Professional Certificate in Governance and Accountability

Day One: Monday

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Introductions
What do we mean by Governance and Accountability?
Delegates introductions and sharing of experiences
Look ahead to the week
10:15 Different types of governance: public and private compared
Fundamentals of good governance
Governance at different levels and multi-level governance
OECD governance best practice principles
UK Financial Reporting Council Corporate Governance best practice
Civil Service Governance
11:30 Morning coffee  
11:45 International and National Frameworks
What are the current international frameworks?
UN-Post 2015 – making accountability a priority
National ownership – ‘vertical alignment’
Legal frameworks
Human rights
Coherence, consistency, flexibility, targets and indicators
12:45 Lunch  
13:30 Accountability
Vertical (principal-agent relation e.g. elections)
Horizontal (checks and balances in the exercise of state power and oversight institutions)
Social (civil society organizations and media)
14:45 Afternoon Tea  
15:00 Accountability continued.
Political vs legal accountability
Limitations of international accountability
Importance of strengthening local accountability
Answerability: obligation to inform, explain and justify decisions/ actions
15:45 Examples of Organisational Governance and Accountability Framework
16:15 Recap Discussion and Debate
16:30 Close  

Day Two: Tuesday

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap
10:00 Strengthening Systems
Strengthening local governments
Local development and accountability
Strengthening electoral, legislative, justice and anti-corruption systems
Clear delimitation of responsibility - clearly defined duties and
performance standards
11:15 Morning coffee
11:30 Empowerment
Participation of individuals and civil society
Social inclusion and its role in accountability
Access to justice and justice administration
Access to information
Youth participation in holding Governments to account
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Gender and Rights
Gender responsive and rights based governance systems
Women’s participation in politics and decision making
Gender-responsive budgeting
Frameworks to allow for human rights and accountability
Supporting more legitimate, inclusive and effective governments
14:45 Lunch
15:00 Coordination and Cooperation
The importance to effective accountability
Development cooperation
16:15 Recap Discussion and Debate
16:30 Close

Day Three: Wednesday

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap
10:00 Transparency and Anti-Corruption
What are the negative impacts of corruption and poor transparency?
UN framework to tackle corruption – impacts
The importance of strong institutions
Anti-corruption mechanisms
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Transparency and Anti-Corruption continued.
Citizen engagement
Transparency International
Case study: DFID’s strengthening national audit offices
12:45 Lunch  
13:30 Case Study: Whistleblowing
Exposing wrongdoing and threats to public welfare
Enabling structures for whistleblowers
14:45 Afternoon Tea
15:00 Relationships between public and non-state actors
Private organisations
Third sector
Aligning principles and standards with wider goals
How to make non-state actors accountable
Need for more links between government and marginalised groups
The concept of Delivery Chains
16:15 Recap Discussion and Debate  
16:30 Close  

Day Four: Thursday

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap
10:00 Monitoring Frameworks
Current frameworks
What are the meaningful indicators to measure and evaluate progress?
What are the enabling tools and mechanisms necessary?
Policy direction
“Even-handed” to balance intrinsic power asymmetries
What are the gaps and pitfalls to watch out for?
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Role of regulation
Current regulatory mechanisms for Government accountability
OECD Governance of Regulation Best Practice'
Are these mechanisms effective?
The future of accountability regulation in the public sector
12:45 Lunch  
13:30 Enforcement
Non-binding, voluntary agreements
The missing link – credible incentives?
14:45 Afternoon Tea  
15:00 Is there a role for technology?
The role of data in governance and accountability
E-governance – citizen centric?
Social media and its evolving role
16:15 Recap Discussion and Debate  
16:30 Close  

Day Five: Friday

09:30 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap
10:00 Finance, Accountability and Governance
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Guidance on Achieving a Chartered Management Professional Qualification
Structuring a written piece of work for assessment: generic overview and principles
Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria
Blending strategic climate change adaptation planning content into these structures
12:30 Developing Action Plans
Facilitated discussion and delegate specific planning session
How to increase accountability?
13:15 End of Week Discussion and Certificate Presentation
13:30 Lunch and Close