The Human Development Network, with the participation of the Republiko, an advocacy campaign supported by the United Nations Development Program to develop and lobby for a policy agenda that would inclusive development in the country, organized a roundtable discussion on decentralization, democracy and development last February 15, 2016, at the Mercedes Concepcion Seminar Room, Philippine Social Sciences Center, Diliman, Quezon City.

The roundtable discussion was held in order to reflect on country experience of democracy and development, highlighted by the gains since the EDSA revolution and the enactment of the Local Government Code, as they affect the quality of both local and central governance and the level and pace of human development. Participants included key personalities from the academe, advocates/development practitioners, national government officials, associations of local government units, independent scholars, and civil society.