Creating Participatory Spaces in Public Policy: Insights and Learnings from Community Engagement in Participatory Schemes
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | The University of Chicago Center in Delhi
There is an urgent need to involve communities in the creation and delivery of the policy initiatives intended to serve them. However, governments and outside organizations often experience difficulty reaching and engaging end-users in a process of design, implementation and refinement. As a result, initiatives can struggle to incorporate the ideas of end-users and align to their priorities. Participatory schemes have been identified as vehicles to address these challenges. One vital component of cultivating successful participation within a scheme is the creation of productive spaces that successfully link a government or organization and its beneficiaries.A successful participatory scheme will generate community engagement towards a mission, and effectively iterate with the community towards its implementation. Participatory schemes are able to transform the community itself into a vital resource, in a way that traditional schemes cannot. While there is a general consensus among experts about what characterizes a participatory scheme—the involvement of beneficiaries as planners and owners in the scheme’s development—opinions diverge when discussing the means of reaching that end. It is time to begin a discussion centered around the challenges that are inherent to participatory programs, and the best practices that have been shown to lower barriers to success. In particular, how can an organization or government create spaces that ensure a true participatory system, especially when that entails a transition from existing structures to the new and unfamiliar? This conference is designed to facilitate such a discussion. Experts on the panel will share insights and best practices relating to overcoming participatory challenges and deepening levels of community engagement in India.
Financing Development Programs: Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | The University of Chicago Center in Delhi
Per conservative estimates, India will face a financial shortfall of USD 8.5 trillion if it is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It needs significant additional funds, along with systemic changes at the policy and service-delivery levels, to achieve these goals. While the government’s spending and efforts are substantial, increased participation by private funders is critical, and philanthropic giving and impact investing can accelerate the development process. Such funding can support the implementation of existing government programmes, catalyze innovation, drive advocacy, and educate communities. A number of factors presage a larger role for private actors. The recently amended Companies Act mandates that a sizeable number of corporations spend 2 percent of their net profits on corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes. Impact investing has emerged as an investment-led approach to channelize capital towards for-profit enterprises that not only create social impact, but also have the potential to generate returns. While these trends are heartening, questions about the effectiveness of these emerging mechanisms remain unanswered. In light of these developments, the International Innovation Corps will be hosting a conference to answer pertinent questions about the impact of social enterprises and impact investing on the one hand, and the successes and lessons from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding on the other.
Filling Data Gaps, Fueling Data Governance
Friday, August 25th, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | The University of Chicago Center in Delhi
Data is the new oil: it is undoubtedly a rich resource, but one that is currently difficult to tap into and often inefficient in its usage. The International Innovation Corps will be hosting a workshop that hopes to shine a light on promising public and private data initiatives that overcome gaps in data collection, management, and analysis. Beyond recognizing these entrepreneurial ventures, we hope to engage in a productive discussion on how their best practices and approaches can be scaled up. The workshop will feature case study presentations and a distinguished panel of experts representing such fields as data journalism, policy research, and data intelligence.