Development 56.3 'The future of global governance' is out now!

'We need to make democracy and social justice something real that people experience in their daily lives and not just abstract concepts that entertain intellectuals' (Peter Anyang' Nyong'o).

At the moment when world leaders and key thinkers are discussing about the post 2015 development goals, the question of political participation, social inclusion, and economic empowerment in all sectors of life and society, both in rich and poor countries are increasingly threatened by ineffective and inadequate institutions and policy making. This age is marked by the disconnect between governance and citizenship. A widespread phenomenon, in emerging as much as in mature economies and democracies. Furthermore, people's liberties and their civic agency are increasingly and too easily traded for the economy and the state to become more efficient and for development to be achieved, with the institutional system shaping more authoritative.

How can the existing power relations within society be challenged and re-structured? How can institutions become more participatory and accountable and reconnect to the people they represent? What is the starting point for a governance renewal and what would the renewed democratic institutions look like?

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Horst Köhler
Charles Onyango-Obbo
Christa Wichterich