Leveraging from partnership and collaboration, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) was invited by  United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to participate in the 2018 UNDP Istanbul Innovation Days in Turkey. The theme of the event was “The Next Generation Governance” RAN was represented by Nathan Tumuhamye, the Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab. During the event, RAN presented on the sub theme “Power and Decision Making” where a case study of RAN’s Deliberative Polls® was presented. The focus for the presentation was on how Participatory Dialogue is facilitating policy changes to mitigate adverse effects of landslides and floods in East Africa. Given that we are witnessing a fundamental evolution of power and innovation in decision-making accelerated by new technology, RAN was able to present some avenues that the diffusion and concentration of power create in policymaking. The Istanbul Innovation Days (IID) also presented an opportunity to explore and accelerate organizational learning about emerging trends and innovative approaches to development and policy making.

According to UNDP, IID have emerged as a central R&D mechanism to help rethink and continuously challenge our work while building a new generation of services with and for development partners and clients. This is through incentivizing emerging initiatives and experiments around strategic issues including citizen participation in governance and decision making.

Therefore, this convening presented emerging global trends impacting governance mechanisms especially those that are aimed at contextualizing potential implications around the world through collaborative experimentation.

The 2018 IID was organized by UNDP in partnership with Dark Matter Laboratories of London and brought together internal and external partners to showcase methodologies and practical examples of innovative governance and peace building practices in different disciplines, countries and settings. The event facilitated wider discussions and created spaces for experimentation complementary to existing practices with a greater focus on innovation in governance and peace building.