Objectives and Key Questions


  1. Provide an opportunity for development practitioners, policy makers and citizens to share experiences about citizen-led, community-based development through case study presentations, workshops and open discussion.
  2. Lay the foundation for a shared understanding of citizen-led innovation as a basis for further conversations.
  3. Identify mechanisms for ongoing discussion, learning and reflection beyond the forum.


Key Questions

  1. What does it take for citizens to become engaged in the community development process?
  2. What socially innovative partnerships between public, private and civil society actors are emerging to embrace citizen-led development?
  3. What is the role of local leadership in making innovative and sustainable community development happen?
  4. What are the internal and external conditions that support community mobilization and agency?
  5. What challenges and value-related conflicts do community leaders articulate?
  6. How do communities understand and measure successful development?
  7. How are community-driven initiatives sustained over time and how are successful innovations taken to scale?