Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
MC C2-137, The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433
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A common theme in the field of open government refers to the use of technologies as a means to foster citizen engagement. A closer examination, however, shows that most initiatives facilitated by information and communication technologies (ICT) have been characterized by low levels of citizen engagement.
In Brazil, the state of Rio Grande do Sul stands out as an exception. For instance, in a recent web-based policy crowdsourcing initiative, “Governador Pergunta” (“Governer Asks”), citizens were invited to co-design solutions to address health challenges in the state. The process has generated over 1,300 proposals, with more than 120,000 votes cast on the prioritization of the different proposals. In a similar vein, the state government has engaged over one million residents in its multi-channel (online and offline) participatory budgeting (PB) process this year.
At this event, high-level officials of Rio Grande do Sul will present the state’s innovations on citizen engagement and feedback mechanisms, as well as discussing the ongoing initiatives implemented with the support of the World Bank Institute (WBI)’s ICT4Gov program in the framework of Rio Grande SWAp to Strengthen Public Investment.