Expert Panel - Advocating for Good Governance: The Challenge of Empirical Evidence


Barak Hoffman, The World Bank

Sharon Flynn, University of Queensland; Artara Consulting

Edward Ampratwum, Centre for Democratic Development, Ghana

Moderated by:

Jonathan Fox, American University


Thursday, May 21


Oxfam America
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 1300
Washington, DC 20036 

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A focus on good governance, accountability and rights has come to dominate the mission statements of international development organizations. This focus, however, is frustrated by a lack of empirical evidence linking 'good governance' with improved development outcomes - including the more effective use of natural resource wealth. This poses a challenge for advocacy organization that rely on the use of compelling statistics, and the moral imperative of addressing poverty, for their mission.

Please join us for a conversation on the possibilities for advocacy around good governance and development, in the context of weak, contradictory or ambiguous data.

This panel is part of a research project being carried out by Oxfam America with the generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Barak Hoffman is a Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank. His work focuses on the political economy of development in Africa. Prior to joining the Bank, he was the Director of the Center for Democracy and Civil Society at Georgetown University. He also has worked as an Economist at the United States Agency for International Development, the United States Department of the Treasury, and the United States Federal Reserve, and was a Research Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Sharon Flynn is a senior leader in social performance, skilled in creating shared social, economic and environmental value for business and society. She has a reputation for innovation aligned with business interests with a demonstrated ability to work across differing social, commercial and cultural realities to achieve negotiated outcomes. Sharon has a strong understanding of the nexus between environmental, social and business risk, and the need for integrated and strategic thinking. Sharon has 20+ years of experience working in the extractive, construction, manufacturing, forestry and non-profit sectors in North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. She has wide ranging knowledge of the business models, operations, and commercial arrangements required to achieve resource access and social consensus, gained as senior leader, corporate advisor, consultant and auditor.

Edward Fokou Ampratwum is a researcher at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD- Ghana). CDD is an independent, non partisan and, nonprofit organization based in Accra, Ghana. CDD-Ghana is dedicated to the promotion of society and government based on the rule of law, appropriate checks on the power of the state, and integrity in public administration

Jonathan Fox is a professor of development studies at the School of International Service at American University. His research addresses the relationships between citizen participation, transparency and accountability, including field research in rural Mexico since 1982. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Oxfam America and Fundar. He also collaborates with the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations and currently serves on the International Expert Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership. For access to publications in English and Spanish, see Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Google+