The Conference is a development market-place approach by which State actors and non-State actors come to a central point to shop for innovative ideas that are problem-solving and transformational that don't only resonate across the Region but are capable of being replicated.
It is to be a four day event with the following activities:
- Open day: Members of the public will have the privilege to engage the government officials on service delivery issues.
- Market stalls: Each State will operate a ‘market stall’ where they can showcase innovatives practices on public service delivery.
- Presentation of outstanding innovative practices by Southwest Governments and civil society organisations operating in the Southwest Region.
- Innovation clinics: Service delivery issues will be diagnosed and solutions prescribed by experts.
- Offer States the opportunity to showcase their most successful reforms
- Encourage State-to-State networking and allow States benefit from each other's experiences
- Stimulate interest in future collaboration and the development of new programmes
- Encourage the uptake of these innovative good practices by States potentially leading to broadening of governance reforms and an overall improvement in service delivery across the region
- Serve as a platform to identify and generate communities of communicators/practices around specific thematic areas of reforms
- Provide a process or mechanism by which information on reform is shared
- Identify reform initiatives that could resonate and be replicated across the region to address service delivery issues and encourage discussions around these.
- Afford States the opportunity to market new ideas to potential investors (donors, private sector organisations) and build partnership with Civil Society and media;