May 23 2017

1025 F Street Northwest #800, Washington, DC 20004 United States

"[V]ibrant media and informed citizen engagement are essential for ensuring progress and more transparent and participatory policymaking."

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, DC, United States (US) is holding an event to explore how media and civil society can play a more effective role in helping societies solve problems, addressing the empirical evidence and how it has been done in the field.

CIMA points out that, while civil society and the media are often painted primarily as forces of opposition, a growing group of scholars and practitioners makes the case for their vital roles in building dialogue. For example, the World Bank's World Development Report 2017 provides empirical evidence to suggest that coordination and cooperation, spanning social and political divides, are integral in ensuring good governance and achieving sustainable improvements in security, growth, and equity.

Moderated by Nicholas Benequista, Research Manager and Editor, CIMA, the expert panel will feature:

  • Tara Susman-Peña, Senior Technical Advisor, IREX, who will discuss IREX's newly launched Vibrant Information Systems approach;
  • Marco Larizza, Senior Public Sector Specialist and a core author on the World Development Report, who will delve into the report's findings on civil society and the media;
  • Miriam Kornblith, Senior Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, the NED; and
  • Naomi Hossain, an expert in popular politics with the Institute of Development Studies.

Lunch is included in the free event, which will be held on May 23 2017 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT. Click here to register.

Email from CIMA to The Communication Initiative on May 15 2017.