Role of Government & Citizen Engagement

What unites us across cultures and generations is our commitment to advocacy – citizens uniting in pursuit of justice.

Despite many security concerns in Nigeria we interact with our government on different issues but still we have a long way to be properly heard by the government.

President Muhammadu Buhari was holding a town hall meeting with traditional, community leaders and other stakeholders in Damaturu, Yobe State. He met with Dapchi school girls’ parents later.


We need to do more to be innovative in politics. We need to facilitate conversations between UN, governments and people that are usually inaccessible. We should think of ways to ensure that the offline or online mobilization is part of decision making.
United States official withdrawal from the UN Refugee Agency is a clear indication of the need to do more towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . If our most politically, socially, and economically developed nations aren’t showing solidarity, what precedent are we setting?
It is impossible for a government to pave the way for positive changes without civic engagement and people’s support to the government’s development agenda. National engagement is a must factor.

UNDP in Kuwait is using a fusion of behavioral science and economics + public policy with their Behavioural Insights Unit (or ‘nudge unit’), known as the Kuwait Policy Appraisal Lab (KPAL), especially for implementation of the Kuwait National development Plan (KNDP).

General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD)

Some educated younger generation are still not aware of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and therefore can’t hold the government accountable. We have to spread the word for everyone to join the conversation. GLOBAL PEOPLE! GLOBAL PEOPLE!! GLOBAL PEOPLE!!!

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Education, health and wellbeing are basic human rights, while citizen led initiatives are important. We must continue to pressure government who ratified & signed onto the UN Charter, they must provide these basic needs for its people.

We have to understand the roots of the problems in order to attempt to solve them. Diversity of thought is paramount, so having platforms like Global People’s Summit (for global discussions to take place between citizens and governments) helps to enforce accountability across board.

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