A workshop by Karnataka Social Watch
11th March 2010, 9.30am - 5.00pm, Institute of Agriculture Technologists, Queens Road, Bangalore
Institutions of governance become a crucial link in maintaining the equilibrium rendering democracy more stable and meaningful. We are aware that these institutions themselves are under various pulls and pressures have become the ‘weakest link’ in the crucial process. The health of these institutions, therefore, is of great significance to sustain the twin challenges of democracy and development.
It is at this crucial juncture that Social Watch process has expressed its commitment to contribute and intervene in form of ‘Citizens’ Report on Governance and Development’ which looks at the performance of the four nodal institutions of governance, namely; the Parliament, the Executive, the Judiciary and the institutions of Local Self Governance. The Report seeks to create an alternate governance discourse by putting the knowledge and information about the performance of these institutions in the public domain. The Report is presented to the citizens as an advocacy tool in the hope that it will empower civil society to ask relevant questions which will give a push towards people oriented governance.
Karnataka Social Watch invites you to a one day workshop on ‘Monitoring institutions of governance’ on 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 9.30am – 5pm, Institute of Agriculture Technologists (IAT), Queens Road, Bangalore. This workshop marks as an initial step towards bringing the Karnataka Social Watch report 2009-2010.
Keeping in mind the enormity of the functioning of the government and equally the interventions by the civil society, it is a difficult task to understand its depth on one side and document the performance of the institutions of governance on the other. The one day workshop looks at a few select themes (governance & financial reforms, human development and human rights) to understand ‘how the processes of reforms’ have affected our lives. We feel that having a focused understanding of the themes by knowing from those who have observed them (academician, organizations, activists and civil society) would provide us an opportunity to take stock of the situation.
We would also identify the scope of the Karnataka Social Watch report 2009-2010, as this would be again a process oriented and will definitely lay foundation for the 2010-2011 report.
We look forward to seeing you on 11th March 2010, 9.30am at IAT.
(Gururaja Budhya, URC) (Vinay Baindur) (Anand, ACF) (Manohar, SICHREM) (Rajendran Prabhakar) (Vasudeva Sharma, CRT)
Tentative Programme Schedule
Karnataka Social Watch Workshop on 11th March 2010 (Thursday) at 1st Floor, Institute of Agriculture Technologists, Queens Road, Bangalore
Day-1: (10am – 5pm)
9.30am : Registration
9.45am : Welcome, purpose of the workshop,
10.00am – 11.15am : Session-1
- Structural adjustments
- Investment Climate
11.15am – 11.45am : Coffee/Tea
11.45am – 1.00pm : Session-2
- Development Funding
- Budget study
- Social Structure Funding
1.00pm – 1.30pm : Lunch
1.30pm – 2.45pm : Session-3
- Human Development Reports – district level
- 2005 Human Development Plan
- State Plan
2.45pm – 3.15pm : Coffee/Tea
3.15pm – 4.30pm : Session-4
- Human Rights Commission Study
- Police Reforms
- Violence Against Women
4.30pm – 4.45pm : Summing up
5.00pm : End of programme
 Social Watch - Karnataka is a member of National Social Watch Coalition, India. The Social Watch process brings out annual Citizens’ Reports that look at the performance of the four nodal institutions of governance, namely: the Parliament, the Executive, the Judiciary and the institutions of Local Self Governance – both at National and Global level. Social Watch – Karnataka made an initial effort of bringing out a Karnataka report on Primary Education and organizing a discussion on Citizens’ Report on Governance and Development 2008-09 (by National Social Watch Coalition) in 2009.