Governance for human development

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•10•04    15:00 - 16:00

    This UNU Press Interactive Seminar will feature a lecture by G. Shabbir Cheema, Director, Asia-Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative, and Senior Fellow, East-West Center, on “Governance for Human Development: Emerging Trends and Issues in Asia”.

    UNU Interactive Seminar on Global Issues # 13

    Governance for Human Development: Emerging Trends and Issues in Asia

    • Lecturer: G. Shabbir Cheema, Director, Asia-Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative and Senior Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Discussant: Takeo Uchida, Special Advisor, Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University, former Professor of International Public Policy, Chuo University

    Globalization is the dominant force shaping the interactions and interdependence among countries, and providing new opportunities and challenges for economic and social development. Its results include profound and far-reaching changes in new markets, tools, actors and rules. Effective governance is essential to make use of opportunities provided by globalization to promote human development including service delivery and access. The state plays an important role in creating an enabling environment to participate in the global economy, strengthening the capacities of institutions, providing services to all segments of society, and protecting the environment. Effective governance—involving the government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations—is necessary to achieve national objectives and regional cooperation.

    In this seminar, Dr. G. Shabbir Cheema (co-editor of three recently-published UNU Press titles: Engaging Civil Society: Emerging Trends in Democratic Governance; Building Trust in Government: Innovations in Governance Reform in Asia; and Cross-Border Governance in Asia: Regional Issues and Mechanisms) will discuss the theory and practice of governance for human development in Asia.

    • What are the determinants and consequences of citizens’ trust or lack of trust in government?
    • What roles are civil society organizations performing at the global, national and local levels?
    • What are the mechanisms for their accountability?
    • What are the regional governance mechanisms in Asia to cope with such cross-border issues as migration, human trafficking, and infectious diseases and health cooperation?

    Dr. Cheema will present a theoretical framework, and methodologies and approaches to assess the quality of governance in an attempt to answer these questions.

    Following the presentation will be discussant comments by Prof. Takeo Uchida. The seminar will be followed by a general discussion among the participants and audience, and conclude with a reception.

    Advance registration is required. To register, please send your name and affiliation to

    Registration closes on 3 October.

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