Getting Involved Globally — Feedback from a global E-Discussion

Since the attending the UN conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in my sister city of Sendai, Japan, I have been advocating at local levels, primarily with local NGOs (including SOCAL), service organizations, and the private sector, but also at schools and universities to get involved in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenge. Our local community can be a force in global development.

A frequent ‘thinking automatically’ response from people I have spoken to, has been, while stating it may be an admirable objective, it has NOT been an objective that is achievable without organizational leadership.

Allow me to refute that point, using inputs from a 3-week Global Platform on Social Accountability (GPSA <>) e-discussion from November 2015 [Engaging with Citizen Voices and Experiences: the 2017 World Development Report on Governance and the Law ]. Obviously in our busy lives, the process of designing and implementing effective interventions to end poverty and hunger by 2030 globally is most likely a low priority.

What matters is not only which policy to implement, but also how it is implemented. Even those wishing to become involved point out the needs for leadership and a more iterative process of discovery, learning, and adaptation.

GPSA is a ‘knowledge hub’ for international development. It as a ‘Community of Practice’ that includes not only field and HQ based development and humanitarian professionals, but also people who care about shaping a better future for our world. Sign up for GPSA, and get involved in the discussions!

The e-discussion last year, helped provide feedback to writers of the World Development Report (WDR) 2017 on the theme ‘Governance and the Law’. It sought to shed light on how a better understanding of governance can bring about more effective policy interventions to achieve sustainable improvements .

Clearly members of sister cities have been in discussions with their counter-parts on how our organizations are able to affect change. Helping to design or implement community services that are effective and efficient is important to global development.

Part III (of WDR17) analyzes the potential drivers of governance change, identifying the strategies used by citizens and elites as well as the role that international influences play.

As a member of GPSA, you will be able to review the entire transcript of the

e-discussion. Turning good wishes and words into actions is more possible today than ever before with access to cell phone technologies, the internet and the plathorea of knowledge hubs and social media platforms.

60 Days of Impact is an incredible opportunity being offered by SCI to forward this global conversation. It provides us with a platform we are comfortable with, to begin getting involved with the SDG challenge in our local communities. As the WDR15 urged, getting involved with a more iterative process of discovery, learning and adaption, and we can help achieve the Agenda 2030 vision (@Agenda2030).