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Sarah Lister

Sarah Lister

Head of Governance, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Sarah Lister is UNDP’s Head of Governance and oversees policy and programme support to its governance portfolio globally, which includes electoral cycle support, parliamentary development, anti-corruption, legal identity, youth empowerment and disability inclusion. She has more than 25 years’ experience working on democratic governance, including civic engagement, media and communication, social accountability, public administration reform and governance measurement. From 2015-2019 she was the Director of UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre where she led the team bridging research, policy and practice on governance and peacebuilding in transitional contexts, with a particular focus on SDG16. Among other positions, she has also worked for BBC Media Action, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit in Kabul and the Institute of Development Studies, UK. She has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Sarah holds a PhD and MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, and a BA in History from Cambridge University, UK.


Tech for Democracy and Ways to Jointly, Responsibly, and Proactively Take Action

This session will reflect on the multistakeholder Tech for Democracy Conference and prior consultations and explore ways to jointly, responsibly and proactively take action and promote the use of digital technologies for democracy and human rights.