Carmen Melena

Carmen is a specialist in social accountability and participatory governance with more than 25 years experience in civil society and development organizations. She has worked and studied throughout the world, sharing her expertise in citizen participation, civil society and gender. For several years Carmen served as Director of the global Participatory Governance programme of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.  Her experience also includes senior consulting assignments on behalf of the World Bank, the African Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, USAID, The Asia Foundation, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and numerous international NGOs. She obtained her MPhil with Distinction in International Development at the University of Sussex and holds an Advanced B.A with Double Honours from the University of Saskatchewan and l’Université Laval. Carmen is also a graduate (1988) of Coady International Institute.

Selected publications include:

Malena, C. Forthcoming. Improving the Measurement of Civic Space. London: Transparency and Accountability Initiative.

Malena, C. 2014. “Participatory Governance” in Encyclopedia of Action. London: Sage.

Malena C. 2013. Cities for New Generation: Enhancing Social Accountability in Three Mediterranean Cities. Marseille: Center for Mediterranean Integration.

Malena C. and Mary McNeil (eds.) 2010. Demanding Good Governance in Africa. Washington: World Bank.

Malena, C. (ed.) 2009.  From Political Won’t to Political Will: Nurturing Support for Participatory Governance. Sterling: Kumarian Press.

Malena, C. 2009. “Civil Society and Good Governance” in International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer.

Malena, C. with R. Forster and J. Singh. 2004. Social Accountability: An Introduction to the Concept and Emerging Practice, Social Development Papers No. 76.  Washington: World Bank.