Current National and Local governance models were formed and flourished by the concept of Democracy. The discourse pertaining to the process of Democratization in the Global North and South currently attempts to expand the representation and participation of people in the governance structure at global, national and local levels in order to make it more inclusive which in turn will broadening its standards. The latest dimension of Democratic Governance is therefore to empower and mobilize the public and get them connected to the body politic as active players in the domain of politics.

Kofi Annan, Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, said that “the ability of individual citizens, civil society organizations, political parties, electoral management bodies, and others to defend democratic ideals depends on a thorough understanding of the state of democracy. The empowerment of citizens is essential to the survival of Democracy”.

This conference titled “Democratic Governance at Crossroads” focuses on representativeness and responsiveness of representatives to citizens, the formation of accountable governance models, the digital sphere and its effect on governance, and exploring effective and efficient way of policy making along with implementing, empowering and mobilizing citizens binding them to ruling and ruled parties.

Though, the discourse of this new form of democratic governance promotes the bridging of ruling and ruled parties, a number of challenges emerge from the discourse itself at a pragmatic level. Religious Radicalization, the turning of the youth towards violence, and the Hegemony of Social, Political and Economic paradigms are some such issues which have come forth as serious challenges affecting the functioning of Nation States. Sri Lanka too is not immune to these challenges and they are clearly visible within the Democratic Governance processes in Post-war Sri Lanka.

Future prospects of Democratic Governance can be furthered through eliminating the root causes of Undemocratic Governance and by enhancing knowledge on Humanity, Rights and Liberty whilst empowering and mobilizing people towards promoting and protecting non-violence forms of governance.

This conference is organized with the hope of producing new epistemologies to understand the varied aspects of Democratic Governance and identify challenges and initiate a discourse to promote and further the future prospects of governance.

The financial assistance for the conference is given by the Strengthening Research, Education and Advocacy in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies project which is a collaborative effort of four academic institutions: Tribhuvan University (TU) in Nepal, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Norway, University of Ruhuna (RU) in Sri Lanka and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology(CIIT) in Pakistan. This project has been financed by the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED).

Sub Themes
Religion and Spirituality
Archaeology and Heritage
Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Reconciliation
Network Societies and Cultures
Gender mainstreaming
Governance and Public Policy
Development and Natural Resource Management
Globalization Challenges
Demographic Challenges
Language and Literature
Education and Social Transformation
Counseling and Social Harmony
Keynote Speakers

W. A. Wijewardena (PhD)
Faculty of Landscape and Society International Environment and Development Studies, (Noragric)
Norwegian University of Life Scienc
Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Chairman of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka
Chairman of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board during 2000-2009 

Department of Development Studies/High Mountain Research Center
COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)
In partnership with

NORHED - The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development