How to Avoid Death by Working Groups: Workshop on Modeling Effective Peer Learning
Nov
28
11:30 AM11:30

How to Avoid Death by Working Groups: Workshop on Modeling Effective Peer Learning

Are you tired of attending boring panel discussions, power point presentations, and engaging in many working groups with the hope of learning something from your peers but in the end getting very little out of it? Working groups, although beneficial, are only worth it if done right.  Come and learn how to facilitate effective peer learning by watching and hearing from Wayan Vota, the architect of TechSalon (and former Open Gov Hubber) who has flipped the idea of working groups on its head by introducing a unique technique and model for facilitating effective peer learning.

This is the fourth in the Storytelling for Social Impact workshop series for members. 

Come hungry: we'll be serving up waffles! RSVP now, as spots are limited to 30. Non hub members can request to attend anyone of these workshops by emailing yeukai.mukorombindo@globalintegrity.org

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Building Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to Catalyze Governance Innovations
Nov
29
12:30 PM12:30

Building Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to Catalyze Governance Innovations

Led by new Hub member Blake Ratner of Collaborating for Resilience, join us for this BBL. Launching governance innovations and making them stick requires creativity, persistence, and a robust model for thinking about how multi-stakeholder dynamics work, how to navigate conflict, and how to catalyze collective action. Come for an introduction to principles for building effective multi-stakeholder dialogue, and share the challenges you or your organization face. Suitable for practitioners working on any dimension of civil society engagement, public policy, and governance reform.

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[Defending Democracy Series] Campaign Finance Reform & Pledges to Limit the Influence of Money in Politics
Dec
3
5:30 PM17:30

[Defending Democracy Series] Campaign Finance Reform & Pledges to Limit the Influence of Money in Politics

Join for the latest installment in our ongoing Democracy Dialogues series. What have successful efforts looked like to curb the influence of money in politics and institute effective campaign finance reforms, both in the US and around the world? Specifically, how have citizen efforts helped ensure that certain candidates commit to be transparent about where their money comes from and/or encouraged them to implement other anti-corruption related reforms once in office?
Join Open Gov Hub, Sunlight Foundation, Transparency International, and Global Integrity in this global panel looking at trends in this issue and suggestions for the American context.

Refreshments will be served.

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Understanding and Measuring Data Use: Report Launch and Panel Discussion
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Understanding and Measuring Data Use: Report Launch and Panel Discussion

To close the gap between the production of official statistics and their dissemination and use, development partners and funders need a better understanding of the barriers that national statistical offices (NSO) face. To assist the modernization of statistical systems, it is equally important to analyze usage statistics from national data portals and NSO websites.

Open Data Watch, AidData, and PARIS21 have collaborated to address these needs in an exciting two-part research study, with financial support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Join us December 6th for an engaging discussion about the report’s findings and implications for the future of official statistics for sustainable development. We’ll hear reactions from leaders that fund, produce, promote, and use official statistics in their work.

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How to Go Viral Online: A Workshop on the Secrets to Blogging and Using Social Media Effectively
Nov
15
4:30 PM16:30

How to Go Viral Online: A Workshop on the Secrets to Blogging and Using Social Media Effectively

Do you blog regularly or use social media to boost your impact? Do you want to know how to write content that grabs people’s attention (is clicky) and then keeps it (is sticky)? Then this workshop is for you!

Participants will receive training from Dr. Jospeh Romm, author of How to Go Viral & Reach Millions. In 2006, Romm founded Climateprogress.org, which was named one of the “Best Blogs of 2010” by Time magazine.

Romm will explain 5 practical steps to sharply boost your readership and online presence. Please bring a copy of a blog or social media post you are working on and/or an idea for a headline of such a post.

This is the third in a series of Member-Only Workshops at the Open Gov Hub titled Educating and Storytelling for Impact. Non-hub members can request to attend any one of these workshops by emailingyeukai.mukorombindo@globalintegrity.org

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Beauty of Taxation
Nov
7
12:30 PM12:30

Beauty of Taxation

This discussion will share the success story of sustainable development through participatory tax governance in one of the provinces in Pakistan. At its core, it's about women's empowerment through educating beauty salon entrepreneurs, which resulted in boosting tax revenues. Though this project, the registered taxpayers increased by 137% and the tax revenues increased by 330% post the awareness workshops.

We'll be asking:

How social media can be helpful in effective good governance? What are the effective ways in which good governance can be injected into government departments?

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Election Integrity in the Digital Age: Election Cybersecurity Challenges in the US and Elsewhere
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

Election Integrity in the Digital Age: Election Cybersecurity Challenges in the US and Elsewhere

While aspects of the Russia investigation are ongoing, it is now well known and agreed upon by the US intelligence community that overseas hackers succeeded in accessing critical data to influence the 2016 US presidential elections. This has raised serious and unprecedented concerns for American national security and democracy.

What are the new cybersecurity threats to the integrity of elections (in the US and around the world), posed by the digital age?

In light of the imminent midterm elections, this panel will bring together a wide range of deep expertise across sectors to investigate this critical question.

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[Hub Hosted Event] Strengthening Public Accountability: Lessons from Practice
Oct
26
9:30 AM09:30

[Hub Hosted Event] Strengthening Public Accountability: Lessons from Practice

This is an event hosted at Open Gov Hub by some of our members and network.

You are invited to join Chemonics, the International Budget Partnership, and Root Change for a panel event on innovations in strengthening accountability, including insights from the USAID/Nigeria Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project.

Are public actors accountable for delivering inclusive and equitable public services and rights? Is this possible within complex systems of actors, institutions, and other factors? Today, programs such as USAID's Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) in Nigeria are increasingly turning to accountability ecosystems to inform democracy and governance interventions. Innovative ideas and practice have evolved the thinking, yet there are still only a handful of program examples on which much of this understanding rests. In other words, while the theory behind the new consensus in development is sound, we still need to test these innovations in the field and learn from the results. Furthermore, these new insights have brought about important shifts in context, as many countries see economic growth alongside continuing corruption and increased restrictions on civic activism and engagement. In these contexts, the question that arises is what are the most effective ways to contribute to positive change public accountability in challenging circumstances?

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Engaging Everyday Citizens in Open Government: Stories from the Ground in Monrovia, Liberia
Oct
24
12:30 PM12:30

Engaging Everyday Citizens in Open Government: Stories from the Ground in Monrovia, Liberia

Despite many advances the global movement to promote transparent governments and fight corruption has made in recent years, it seems that still too often, the issue of open government remains a niche realm limited to experts and technocrats.

How can open government advocates better explain what opengov is and why it matters to everyday citizens, and link this issue to their daily concerns?

Luther Jeke, head of the iCampus - Liberia's first innovation hub - will be visiting DC and sharing what his community is learning about how to encourage citizen participation and accountability, even in the midst of great challenges to basic education, health and economic development.

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How a Corrupt $3.2 Billion International Arms Scandal was Uncovered
Oct
18
12:30 PM12:30

How a Corrupt $3.2 Billion International Arms Scandal was Uncovered

What does it take to uncover an international corruption scandal?

Hear from Ivan Angelovski, an investigative journalist from the Balkans and current Open Gov Hub Community Catalyst, who will tell how he was part of a team that uncovered a $3.2 billion arms trade corruption story, which involved actors in the US, Central Europe and the Middle East.

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How Can Bottom-Up Approaches Break through Bureaucracy?
Oct
11
12:30 PM12:30

How Can Bottom-Up Approaches Break through Bureaucracy?

Book Talk & Discussion

How can advocates of participatory, inclusive development break through bureaucratic hurdles and implement meaningful reforms at scale that translate into improve quality of life for citizens?

How exactly do politics and governance issues affect the quality of basic service delivery?

And ​what can a politically-sensitive systems approach to governance reform look like in local and sector-level applications? 

Join us for reflections on these integral questions for international development practitioners from Brian Levy, during this lunchtime book talk and discussion.

Lunch provided.

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Innovations for Addressing Corruption in Bulgaria and Jordan
Oct
10
12:30 PM12:30

Innovations for Addressing Corruption in Bulgaria and Jordan

Viktoria Dimitrova and Eyad Mahadeen have both joined the Partnership for Transparency this fall as fellows. They are both working on designing projects addressing corruption which they will implement upon their return to Bulgaria and Jordan respectively.

Eyad will present on the idea of using an awareness campaign to fight Corruption in Jordan. Viktoria will present on the challenges the Bulgarian higher educational system faces today including fraud and corruption in universities.

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The Leadership Partnership: How Boards and Executives Lead Together
Sep
13
12:30 PM12:30

The Leadership Partnership: How Boards and Executives Lead Together

Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation with Anne Wallestad, President & CEO of BoardSource. Drawing from BoardSource’s signature study, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, she will share insights on trends, strengths and challenges that boards and executives are facing. Through an interactive conversation, she will discuss how – as executives – you can make high-value investments in your partnership with your board, and why it matters.

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V-Dem: The World's Largest Dataset on Democracy Offers New Insights for Open Government
Sep
5
12:30 PM12:30

V-Dem: The World's Largest Dataset on Democracy Offers New Insights for Open Government

The global trend of autocratization – the gradual or sudden demise of democratic regime traits – provides new challenges to the work of international actors such as the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Capitalizing the world’s largest dataset on democracy, the research of the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) can help OGP staff and partners and other advocates of open government to understand the current processes of backsliding and closing space better.

In this seminar, the Deputy Director of the V-Dem Institute, Anna Lührmann, who will be visiting DC from Sweden, will present the V-Dem dataset and lead a discussion.

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How Can You Measure Organizational Effectiveness? Linking Capacity Building with Performance
Jul
31
12:30 PM12:30

How Can You Measure Organizational Effectiveness? Linking Capacity Building with Performance

A challenge capacity building programs have longed faced is the lack of leading indicators for capacity building. In other words, the field has not been able to directly predict how or, even if, organizational and technical capacity development leads to improved performance or results.

The Cooperative Capacity Framework solves this problem. The framework consists of five, measurable organizational states that correlate to performance. Our experience with the framework tells us that as organizations move up to a higher state, their performance, by any stakeholder indicator, at least doubles. 

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Transparency Tools for Immigration Justice Activists
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Transparency Tools for Immigration Justice Activists

Whistleblower Workshop Series (see other events in the series here).

This training workshop will offer insights to immigration justice activists on how to safely and effectively maximize the potential of two important tools for transparency: whistleblowers and FOIA.

In a political climate hostile to not only immigrant communities and human rights but truth and open government, whistleblowers inside immigration enforcement agencies or their contractors are essential to protecting the most vulnerable and demanding government accountability.

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Transparency Tools for Public Interest Activists
Jul
17
3:00 PM15:00

Transparency Tools for Public Interest Activists

Whistleblower Workshop Series (see other events in the series here).

Information about government or corporate abuses or dangerous practices can catalyze accountability and reform on issues of critical importance to public interest activists. This training workshop will offer insights to public interest activists on how to work with the rights and vulnerabilities of employee sources while offering tactics to help leverage their information, including using FOIA, while minimizing their risk. 

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Islands of Integrity: Anti-Corruption Research To Guide The Way
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Islands of Integrity: Anti-Corruption Research To Guide The Way

Corruption researchers tend to focus a lot of attention on why systemically corrupt countries fail to improve and why anticorruption efforts often fall flat. As such, the field has had a difficult time identifying and explaining how positive change happens in order to inspire new and more effective anti-corruption interventions.

Recent research by Heather Marquette and Caryn Peiffer focuses on the opposite: potential success stories in anti-corruption. Using a novel three-step methodology developed to identify previously hidden ‘positive outliers’, they look at sectors within a country that have successfully reduced bribery against the odds in otherwise systemically corrupt countries. Having identified up to 18 potential cases, they drill down in two ‘positive outlier’ cases - Uganda’s health sector and South Africa’s police - to uncover the political processes and policies that have been responsible for bribery reduction in each case. In doing so, they draw out lessons about how positive changes happened and what can be learned for more successful anti-corruption interventions.

However, their success cases also highlight some important tensions that raise red flags for future interventions, and they look at important lessons from these as well.

We look forward to welcoming Heather Marquette to present the findings and to discuss the potential implications for anti-corruption policy and practice together with Francesca Recanatini from the World Bank.

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Introducing Petronia: a Launch & Discussion on Gaming for Good Governance
Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Introducing Petronia: a Launch & Discussion on Gaming for Good Governance

We at the Natural Resource Governance Institute are excited to announce the June launch of Petronia, the first online simulation game of natural resource governance. The launch will be followed by an interactive discussion with leading academics in the field, game designers, and practitioners from the anticorruption and transparency movement. Join us for as we explore the lessons learned and exciting future directions in gaming for good governance! 

Refreshments and reception to follow the discussion.

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When Heads of State are Embroiled in Cases of Serious Crime and Corruption: International Perspectives
Jun
12
4:30 PM16:30

When Heads of State are Embroiled in Cases of Serious Crime and Corruption: International Perspectives

U.S. politics are under increasing strain as multiple investigations of President Trump and his presidential campaign, business associates, and top officials progress. The investigations raise tough questions about foreign involvement in U.S. elections, illicit payments, campaign finance violations, and obstruction of justice.

What can US civil society learn from similar cases around the world? What can democracy defenders do to anticipate the consequences of cases that roil the sense of stability and democracy? How well are our democratic institutions and norms working from a comparative perspective? What should civil society do and anticipate to ensure and protect those norms and institutions in light of lessons learned from around the world?

We invite you to a conversation on June 12 about what happens to a country’s democracy when the head of state is embroiled in investigations into serious crimes and corruption.

Refreshments provided.

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Navigation by Judgment: A Discussion with Dr. Daniel Honig
Jun
12
12:30 PM12:30

Navigation by Judgment: A Discussion with Dr. Daniel Honig

Dan argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid. Drawing on a novel database of over 14,000 discrete development projects across nine aid agencies and eight paired case studies of development projects, he argues that aid agencies will often benefit from giving field agents the authority to use their own judgments to guide aid delivery. This “navigation by judgment” is particularly valuable when environments are unpredictable and when accomplishing an aid program’s goals is hard to accurately measure.

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What are Your Rights in the Digital Age? A RightsCon Debrief
May
31
12:30 PM12:30

What are Your Rights in the Digital Age? A RightsCon Debrief

Every year RightsCon brings together activists, technologists, policy makers, and business and government representatives to talk about the current state of human rights in the digital age.

Members from the Open Gov Hub community attended this year's RightsCon in Toronto on May 16-18, and we want to share all that we learned (or didn't learn) with you during this brownbag lecture.

Dhanaraj Thakur (Web Foundation), Kristi Arbogast (Open Gov Hub), and Ulrich Mans (Political & Legal Advisor on Human Rights and UN Affairs) will be presenting, so come eager to learn and ask questions about:

  • disinformation

  • algorithmic accountability

  • discussions between the AI ethics, open data, and privacy communities

  • data privacy

  • human rights defender technology

  • the digital divide and gender gap

  • artificial intelligence in low and middle income countries

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Increase Your Impact through Use of GIS
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

Increase Your Impact through Use of GIS

Join us to learn how practical applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can change the way your organization sees, measures and interacts with the world. NGOs and International Organizations to support core business activities including fundraising and business development, advocacy and communications, program management and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation to name a few.

  • GIS helps organizations to advance their vision and achieve their mission faster by expanding their understanding, reach and impact.

  • GIS has the power to change how we think and how we act, it is transformational! It integrates geographic science into everything we measure, analyze, predict, plan, and execute.

Please join us to find out how to get started or how to advance your existing GIS platform. There will be food, drinks, and breakout sessions to learn more.

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Integrity Idol Screening: South Africa Finalists
May
16
12:30 PM12:30

Integrity Idol Screening: South Africa Finalists

Integrity Idol is an innovative global campaign run by citizens in search of honest public servants.

Integrity Idol began in Nepal in 2014, spread to Liberia in 2015 and has now evolved into a global campaign that is currently in 6 countries and has been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.

Over the last year, Accountability Lab ran the first ever Integrity Idol Campaign in South Africa. After nominations were received from all of the country and nominees were thoroughly vetted, we are now in the final stage of the campaign where citizens get to vote for their favorite honest public official from 5 finalists.

There is no better way to get a feel for Integrity Idol than by viewing it firsthand, so bring your lunch and join us for a casual screening of 5 short films (about 5 min each) highlighting the work of the current Integrity Idol South Africa finalists. 


Cheri-Leigh Erasmus serves at the Accountability Lab's Programs and Learning Manager and will facilitate this event. She's a spent a decade in the higher education and nonprofit management arenas in South Africa and the US. The Accountability Lab supports change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities, unleashing positive social and economic change.

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When and Why Development Fails, and The Road to Building State Capability
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

When and Why Development Fails, and The Road to Building State Capability

Why do so many governments struggle with delivering the most basic, needed services to their people? And how can development practitioners better support the building of state institutions that can better do so?

The Open Gov Hub is pleased to host a book talk on Building State Capability with co-author Michael Woolcock of the World Bank and Harvard Kennedy School, and a panel discussion with diverse perspectives to address these questions.

This book articulates and addresses underlying problems at the very heart of the work of international development (getting at “what is truly the essence of the development problem,” in the words of Francis Fukuyama’s review of the book). It then presents problem driven iterative adaptation (PDIA) as an effective approach to address this field’s essential (even existential) challenge.

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How You Can Improve Your Digital Presence
May
10
12:30 PM12:30

How You Can Improve Your Digital Presence

Open Gov Hub is pleased to announce a free website workshop designed to give attendees hands-on, expert advice to simplify, clarify, and boost website engagement and online conversion rates.

Erick Pfleiderer, Creative and User Experience (UX) Director at Taoti Creative, will be visiting Open Gov Hub, May 10, at 12pm in the Amenities Lounge. He’ll offer best practices for UX and effective research methods to equip you with tools you need to understand your users’ thinking and behavior – and lead them to take the actions you want. You’ll gain insight into what works and what doesn’t work. You’ll learn what steps you can take to make your website a more effective information and communications resource that people visit again and again.

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The Africa Integrity Indicators: Online Q&A Session
May
9
8:30 AM08:30

The Africa Integrity Indicators: Online Q&A Session

This is an event hosted by Hub Member Global Integrity during OpenGov Week.

Following the release of preliminary research data for the sixth round of its Africa Integrity Indicators (AII), Global Integrity is pleased to invite you to an online live Q&A session to take place on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 from 12:30-13:30 GMT (08:30-09:30 ET) during OpenGov Week.

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Planning for Retirement: Lessons & Tips for the Non-Profit Sector BBL
May
2
12:30 PM12:30

Planning for Retirement: Lessons & Tips for the Non-Profit Sector BBL

Please join us for the second installment of our free workshop with District Capital Management's Alvin Carlos.

In this session, participants will learn the following things in regards to working in the non-profit sector:

1) Main types of investments in our 401(k)/ 403(b), and pros/cons of each.
2) Impact of 401(k) fund fees.
3) Benefits of a Roth IRA.
4) How to do basic retirement planning projections.

No need to have attended the first session to attend this session.

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Better Understand Your Data & Visualize It with Insights for ArcGIS BBL
Apr
26
12:30 PM12:30

Better Understand Your Data & Visualize It with Insights for ArcGIS BBL

During this workshop attendees will learn about Insights for ArcGIS, a web based platform that offers a data analytics workbench where users can explore spatial and non-spatial data, answer questions users didn't know to ask, and quickly deliver powerful results. It is a fusion of geographic visualization and data analysis that creates a new workflow for doing iterative spatial analysis and knowledge discovery. This session will show how Insights unlocks the power of data with a modernized user experience.

This session will address these and other questions: How can I visualize my data better? How I can integrate my data with data from other sources? How can I save the workflow and create different scenarios?

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Fourth Sector Development: Scaling Private Enterprise for Public Good
Apr
24
12:30 PM12:30

Fourth Sector Development: Scaling Private Enterprise for Public Good

Many of the social, environmental, and economic challenges we face are downstream consequences of outmoded economic systems and organisational models whose roots date back to the industrial age. The scale, urgency, and complexity of these challenges demand a fundamental upgrade to business-as-usual.

Over the past few decades we have seen many for-profit companies broadening their purpose to pursue social and environmental aims, while many nonprofits and governmental organizations have adopted market-based approaches to advance their goals. At the same time, a rapidly growing movement of “for-benefit” enterprises around the world have been leveraging the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. These pioneering for-benefits are challenging the traditional boundaries that separate the public, private, and social sectors, giving rise to a new, fourth sector of the economy. 

Join us with the CEO of Fourth Sector Group, Heerad Sabeti, and Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, Alan J. Abramson, to hear more.

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Open Contracting in Land: Finding a Way Forward BBL
Apr
23
12:30 PM12:30

Open Contracting in Land: Finding a Way Forward BBL

While transparency around land transactions has been clearly established as a best practice for responsible investment, land transparency is rare, and lags far behind transparency in the extractive industries. This brownbag lunch will explore how to advance land transparency, focusing in particular on ways to design initiatives or interventions that support project-affected people. After a brief set of remarks from discussants, and a short overview of the experiences of OpenLandContracts.org--the world's first repository of publicly available investor-state land contracts--participants will engage in a lively discussion and brainstorming session.

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The Panama Papers - Two Years Later
Apr
19
4:30 PM16:30

The Panama Papers - Two Years Later

Will the U.S. Finally Tackle the Anonymous Shell Companies?

Anonymous shell companies make it extremely easy for corrupt and criminal actors both here and around the world, not to mention tax evaders, to hide and launder illicit wealth. From the Panama Papers to the Magnitsky scandal, the world is hearing more and more about this problem. As April marks the two-year anniversary of the release of the Panama Papers, it is important to reflect on what progress has been made to date in the United States to tackle anonymous ownership.

The event will include the launch of a new report by Transparency International, “G20 Leaders or Laggards”, which reviews G20 promises on tackling anonymous companies and will shed light on the status of beneficial ownership transparency in the United States compared to other jurisdictions.

The forum will bring together three speakers who will speak to why tackling anonymous companies is one of the key anti-corruption (and pro-democracy) challenges of our time, the limited progress made to-date in tackling the problem, and the outlook for potential reforms over the next several months.

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