Eight Government Entities to Participate in Training to Enhance Civic Engagement

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Increasing government openness by encouraging citizens and residents to participate with Qatar’s government is one of the key aims of the Qatar’s government.  An e-participation platform is entering its final phases of development and will provide the public with an opportunity to have a dialogue with Qatar’s government – to post discussions, participate in polls, survey and town hall meetings and to comment on content posted by others.

To ensure the most constructive dialogue with the public, eight government entities – the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Supreme Education Council, Ashghal, Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center), Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Supreme Council of Health, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy are participating in training to learn how best to use the platform and communicate with the public.  Three training sessions, covering different topics, will take place between November 8 and December 24, 2015.

The first session focuses on change management and how to take feedback from those moderating discussions on the platform and pass it along to the Minister or department heads.  The training includes senior staff with the responsibility and authority to communicate on behalf of the agency.

The second session is designed to train government staff on how to use the social listening component of the e-participation portal.  And the third session teaches participants how to moderate different aspects of the platform including e-polling, e-consultation, e-town hall, and e-forum.

The e-participation platform will be available to the public in December 2015.

To view the Qatar's e-Participation Policy, click here.