Engaging with Differences: Challenges in Government Communication with Diverse Communities in the UK

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The Central Office of Information (COI) is an agency of the UK cabinet office advising government departments on communication and engagement with citizens. Established in 1946, it is one of the oldest and best established social engagement units in the world. The Diversity Unit within the COI will engage with delegates around the various cahllenges faced by the UK government in engaging with sections of the UK citizens who have diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. This workshop will be based on learnings gathered from various areas of public policy in the UK. the key themes will be around Health, Immigration, Education and Criminal Justice. This workshop will be useful for participants who are interested in the application of theory into public policy practice.


Keywords: Engagement, Practice
Stream: Immigration, Refugees
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: , Engaging with Differences


Noah S. Roy-Chowdhury

Head of Diversity Consultancy, Central Office of Information, Strategic Consultancy Unit
London, UK

Noah has spent a majority of his working life within the WPP group of companies. These companies include Goldfarb Consultants, J Walter Thompson and The Henley Centre. His experiences with WPP group were spread across assignments in 9 countries and included a mix of marketing consultancy, advertising planning and market research projects. His clients included Shell, Ford Motor Company, Government of India, and Regional governments of Delhi and Regional Government of Haryana. At COI Noah has advised The Home Office, FCO, DFID, MOD, DOH and DfES on a range of issues and audiences (including the socially excluded). He has also advised Local Authorites and Regional Governments with the UK. He has advised government is Africa around issues of governance. Noah has a BA in sociology and an MBA with a specialisation in marketing. Noah is an alumnus of the London Business School.

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