While most international institutions involve only governments in their formal governance structure, a number of innovative institutions have emerged in recent years that engage multi-stakeholders in their governance processes. Some institutions now have developing country representation as a clear majority; others have civil society and developing countries as equal partners in the organization’s governance alongside donor countries.
On October 30, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings hosted a roundtable with experts and leaders from a number of these innovative institutions. Among the participants were individuals with experience working with the Education for All Fast Track Initiative; the International Labour Organization; the Global Environmental Fund; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation; and the Adaptation Fund. The discussion highlighted the importance of including developing country voices in global governance.