Session B6: Revitalizing communities through civil society


The emerging consensus amongst development practitioners is that solutions to urban challenges cannot be found within existing government structures alone. A number of key characteristics make civil society organizations ideal and popular agents of change, giving rise to their key role in the development of local sustainability.
Civil society organizations are free to experiment with innovative approaches and, where necessary, to take risks with fewer restrictions than local governments. They are flexible in adapting to local situations and responding to local needs, making them key stakeholders that should be engaged in the development of integrated community focused projects. Furthermore, civil society stakeholders often command significant influence both at the neighbourhood grassroots level, but also to the top levels of government, through international sustainability and advocacy processes.

This session will explore the role of civil society stakeholders in local government planning and sustainability project implementation. Speakers from local governments and civil society organizations will share both new and innovative, and tried-and-tested partnership models for the promotion of local sustainability. Examples of successful local government-civil society collaboration in the Republic of Korea, and abroad, will highlight how this cooperation has achieved greater returns and co-benefits for local sustainability initiatives.

Envisaged outcomes
Participants will develop their understanding of:
– Good practice examples of successful local government-NGO partnerships
– How local-government-NGO partnerships can be best mobilized to advance local sustainability
– The challenges and opportunities for local governments in partnering with NGOs


Download the session description as of 9 April 2015