A group of specially selected delegates from across India and other countries have spent the past 10 days interacting with British politicians, scholars, civil servants and social entrepreneurs, with the aim of helping to shape future policy making and governance innovation in India.
The annual World Governance Expedition is a two-week learning program focused on public policy and governance. It’s organised by Vision India Foundation, a not-for-profit initiative established in 2014 by faculty members and alumni of various academic institutions in India.
This year’s event began in London on September 10 and has seen delegates meet a wide variety of individuals involved in public policy, with a view to understanding how large scale governance is managed in Britain. The objective is for the group to take their findings back to help support innovation across India.
The High Commission of India hosted the World Governance Expedition delegates at India House in London last Tuesday. High Commissioner Mr Y K Sinha gave an overview of India-UK relations and encouraged the group to use their time in Britain to explore potential complementarities between the two countries in Government of India’s flagship developmental initiatives. Mr A S Rajan, minister of co-ordination at the High Commission, also took the opportunity to speak to the delegation about the Mission’s initiatives in actively engaging with the 1.5 million-strong Indian community in the UK.
Delegates have also met Alok Sharma, the UK government minister for housing and planning, visited parliament for a session covering Britain’s law making processes, and held a discussion with representatives of leading policy think tanks Chatham House and the Institute for Government.
Other locations visited as part of the World Governance Expedition 2017 have included the British Museum, the Government Operational Research Service and the University of Oxford.
The 2017 expedition is due to end on September 20.