Regional High Level Meeting “Enhancing Civil Society Participation in Policy-Making”, Cairo 17 January 2011
Cairo, Egypt, 17 January 2011
The regional meeting “Enhancing Civil Society Participation in Policy-Making”, organised by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Administrative Development in cooperation with the MENA-OECD Governance Programme, was held on 17 January 2011 in Cairo. Back to back, the host, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Minister of State for Administrative Development, launched the Arabic version of the OECD Report “Progress in Public Management in the Middle East and North Africa”. Both events were attended by over 200 high-level officials and civil society representatives from 13 MENA and OECD countries.
- Representatives from governmental and non-governmental organisations underlined the importance of engaging the civil society as frequently as possible in the policy-making process to create accountable and transparent governments.
- Growing policy complexity makes consultations ever more important. The public is a rich source of instantly and updated information. To further contribute to better evidence-based decision making, civil society groups need support in developing capacities to participate meaningfully in the policy-making process.
- Civil inclusion in all policies is necessary to reflect diversity, bridge the cultural gap and promote social cohesion within and across countries.