Strengthening Social Policy: Lessons on forging government-civil society policy partnerships

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Authors: Jennifer Chandler & Laura Edgar

This book analyses a series of innovative experiences in Southeast Asia and Canada, which succeeded through the joint efforts of government and civil society. It focuses on lessons learned that can help social policy partnerships across the world and includes actual case studies that were developed by experts in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Canada. The publication also explores the meaning of partnership and looks at the challenges and opportunities involved in partnership across the globe. The project was funded by the Canadian International development Agency and managed by the Institute On Governance.

About the author

Laura Edgar

Laura Edgar

Vice President - Board & Organizational Governance

Laura leads the Institute’s work on board and organizational governance, including providing advisory services related to roles, responsibilities and functioning of boards of directors, strategic planning, member engagement and governance assessments.  She also provides tailored learning programs on request. She has a strong professional and academic background in the governance of public purpose organizations, indigenous governance, business management, adult education, and international programming.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Edgar was the Programs Coordinator at the Institute for Leadership Development, where she led several programs for young professionals and young entrepreneurs. Her responsibilities included program management, liaising with Canadian and international partner organizations, and organizing training programs.

Ms. Edgar has completed an M.A. in Economics at the University of Guelph, and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.  In addition, she lived and worked for two years in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa and two years in Japan, and has managed projects in South-East Asia and Lesotho.

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