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Voices from the Ground: Global Young Leaders Speak Out on the Successes and Shortcomings of International Development

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

The OpenGov Hub and Community Solutions Program (CSP) invite you to an honest discussion on successes and shortcomings of international development, focused on learning directly from global grassroots leaders about what works and doesn’t and how we can better incorporate the voices of end beneficiaries.

CSP fellows are exceptional young civil society leaders working on a variety of social issues in Africa, the Middle East, CEE, South Central Asia, Asia Pacific and South America. These fellows are developing their technical expertise and leadership skills through placements at U.S. organizations, while also sharing their unique knowledge and skills on how to best address community development needs.

Several current CSP fellows in DC, particularly those working in difficult contexts, will speak out about their direct experiences on the ‘receiving end’ of international development. Additionally, we will share and discuss the findings from a survey conducted of nearly 400 CSP leaders across the globe which collected their experiences on this issue. Finally, we will offer attendees the opportunity to speak with fellows in small groups in a World Café format.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 2 from 4-5:30pm. The program will be followed by an informal happy hour/networking event.


16.00-16.10 – Opening Remarks from representatives from the State Department (tbc), OpenGov Hub and IREX

16.10-16.30 – Moderated Panel featuring CSP fellows working on peace resolution, gender, environment, and transparency & accountability topics

16.30-16.40 – More Stories from the Ground! Discussion on survey findings

16.40-17.10 – “World café”-style breakout discussions

17.10-17.30—Reconvened full group discussion

17.30-18.30- Happy hour and networking

Sign up now, seats are limited!