Sometimes the very thing you need is right under your nose, or so the saying goes. And in a coworking community like the Open Gov Hub, there have been numerous cases where Hub organizations have achieved objectives or resolved long-standing problems through cross-collaboration with members from other teams. The shared values that bring members to the Hub have become a critical part of organizations’ progress and productivity, facilitating the transmission of valuable skills and knowledge.
On June 25, Chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration Mrs. Monika Kryemadhi and her colleagues visited the Open Gov Hub in Washington, D.C.
The Hub hosted Chairwoman Kryemadhi to learn about her priorities and challenges and discuss how she can help advance open government issues in Albania through collaboration with international NGOs.
We’re excited to introduce our brand new Guide to Great Events - featuring the Great Events Pledge, Toolkit of Event Types, and more!
By Kristi Arbogast, Communications and Operations Associate at Open Gov Hub
Have you missed out on some of our key events the past few months? Here's our takeaways from each and every event we've held, from talks on corruption, website development, and digital rights. Dig in, learn something new, and let us know what you think!
The Open Gov Hub convened leading experts to discuss why so many governments struggle to deliver basic services to their people, and how international development practitioners can better support the building of governments’ capacities, in light of the recent book Building State Capability.
Are you eager to join a community of leading nonprofits and change makers in international development and social impact, working to help make governments more transparent, accountable, and deliver more for their citizens around the world?
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Open Gov Hub piloted this study visit for representatives from local municipalities across Albania to learn how to make their government more open, accountable, and responsive to their citizens. The goals of this program were to facilitate peer learning between the mayors, DC area municipalities, and global leaders in the opengov field. The Albanian Mayors also took part in an Introduction to Open Government training curriculum that the Open Gov hub is developing.
Reposted from CitizenVox.org and written by Shanna Devine of Public Citizen.
This year’s Sunshine Week and its “Right to Know” mantra may take on a new significance for the federal workforce. Whistleblowers, the eyes and ears to abuses of power that betray the public trust, have a right and need to know how to safely report illegal behavior on the part of the government. In a climate in which the truth is increasingly difficult to discern amid obfuscation of the facts and unparalleled censorship, government employees are uniquely positioned to shed light on what takes place behind the Trump administration’s closed doors. In the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, sunlight is the best disinfectant.
On February 28, the Open Gov Hub organize a special panel event entitled, How Can Supreme Audit Institutions Help Curtail Corruption? The purpose was to compare and learn about how different Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) - the highest government oversight bodies - and other independent oversight institutions play a key role in combating various forms of corruption in different countries.
2017 saw our Open Gov Hub community grow, explore, learn, and create together like never before. We want to share a few impact stories, strategies, and learnings over the past year with you - and a peek into what’s to come in 2018 - to help further catalyze our collective social impact and the global opengov movement.
In the past few months, we've welcomed a handful of exciting new organizations that are doing compelling work within accountability, transparency, and citizen participation. We wanted to introduce them to you here. Say hello to Transparency International, Publish What You Pay - US, Cerberus Consulting, Center Africa TV, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and Ushahidi.
We started out the year with a handful of events ranging from Internet freedom issues to the rise of populism around the world in the latest installment of our Defending Democracy event series.
Read on below to hear some of the key takeaways from all of our January events.
The second installment in the “Democracy Dialogues” series presented by the Open Gov Hub, Global Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, and Transparency International.
Several countries throughout Europe - as well as the United States - have witnessed a recent surge of populist movements. At the same time, these populist sentiments are sometimes harnessed and manipulated by politicians to consolidate their own personal wealth and power, and in doing so serve to further corruption (defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain).
How is it that leaders are able to assume power or entrench their own wealth and power on the backs of broad-based popular sentiments from the masses, who are often poorer and facing depressed economic circumstances? In other words, how are fears of the other stoked to win popular support by candidates whose policies in fact may counter the economic self-interest of struggling citizens?
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Short takeaways from our key events in October, November, and December.
Democracy Defenders in Dialogue: Sharing Lessons from Investigative Journalism and Anti-Corruption Advocacy Partnerships Around the World
What might American democracy defenders learn from actors in other countries who have leveraged investigative journalism techniques and advocacy to combat grand corruption?
The Open Gov Hub, Global Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, and Transparency International are pleased to present this launch event for the new Defending Democracy: Lessons from Around the World program. Join us to learn from powerful efforts to uncover and counter the international linkages between corruption and kleptocracy across boundaries/ borders, as we hear from visiting civil society leaders from Russia and Tunisia and leaders from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which was heavily involved in the recent Paradise Papers leak.
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More than 70 people gathered in DC on November 30 in the observance of World AIDS day to celebrate over 30 years of progress against HIV/AIDS. By the end of the evening over 1,500 data points were mapped throughout rural areas of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Côte d'Ivoire that have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
On November 14, we convened Hub members and friends to discuss the recent report by Results for Development, Priceless? A New Way to Estimate the Cost of Opening Government. The presentation and ensuing rich discussion reflected on the state of the open government. It captured some of the key fault lines of debate and agreement/disagreement about the accomplishments and needs of this still relatively nascent field.
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 collaborations along the way?
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We seek to hire a communications firm or consultant to offer strategic branding guidance and support a brand “refresh” as we continue to grow and evolve, broadening our membership community and deepening our collective impact.
In a continuation of our Global Hubs Virtual Exchange Series, on September 28, the OpenGov Hub in DC hosted its first Virtual Exchange with the iCampus (http://icampus.io/), Liberia’s first inter-disciplinary and collaborative community that incorporates cutting-edge technologies, accountability, open governance, and social enterprise to encourage positive change in Liberia. iCampus is also the OpenGov Hub affiliate in Liberia.
September was a busy month here at the Hub, filled with our Annual Open House, a talk about China escaping the poverty trap, and takeaways from a conference on populist plutocrats. Read on for more in-depth takeaways from these events and more.
American democratic values and norms are facing unprecedented threats. In response, Global Integrity, the Open Gov Hub and the Sunlight Foundation (with support from the Omidyar Network) are launching a new program, in collaboration with Transparency International - Defending Democracy: Lessons from Around the World.
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!
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