effectively to achieve development results.
 
Partnering with leading institutions—the London School of Economics, Overseas Development Institute, Participedia and CIVICUS—to develop each week’s content, the MOOC aims to provide the best knowledge and cutting edge research on the subject. With over 25,000 global learners having joined previous offerings, this third offering of the popular course will continue to build a genuine community of practice.
 
Why citizen engagement? In an increasingly interconnected world, citizen engagement is critical for improving development outcomes. Around the world we have seen that when citizens are engaged, when they participate, they can improve policymaking and service delivery.
 
Simply put, if we want to solve the social, economic, and environmental challenges, we need to take into account the knowledge, experiences, views, and values of the people most directly affected by them.

Citizen engagement is about empowering people to take control of their own lives, to continue to find solutions to these challenges, and to provide feedback on the quality of services received. It is about giving voice to people so that they are not left out of the development process.
 
What will you learn? This social sciences course explores citizen engagement and the role citizens can play in actively shaping public policy and service delivery. Throughout the course, you will learn about research and theories related to citizen engagement, and examples of ways citizens and governments are working together to improve their societies.
 
This 2017 offering of the popular MOOC features local practitioners implementing different citizen engagement approaches in various sectors including water, health, and education in Ghana and Kenya.
 
We hope you will join us on March 15 to learn how you can improve development results across the globe and in your own communities.

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Submitted by Chris Kubwimana on

It make more sense when when we make "citizen engagement including to reflect the wider society including women, children and people with disabilities.

Submitted by antonio Muagerene on

Working in the Mozambique Municipal Development Program this approach is fundamental for my advisory role to Municipalities.
Best regards.

A Muagerene

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