Background

Democracy in India has evolved over centuries. India has earned a universal recognition as the cradle of Spiritual Democracy. Political Democracy with the idea of autonomous society has remained inherent to the concept of democracy in India. In recent past, from the 'Dark days of emergency' to 'Citizen's rating government's performance', India has come a long way as a democratic nation state.

Good governance is a necessary condition for a stable and prosperous democracy which is not possible without public participation. The concept of peoples' participation has been defined and implemented differently by different users of the term across the globe. However, the parameters of participation have been debated along with various criteria such as: involvement of the local community in decision making, implementation strategies, sharing of direct and indirect benefits and monitoring and evaluation of the projects.

Public information education, Consultation and Citizen Engagement are widely considered as the tools of People's Participation. Experiences in most of the government sponsored projects have shown that the involvement of community in general is sub-optimal. While this being so, the involvement of NGOs as intermediary agencies is expected to accelerate the pace of project implementation and ensure quality and sustainability. The process of people's participation, therefore, requires a triangular partnership among local community, NGOs and Government Agencies.

About Jan-Gan-Man

In this backdrop, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) is organizing a 2-day conference as part of its National Convention on the theme - "Jan Gan Man: Good Governance through People's Participation" on 24-25 January, 2017 at RMP Campus, Mumbai. The Convention will emphasize on promoting public participation in governance. In this context, the two day long convention will analyze the policy initiatives that have promoted public participation in governance in order to bring about a change in the society or push development activity.

Objectives

  • To understand the theoretical framework and parameters developed in the field of good governance and public participation.

  • To provide a platform to the practitioners, government officials and civil society organizations to present their experiences, best practices and related projects.

  • To develop a repository of knowledge pool of case studies, policy initiatives, success stories, in order to establish a network for mutual learning.

Sub Themes

  • Ensuring Good Governance and Equal Opportunity to marginal sections

  • Family as the epicentre for Women and Child development

  • Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Rural Development

  • Swachch Bharat through Sahbhagi Bharat

  • Community Involvement in Entrepreneurship Development

  • Best Practices and Innovative Ways of Public Participation : Domestic & International Experiences