Understanding and Operationalizing Accountability Ecoystems

Understanding and Operationalizing Accountability Ecoystems

On December 16th, 2016, with threats to democratic checks and balances on the rise worldwide, Root ChangeChemonicsGlobal Integrity, and the International Budget Partnership hosted an event at the OpenGov HubUnderstanding 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.

Mapping for Humanitarian Good

Mapping for Humanitarian Good

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.

Voices from the Ground or how to work better together in international development

Voices from the Ground or how to work better together in international development

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:

  1. Education and development within emergency/conflict zones
  2. Open data and media in closed societies
  3. Empowering women through entrepreneurship
  4. Challenges and opportunities in local funding
  5. How to work locally to help the environment

Getting Excited to Collaborate at Summer Member Open House

Getting Excited to Collaborate at Summer Member Open House

With the promise of DC's best ice cream (obviously Ice Cream Jubilee) and fun games to build collaboration, the first ever Member Open House was a rousing success. When you have nearly 40 organizations share a physical workspace, it's still easy for all of us to fall into day-to-day routines where we only focus on our immediate organizations and work. Therefore, one of the purposes of this special event was to help our members quickly and easily get to know more about each other's work.

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