Beyond Growth: Innovation and Governance

Monday, 4 May 2015, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Rapid growth has lifted millions out of poverty, and yet it is becoming clear that the region can no longer continue pursuing growth at any cost and postpone addressing social inclusion and environmental care. And while there is no universal strategy for pursuing a triple bottom line of high, socially inclusive and sustainable growth, it is increasingly accepted that governance lies at the heart of numerous challenges and opportunities in the region.

Better governance has many dimensions, but a centerpiece of the changes people want to see is better service delivery. Improvements in this respect are vital to achieving more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth. To improve development effectiveness, civil society organizations and governments across the globe are experimenting with new ways to strengthen the way governments and citizens interact. Results from these experiments are now coming out and are a source of ideas for adoption. To date, E-Governance and E-Government are being considered in many countries as a way to strengthen the delivery of public services and increase voice and accountability.

Key Questions

  • What innovative approaches related to governance can be employed to bring about improvements in service delivery?
  • What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of some of the experimental approaches in strengthening the interaction of governments and citizens?
  • What lessons in E-Governance and E-Government can be learned from the region? 

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Daniel Kaufmann
President, Natural Resource Governance Institute

Alexia Latortue
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Development Policy and Debt, US Treasury

M. Jae Moon
Underwood Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Director of Institute of State Governance Studies, Yonsei University

Shahmar Movsumov
CEO of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan

Hon. Charlotte Slente
Governor for Denmark in the Asian Development Bank and Deputy Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark


Vinod Thomas
Director General, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank