openDemocracy reports from the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland from 26-30 January.
The massive Congress Hall is full, people attentive, engaged
and definitely enthusiastic, there is belief in the air…interesting argument
really, a brilliant approach designed by Brown, but Mkapa’s position is clearly
one of governance and accountability…the facility appears to be linked to
moving money through transnational delivery systems like GAVI, these are two
deals not one, but tied at the hip…GAVI is clearly not controlled through any
traditional democratic process…but it has been amazingly successful, so what
does this mean, how do we deal with this…my conversation at the Accenture
dinner (see other blog) about the limits of democracy are suddenly live, immediate,
with a possible massive social and economic innovation on the table that will
walk around national methods of representation that so many have fought to make
real…is this the start of a new phase of global governance, just as AccountAbility
predicted in its early work on partnership accountability…how can GAVI be held
to account when the inspired have moved on, and the lights have been turned
off, and these global partnerships have lost their innovative edge and are more
like the massive global bureaucracies that have dogged our past…or can we see a
light and work on the governance and accountability dimensions of this before
it goes wrong.
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