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Policy Dialogue Forum

The idea of democracy is founded on the persistent belief that citizens can, through effective deliberation, govern themselves. Not only can they, they should. Democracy (from the Greek demos, "people," and kratos, "rule") assumes that ordinary people have the capacity, the means, and the will to participate in the shaping of key decisions that affect their own welfare. They do this through both elected representation in formal bodies, and participation and effective deliberation in informal decision-making mechanisms that influence formal processes.

Policy Dialogues

Policy dialogues are a key mechanism for holding deliberations and consultations with the stakeholders and experts in a democratic system. They are carefully constructed, deliberative meetings that seek to exchange information and build consensus recommendations between the public, private, and civic sectors through leaders who are in a position to forge alliances, make decisions, or strongly influence the trajectory of a possible solution to a challenging issue. Policy dialogues share the common aim that discussion and careful consideration should contribute to a well-informed policy decision, but they may vary widely in terms of how they are intended to feed into the policy development process.

Policy dialogues may be organised entirely by public policymakers to feed formally into a decision. Or they could be initiated in an entirely different way, primarily by people without decision-making authority and be one of many inputs feeding into the development of a policy.

The Taj Colloquium Policy Dialogue Forum

Taj Colloquium Policy Dialogue Forum serves as a platform for dialogue with policy makers.

Objectives of the Forum

Following are the main objectives of the Forum:

  • Serve as a bridge between the work of the Colloquium and the policy makers;
  • To engage with the policy makers and channelize expectations of the Colloquium and policy makers to one another;
  • Serve as a platform for dialogue with policy makers and convening forum in respect of areas of work of the Colloquium;
  • Contribute to the development of the policy in cultural space;
  • Bring diverse interest groups to the table and focus on a regulatory, policy, or planning issue that is of common interest;
  • Have a life cycle with a beginning, middle, and end, and seek to formulate practical solutions to complex problems.

The objectives of the Forum may be expanded by the Planning Board of the Colloquium, in consultation with the Advisory Board.

Steering Committee

The Forum is managed by a Steering Committee. Following is the composition and term of the Steering Committee:

  • The Steering Group will have a maximum of five (5) members, including the chairperson.
  • One member of the Steering Committee will be co-opted from Uttar Pradesh. Other members will be drawn from other parts of the country.
  • The Chair of the Steering Committee is ex-officio Special Invitee Member of the Advisory Board of the Colloquium.
  • The Planning Committee, in consultation with the Chairperson of the Steering Committee, will appoint the members of the Steering Committee.
  • The term of the Steering Committee will be two (2) years.
  • The Steering Committee will be responsible for planning the agenda and meetings of the Forum.
Project Steering Committee
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