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Workshop on People’s Policy as Public Policy by Sambhaavana Institute, Palampur [June 25-29]: Registrations Open

By: Usha | 16 Jun 2018 12:00 AM

About the Workshop

Loktantrashala (School for Democracy) and Sambhaavnaa Institute are organising a five-day workshop on People’s Policy as Public Policy: Safeguarding Democracy and Building Citizenship on 25th to 29th June 2018  to reflect with participants on the challenges and possibilities of building citizenship and social accountability.

The workshop will also situate India’s experience with social accountability within a wider framework of democratic theory and theories of citizenship. We will critically examine existing evidence on the effectiveness of accountability practices and also draw on lessons from social accountability practices in countries like Brazil and Mexico which have pioneered participatory budgeting and citizen oversight of the electoral process.

We will challenge the current public discourse on increasing corruption, broken systems of governance and the need to privatize systems. We will reflect on the much wider framework of governance and social accountability that empowers citizens by presenting and discussing practical interventions being carried out in multiple sectors and contexts.

The objective of the workshop is thus:

  • To examine the fundamental causes of the crisis of governance in our democracy today and the far-reaching impacts of the same, especially on the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of the society.
  • To understand the vision and approach of diverse initiatives towards deepening and decentralising democracy in governance and critically examine the relevance and impact of these.
  • To explore ideas and alternative forms of governance models and processes that challenge the existing power structures.
  • To discuss emerging discourses on “good governance” including Aadhar and use of digital technology in the context of peoples’ rights in a democratic framework

Who is the workshop for?

The workshop is for young activists, researchers, and practitioners interested in the theme of the workshop or working on issues of governance and public policy. Those in the age group 22 to 35 years will be given preference. We encourage individuals belonging to marginalized communities to apply for the workshop.


A mix of English and Hindi. The mode of interaction shall involve lectures, group work, group discussions, film and documentary screening.

Contribution towards Programs Costs

We hope that participants would contribute an amount of Rs. 5000 for 5 days/-  towards workshop expenses, inclusive of all onsite workshop costs: boarding, lodging, and all the materials used in the workshop.

Need based partial waivers are available; We have a very limited number of partial waivers so please apply for a waiver only if you really need it. Do remember that there may be others who need it more than you.

How to apply

Apply online at this link.

Dates: June 25th to 29th, 2018

Venue:  Sambhaavnaa Institute, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh


For more information please call 889 422 7954 or email:

Click here for official website link. 

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