Collaborative Planning Report: Building a Sustainable Governance Model
In Trinidad and Tobago there has been a consistent chorus for review and reform of the democratic mechanisms which govern the country for some time leading to several iterations of citizen action and government led constitution reform.
Citizen action has ranged from sectoral initiatives to cross-sectoral collaboration and tactical support in mainly informal arrangements for a finite period. A similar approach has been pursued in partnership with government. The growing sound and fury for increased levels of participation and greater accountability by state officials requires that citizens and government find common ground for pursuing initiatives for collective decision making through a structured partnership demonstrable in its design and implementation.
On October 20, 2017 WINAD hosted a citizens’ forum with participation by fifty persons representing twenty-five Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), three state agencies, and individual development experts to identify practical actions for structured engagement with Government to influence and strengthen implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s national development strategy Vision 2030, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.