Panel on Beneficial Ownership & Corporate Transparency
Mar
22
9:00 AM09:00

Panel on Beneficial Ownership & Corporate Transparency

Panel Discussion on Beneficial Ownership and Corporate Transparency

The ACAMS US Capital Chapter is pleased to partner with Global Financial Integrity, the FACT Coalition, and Transparency International for another in our series on beneficial ownership and corporate transparency.

Join us for a morning panel with our experts as they discuss the importance of beneficial ownership transparency as a tool to combat money laundering, crime and corruption, as well as the broader domestic and international contexts. They will provide updates on newly introduced federal legislation that would require U.S. companies to disclose their beneficial owners, and share insights into the political landscape surrounding the prospects for this legislation.  Coffee and muffins will be provided.

Free for ACAMS Chapter Members, $25 for non-members

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How to Adapt to Difficult Contexts: What Development Can Learn from Peacebuilding
Apr
2
12:30 PM12:30

How to Adapt to Difficult Contexts: What Development Can Learn from Peacebuilding

The fields of international development and peacebuilding have operated in silos for decades. Even though development and peacebuilding activities are often implemented by the same organizations in the same places, discussions have often remained separate.

What can development practitioners learn from peacebuilders, who operate in highly unpredictable, often ambiguous contexts?

Susanna Campbell’s research reveals key lessons, specifically about how to implement adaptive management and become more effective learning organizations.

Join for this book talk and interactive discussion centered on Global Governance and Local Peace (Cambridge University Press 2018), in which American University Professor Susanna Campbell shows how a variety of development, peacebuilding, and humanitarian actors are subject to the same performance barrier: they are accountable to global, not local, actors. The lack of local accountability prevents these organizations from learning from the contexts and the people that they aim to change.This reverse accountability may make many organizations designed to fail. How can this be overcome?

Adaptive management can present an important way out. But when and how do organizations really learn and change in complex political and social environments? While adaptive management is becoming increasingly popular in development circles, this research challenges some common assumptions about how to manage adaptively.

In this event, we will discuss the relevance of existing adaptive management frameworks to development and peacebuilding interventions, focusing particularly on the importance of local accountability in enabling responsive and context-driven interventions, and enabling more more learning-centered organizations.

This is part of an ongoing series of events about adaptive learning and “doing development differently” at the Open Gov Hub.

Presenter:

Susanna Campbell

Susanna Campbell is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service. Prof. Campbell’s research and teaching address war-to-peace transitions, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international development and humanitarian aid, global governance, IO and INGO behavior, and the micro-dynamics of civil war and peace. She uses mixed-method research designs and has conducted extensive fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste. She has received numerous grants for her research, including from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Swiss Network for International Studies, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Her first single-authored book, Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. She is currently finishing her second book, Aiding Peace? Donor Behavior in Conflict-Affected Countries, and has published peer-reviewed articles in International Studies Review, Journal of Global Security Studies, Cambridge Review of International Studies, and International Peacekeeping, among other journals. Prof. Campbell has led evaluations of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank and has worked for the Council on Foreign Relations and UNICEF. She received her PhD from Tufts University in 2012 and was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and The Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Discussants:

  • Lauren Keevill, Governance Advisor at PACT International

  • Representative from Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, USAID (invited)

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Scaling Grassroots Impact: Meet IMAGO & 2 Amazing Grassroots Organizations
Mar
20
4:45 PM16:45

Scaling Grassroots Impact: Meet IMAGO & 2 Amazing Grassroots Organizations


Meet the IMAGO Team, which works around the world to help grassroots organizations, social enterprises, and governments scale their impact. IMAGO's work with 15 organizations in 9 countries has helped reach 4 million people. And come be inspired by two amazing organizations working at the grassroots, who believe in making the poor the agents of change within their lives and communities.

This event will include drinks, food, and presentations from two organizations: Ajeec Nisped and Solar Sister. 

Ariel Dloomy (Executive Director) will speak about Ajeec-Nisped, a non-profit dedicated to social change and Arab-Jewish partnership, based in Israel. Founded in 2000, the organization works to promote sustainable development among communities in transition as a foundation for the establishment of prosperous and equal communities living in peace. Topics of the talk include the vision for the future of shared society for Arabs and Jews in Israel, best practices from peace education and community development programs, financing a non-profit through social-enterprises, and co-management model for a bi-communal organization. Ajeec-Nisped is considering expansion to Cameroon and Uganda.   

Neha Misra (Co-Founder and Chief Collaborator) will speak about Solar Sister, an organization that provides women with economic opportunity, training, technology and support to distribute clean energy to underserved communities in Nigeria and Tanzania. Solar Sister provides essential services and training that enable women entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses within their own communities. Solar Sister has reached over 1.4 million people and kick-started over 3,400 clean energy entrepreneurs. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

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Introducing Limitless: Saving Lives through Instant Messaging
Mar
18
12:30 PM12:30

Introducing Limitless: Saving Lives through Instant Messaging

Limitless is a foundation that delivers technology to others for the use of instant messaging as a tool to connect knowledge (doctors, psychologists, lawyers, etc.) with people who require that knowledge. On March 18th we will present two experiences where we use instant messaging for good in this brown bag lunch (BBL) session.

1) Prevention of juvenile suicide and homophobic bullying. With the Itgetsbetter.org" Foundation in Chile, more than 90 psychologists serve children victims of bullying via several chat channels. Today we are preventing 1 suicide a day for children and impacting on the public policies that the government is developing.

2) Legal support for immigrants and refugees. With the NGO Jesuit Migrant Service, a network of volunteer lawyers support migrants and refugees who could be deported. They use instant messaging channels to talk to migrants, lowering costs, geographical barriers and increasing the number of people served.

About the Presenter

Juan Jose Soto is the Former Head of Digital Government of Chile, was Advisor to the Minister of Economy, CFO of Ciudadano Inteligente Foundation and currently is the CEO of Let's Talk, and Director of Limitless Foundation.




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Evidence vs. Storytelling: Which Works Better to Convince Skeptics?
Mar
14
12:30 PM12:30

Evidence vs. Storytelling: Which Works Better to Convince Skeptics?

Celebrate Open Gov Week 2019 by joining for a stimulating panel discussion comparing evidence versus storytelling approaches that discuss the impact of open government reforms, in order to persuade skeptics and recruit new advocates to join the global open government movement.



How can both the use of evidence/data and compelling stories help support policy reforms? Our panelists will discuss these and other questions by highlighting resources like the Open Government Partnership's Skeptics Guide. The audience will also get the first preview of an exciting new partnership between Open Gov Hub, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and the nationally-renowned nonprofit StoryCorps.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP to secure your seat.

Panelists:

- Stephanie Bluma - Chief Comms Officer at OGP

- Munyema Hasan - Manager at OGP (Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and Capacity Building)

- Michael Jarvis - Executive Director at Transparency & Accountability Initiative

- Eric Zimmerman - Director, Hattaway Communications



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Week 2019: Science and Transparency in the Trump Era
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

Week 2019: Science and Transparency in the Trump Era

Join us to network with professionals committed to scientific integrity, free speech, and government transparency. Food and refreshments provided.

Transparency and access to information are essential to a functioning democracy. But science and science professionals have been under relentless assault during the Trump administration, compromising both the public’s right to know and Congress’s duty to conduct effective oversight. Censorship of research, efforts to limit the communication of federal employees and contractors and reprisal against employees who blow the whistle on serious abuses are just some of the tactics that cast a shadow on truth.

This Sunshine Week event will include discussions with journalists and presentations by civil society members that explore the ongoing assaults on science and offer resources to help journalists, public interest organizations, employees, and policymakers promote accountability, protect scientific integrity, and restore public trust in government.

Featured Speakers:

  • Rachel Bergman, Web Integrity Project Director, Sunlight Foundation

  • Liz Borkowski, Managing Director, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

  • Dana Gold, Senior Counsel & Director of Education, Government Accountability Project

  • Michael Halpern, Deputy Director of Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Emily Holden, Environment Reporter, The Guardian

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Addressing Emergencies: Data Governance Lessons From Hurricane María
Mar
11
12:30 PM12:30

Addressing Emergencies: Data Governance Lessons From Hurricane María

The lack of a robust and transparent address infrastructure affected the assessment, emergency preparedness, rescue and reconstruction operations efforts for Puerto Rico during and after Hurricane María. 

Please join us for a conversation on Puerto Rico’s address data governance issues. 

An address infrastructure is an essential public good; the establishment and maintenance of good civic addresses save lives, is critical for public and private services and an important tool for fostering overall social and economic development. 

While the focus of this talk will be about recent experiences in Puerto Rico, over half of the world's population still have problems with addressing infrastructure. Come join us for this lively learning opportunity and discussion. 

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to secure your spot. 



Raúl Ríos-Díaz - ZIPDatum LLC, Address Consultant, Digital Media Creations, Inc.

Mr. Ríos-Díaz has been involved with addressing and postal issues for almost 30 years, specializing in Postal Strategy Consulting and addressing solutions for the Caribbean. Mr. Ríos-Díaz brings expertise in the development of local solutions to handle Puerto Rican-style addresses. He worked on creating the addressing standards used in Puerto Rico and was responsible for data collection efforts in Puerto Rico to create the largest delivery point database available for the island. More recently, his work to validate and geocode address data for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) demonstrated the value of specialized software to handle Puerto Rico addresses. He is the former Address Management System Manager for the US Postal Service (USPS) in charge of PR and the USVI.

Jon Sperling, Ph.D., GISP GIS Specialist 

Dr. Sperling recently retired as a Senior Policy Analyst of Geographic Information and Analysis at HUD’s Office of Policy, Development and Research. Previously, he was a key player in the initial building of the Census TIGER database which helped jumpstart the GIS "revolution” that propelled hundreds of new businesses offering location-based services. He was responsible for overseeing the development of the first “intelligent” digital street map for Puerto Rico and its first inclusion of address information. Jon authored several papers on the census geography and addressing challenges of Puerto Rico for the 1990, 2000 and 2010 Censuses and was directly involved in enabling digital spatial data sharing capabilities and training workshops with local governments as well as efforts to enhance coordinate accuracy and address data quality. Dr. Sperling was part of a small research team that recently received the ACM SIGSPATIAL 10 Year Impact Award in 2018.

The Initiative for Civic Address Systems Assessment in Puerto Rico (iCASA PR) is an organization started after the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico in 2018, committed to help communities overcome the problems of “data invisibility” by evaluating and improving their civic addressing systems based on data-driven quantitative and qualitative assessments.

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International Women's Day Mapathon
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

International Women's Day Mapathon

You are invited to join DC humanitarian organizations to map in celebration of International Women's Day! This event will be part of a global conversation around women, mapping and OSM. Join the wider conversation by tweeting with #WhenWomenMap hashtag on Twitter.

Many organizations are partnering for this year's Mapathon, including the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps, YouthMappers, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Department of State's MapGive, and the USAID GeoCenter. Our speakers include Carrie Stokes, Chief Geographer of USAID, and Dr. Marie Price, President of the American Geographical Society and Interim Chair of the George Washington University Geography Department. 

Who: The event is open to the public and all mapping levels are welcome. Training will be provided for new mappers. If you don't already have one, please create an account on OpenStreetMap.

Where: OpenGovHub, 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005

When: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Schedule for the evening: 

  • 5:30 - First Speaker

  • 5:45 - Roundtable Discussion

  • 6:00 - Second Speaker

  • 6:15 - Mapping Training

What to bring: Please be sure to bring your laptop, charger, mouse (if you have one), and a government-issued photo ID to get into the building. Thanks to Mapbox, pizza will be provided!



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 Fighting Corruption with Modern Tech Tools - a Political Approach
Jan
16
12:30 PM12:30

Fighting Corruption with Modern Tech Tools - a Political Approach

Rampant corruption can destroy public support for democracy. New technologies create opportunities for financial shenanigans on an unprecedented scale, but also provide powerful new tools for transparency, accountability, and grassroots citizen watchdogs. We’ll be hearing from National Democratic Institute and Center for International Private Enterprise.

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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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Mapping to Combat Disease Spread: 3rd Annual Mapathon at Open Gov Hub
Dec
4
5:00 PM17:00

Mapping to Combat Disease Spread: 3rd Annual Mapathon at Open Gov Hub

You are invited to join for our 3rd Annual Mapathon at Open Gov Hub, to learn about how we can collectively improve the delivery of health and other key public services through citizen mapping, feedback and participation.

The Open Geospatial Data Center for Health (OpenDCH) project, supported by PEPFAR, uses mapping to better analyze the most HIV-prone communities in Cote d'Ivoire, and to close gaps in HIV testing and treatment. This Mapathon will support OpenDCH and build upon our previous Mapathons, giving us all the opportunity to make a difference for Annual World AIDS Day (on Dec 1st).

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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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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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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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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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