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

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005 USA (map)

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.

Conversations happening in DC on this topic look differently from those in Liberia. Learn about how iCampus is trying to serve a learning hub that contextualizes its best practices and concepts and translate them to broad everyday audiences

Luther will particularly focus on how partnerships between civil society and artistic communities have helped spread the message of citizen empowerment and anti-corruption to reach and impact broad audiences of Liberians, and will extrapolate lessons that can be applied to other countries.

Luther is the current Manager of iCampus - Liberia's first shared innovation, co-working and community space for organizations and individuals focusing on the intersection of technology, accountability, open and social change in Liberia. He has eight years of experience in the Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) sector. Luther is an alumnus of the Atlas Corps’ US State Department President Obama Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) in Washington, DC. Luther earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with emphasis on Economics and has several professional certifications and diplomas in Organizational and Project Management, Information Technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Over the years, Luther has worked and consulted for entities in the USA and West Africa. These included Creative Associates Int’l in Washington, DC, iLab Liberia, Ushahidi Liberia, Starz Institute of Technology, Int’l Bank Liberia, Ltd, New Birth Empowerment Center, etc. During his days as iLab Liberia’s Director of Training, he and his team provided more than 4,500 Liberians and foreign nationals the opportunity to use the innovation lab and gain new technology skills to empower their businesses and communities. Luther is passionate about efficiently using innovative technology solutions to empower local communities, SMEs, Governmental and Non-governmental organizations.