Last Thursday September 14th, we at Global Integrity and the Open Gov Hub were pleased to host Professor Yuen Yuen Ang for an event about her groundbreaking book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap. This was accompanied by a rich panel discussion with commentators Edouard Al-Dahdah from the World Bank and Shanthi Kalathil from the National Endowment for Democracy.
Ang’s book has begun to make waves in our field (see book reviews from Yongmei Zhou, Michael Woolcock, Lant Pritchett, and Duncan Green), and we were excited to convene a discussion to help continue the conversation forward.
On Thursday, September 7th we welcomed Hub members and friends back to work at the start of fall with a celebration showcasing our community, our 2nd Annual Open House. We took a look back at how far we've come as a community and the excited places we're headed together.
After a bit of a summer break, things are back in full swing here at the Open Gov Hub!
We're looking forward to many things this fall, including an impressive lineup of events this season, kicking off this Thursday, September 14th with How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development.
Here are 5 reasons why we are especially looking forward to this week's special book talk and panel event.
As you may have heard, we are piloting our community catalyst program, a new work-trade program to help meet the needs and further activate the potential of our vibrant community, which now includes over 200 people from 40 member organizations.
After receiving applications from many qualified and passionate individuals, we have brought on four catalysts that are already having a big impact in our community.
Let me introduce them to you!
For this month's Know Your Hubber, we wanted to introduce you all to Rebecca, who works at Fair Trials. But besides her work as the Senior Legal and Policy Officer at Fair Trials, Rebecca is a vital component of our Hub Collaboration team. Through brainstorming sessions planning out what collaboration activities would be beneficial for our members to leading the Working Group on working in difficult places, Rebecca has really helped make the Hub community what it is today. So cheers to Rebecca!
The Open Gov Hub is excited to pilot a new work-trade program to help meet the needs and further activate the potential of our vibrant community, which now includes over 200 people from 40 member organizations.
Are you eager to join a community of leading nonprofits and change makers in international development and other fields, working to help make governments more transparent, accountable, and deliver more for their citizens around the world?
Can you commit part-time over the next three months to support our daily operations and community building, solving problems and facilitating relationships and collaborations along the way?
If so, we invite you to apply for our new Community Catalyst Program!
In the heat of a DC summer, the city tends to empty out and event calendars tend to be less crowded. Things were no different here at Open Gov Hub, where many of our international members spend the summer months being out in the field. But we had two stand out events in July that we wanted to share with you all.
Some current challenges to American democracy are unprecedented, and require a collaborative and globally contextualized effort to understand risks and help prevent the erosion of foundational democratic norms and values.
This is why Global Integrity, the Sunlight Foundation and the Open Gov Hub recently convened a small, diverse group of US and international democracy experts to brainstorm how to best help provide relevant international experiences to strengthen the critical efforts of American democracy advocates.
For this month's Know Your Hubber, we want you all to meet Elsa Peraldi, who is the Project Lead for the Africa Integrity Indicators (AII) project of Global Integrity. AII has just wrapped up their data analysis of this year's indicators. If you just want a quick, informative synopsis of their findings, check out these great infographics. The AII team is now beginning to start the next round, so if you know someone who wants to be a research contributor to this exciting project, let them know!
If you're like us, the summer months have sped away quickly! The range of events and activities at Open Gov Hub have continued regardless, with events on foreign aid data, working with open data in closed societies, and a book launch by one of our members.
This month's Know Your Hubber features Jennifer Lentfer, the Director of Communications at Thousand Currents. Thousand Currents recently went through a large rebrand led by Jennifer, so you might know their work as IDEX (International Development Exchange). Not only that, but Jennifer has been busy wrapping up her recently released book called Smart Risks, which is a collection of essays focused on responsive grantmaking in the Global South. Better yet, you can come hear all about the book at a book launch and celebration Open Gov Hub is hosting on June 22nd. Details and RSVP info can be found here.
The Open Gov Hub community in DC and Hive Colab community in Kampala connect on shared open data challenges in a first Virtual Exchange.
May was a flurry of activity at the Hub, with events on citizen power, mapping technology, and the Muslim experience in America. Check out below for what you may have missed with three takeaways from each of our events!
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Given the recent People’s Climate Movement and steps from the administration to roll back action on climate change there is clearly deep concern for the future of our planet.
But programs to prevent climate change are not all that’s at risk. Open access to basic environmental and climate data is now in jeopardy. Previously published, government-generated data on the environment and other public issues may be vulnerable to a politicized backlash against evidence-based policies.
Before considering the implications of disappearing public information, what exactly is open data and why does it matter?
April was jam packed with some amazing, interactive workshops, sprints, and panel discussions. Check out below for what you may have missed!
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With spring comes changes, and Hubber Stacy Whittle knows what that's like. She is starting her new role as Business Development Director at Hub Member Forum One, after working at Free Range, a previous Hub Member organization.
Stacy is all about bringing people together, which is why she makes such an excellent collaboration activity leader here at the Hub. Stacy has been an amazing resource working with a group of Hubbers in our Communications and Branding Guild.
For many open government advocates, the last 100 days have been a challenge.
Here at the OpenGov Hub, many of us have been approached by people asking how the new political environment might affect our work, and in many cases this new climate has reaffirmed our commitment to promoting open governance at home and abroad, and has lent a new sense of urgency to our work.
At OpenGov Hub we have so many different organizations tackling the various pieces of the opengov puzzle that learning about everyone's projects can sometimes be daunting. So once a quarter we host an Ignite Night, where a handful of willing participants can share their latest work.
Last week's Spring Ignite Night and Happy Hour was a rousing success as both our Hub community and others working in this area came together over drinks, snacks, and a love for learning...or rather perhaps a love for watching peers and friends deliver the intense Ignite talks.
Spring is in full swing here in Washington, D.C. This month, we wanted to introduce you to Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of Hub Member's Accountability Lab.
Accountability Lab recently celebrated their 5 Year Anniversary with a big party at the Hub, which also saw the launch of their new strategy for 2017-2020.
In between his flights between Liberia, Nepal, and Washington, D.C. Blair answered a few quick questions about his organization's work, as well as what inspires him to do it.
With 40 organizations collaboratively hosting events, OpenGov Hub is always a hive of activity. In this month's ICYMI post, we'll be sharing some of the key takeaways from all of the March events. Don't want to miss out on one of our next events? Be sure to check out our events calendar or sign up for our newsletter.
Happy March! With the launch of Hub Members Open Data Watch's 2016 Open Data Inventory Report, we thought we'd introduce you to one of the people who made that report happen.
OpenGov Hub is home to over 40 organizations, so there is always a lot of activity happening within our doors. This upcoming week alone we have an event on the Open Data Charter as a Vehicle for Change, a Map Data Visualization presentation, and a weekend of celebrations and panels around Open Data Day.
We want to help you keep track of everything that is going on, so we'll be posting this monthly ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) blog to give you a roundup of some of the happenings at the Hub. Check out January's ICYMI.
Here's what happened in February at the Hub:
We can hardly believe that February is almost over! But before the month closes, we wanted to introduce you to another amazing Hubber who is a part of our community: Abhinav Bahl.
OpenGov Hub is home to over 40 organizations, so there is always a lot of activity happening within our doors. Whether that's a member organized event on open government in the Philippines or an outside group wanting to host a demo on blockchain technology.
We want to help you keep track of everything that is going on, so we'll be posting this monthly ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) blog to give you a roundup of some of the happenings at the Hub.
After spending much of January reflecting, strategizing, and planning for the year ahead, we just had to share with all of you what we’ve been up to. We are that excited about it.
Here are four exciting priorities you can look forward to seeing and participating in from the OpenGov Hub in 2017
On December 16th, 2016, with threats to democratic checks and balances on the rise worldwide, Root Change, Chemonics, Global Integrity, and the International Budget Partnership hosted an event at the OpenGov Hub: Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach.
We aimed to do three things:
Provide an introduction to the conceptual framework underpinning accountability ecosystems;
Introduce the audience to a few examples of how practitioners in different contexts are already engaging with those concepts;
Engage session participants in reflecting on and further exploring the features and implications of an ecosystems approach.
As part of a new monthly series, we will be chatting with various members of OpenGov Hub (or as we like to call them, Hubbers) so that you can get to know some of the amazing people that make up our community.
This month, we'll be chatting with Sarah Orton of Development Gateway.
As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on what we accomplished at the OpenGov Hub this year.
More than 50 people gathered in DC on November 16 to celebrate geography and contribute to OpenStreetMap, a free and openly editable map of the world. This year’s OpenStreetMap GeoWeek main event launched the first open mapping projects designed by U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), specifically focused on program areas surrounding Lake Victoria in Kenya and Tanzania.
The Community Solutions Program (CSP) fellows based in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, with support from OpenGov Hub and IREX organized an event on November 2nd, 2016, aiming to create another bridge for communication between international organizations working in development and their end beneficiaries. CSP fellows are exceptional young civil society leaders working on a variety of social issues in Africa, the Middle East, Central Eastern Europe, South Central Asia, Asia Pacific, and South America. Most of the fellows have partnered with or been end receivers of international development programs.
The event had the participation of over 60 people who engaged in some 'hot topics' like:
- Education and development within emergency/conflict zones
- Open data and media in closed societies
- Empowering women through entrepreneurship
- Challenges and opportunities in local funding
- How to work locally to help the environment
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