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Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box

  • Riggs Library - Georgetown University (map)
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The event will feature a TED-style talk by Sanjay Pradhan titled Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box. Pradhan is CEO of Open Government Partnership and former World Bank Vice-President. His talk will be followed by audience Q&A and a cocktail reception. Georgetown McCourt School Dean Maria Cancian will also offer remarks.

*Note this event will be held at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy.*



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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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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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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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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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SDG National Reporting Initiative Launch
Mar
14
5:00 PM17:00

SDG National Reporting Initiative Launch

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out an ambitious agenda for countries around the world, and data is essential to help fulfill that agenda. The data requirements for reporting on the SDGs present an unprecedented opportunity for governments to track and evaluate their progress. SDG reporting can also be a tool to help countries achieve their goals.

The SDG National Reporting Initiative, led by the Center for Open Data Enterprise, facilitates greater information-sharing on SDG reporting between international, regional, and local communities.

Join us for a happy hour on March 14th from 5-7pm EST at the OpenGov Hub to launch the SDG National Reporting Initiative's website and report. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

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Distract, Divide, and Detach: Transparency and Accountability Amid the Closing Civic Space Debate
Dec
8
12:30 PM12:30

Distract, Divide, and Detach: Transparency and Accountability Amid the Closing Civic Space Debate

This event is being organized by Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a Hub Member.

 

DISTRACT, DIVIDE, DETACH

Transparency and Accountability Amid the Closing Civic Space Debate

 

 

Many democracies are experiencing a resurgence of authoritarianism, to various degrees. One particular aspect of this is governments invoking transparency demands of CSOs to close down civic space. How can the transparency community respond? Join Transparency and Accountability Initiative in a conversation on the highlights of its latest report "Distract, Divide, Detach: Using Transparency and Accountability to Justify Regulation of CSOs".

Please RSVP by December 6 at http://bit.ly/2BddiAq.
You can also watch us live on Facebook. Like our page- @TAInitiative.

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Priceless? A New Way to Estimate the Cost of Opening Government
Nov
14
11:00 AM11:00

Priceless? A New Way to Estimate the Cost of Opening Government

Members and friends of the Open Gov Hub are invited to join a panel
and report launch event for Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms, which presents a brand new way to understand
and evaluate open government efforts. This event will outline the critical
components needed to conduct cost analyses of open government programs.

The methodology represents an important step towards understanding the true value of open government reforms intended to increase citizen engagement, promote transparency, and combat corruption. These insights have been lacking in the open government community to date - until now.

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Virtual Reality: Party Trick or Real Opportunity?
Jun
16
12:30 PM12:30

Virtual Reality: Party Trick or Real Opportunity?

This event is being organized by Hub Members Forum One.

Just what is Virtual Reality (VR)? What aspects of VR bring out empathy in users and help promote understanding? Can VR be an effective way to get users to take action?

Join us for a compelling talk-show style discussion about VR and how it can be applied to promote cause-driven missions. Experts and users in the field of VR will explain the various branches of the technology, the many applications of this new medium, and how the booming industry of VR hardware is driving prices down and accelerating technological advances for the field in leaps and bounds. We will also have the opportunity to watch Beyond the Fence, the award-winning VR short film produced by the Nexus Fund.

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Open Data for Development: A Conversation with Fernando Perini
May
23
3:00 PM15:00

Open Data for Development: A Conversation with Fernando Perini

Open Data Watch, as a collaborator with Open Data for Development, is pleased to invite you to have a conversation with Fernando Perini and learn more about the network.

This event is an opportunity to speak with Fernando Perini and to learn more about OD4D and its initiatives. Shaida Badiee, Managing Director of Open Data Watch, will provide opening remarks for this event. Following a short presentation from Fernando Perini, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.

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Spring Ignite Night & Happy Hour
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Ignite Night & Happy Hour

This event will feature a series of several Ignite-style lightning talks (exactly 5 minutes, with 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds) about some of the latest exciting projects from OpenGov Hub member organizations, including Open Data Watch, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Global Integrity, and more!

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Report Launch and Discussion: Transnational Crime and the Developing World
Mar
29
9:30 AM09:30

Report Launch and Discussion: Transnational Crime and the Developing World

This report launch and panel discussion will focus on Global Financial Integrity's new report, Transnational Crime and the Developing World.

Transnational crime is a business, and business is very good. Money is the primary motivation for these illegal activities, activities that not only line the pockets of the perpetrators but also finance violence, corruption, further criminal activities, and other abuses. These crimes undermine local and national economies, destroy the environment, and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of the public. Transnational crime will continue to grow until the paradigm of high profits and low risks is challenged.

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State-Society Relations: Taking Stock of the Evidence
Mar
16
9:30 AM09:30

State-Society Relations: Taking Stock of the Evidence

USAID and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) are hosting a seminar to launch 3ie’s new evidence gap map on state-society relations. 3ie evaluation specialist Daniel Phillips and research associate Chris Coffey will take us through the interactive map showing the existing evidence base of impact evaluations and systematic reviews. They will also identify areas where there are research gaps.

Morgan Holmes, evaluation methodologist at USAID and Michael Jarvis, executive director, The Transparency and Accountability Initiative will be the discussants.

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Blockchain Mobile Voting Demo
Feb
14
5:00 PM17:00

Blockchain Mobile Voting Demo

Voatz is an award-winning blockchain-based platform that enables citizens to vote in all kinds of elections or voting events via smartphone or tablet. Past attempts at internet based voting have failed or not gone mainstream due to fundamental concerns around security, auditability and voter anonymity. With Voatz, using biometrics for security and the blockchain for irrefutability, we are able to tackle all these challenges and significantly streamline the process of voting and identity verification. 

Voatz aims to:
1) increase voter turnout, 
2) increase the transparency of elections, and
3) combat electoral fraud.

RSVP HERE.

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Evolving Strategies in the Anti-Corruption Agenda
Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

Evolving Strategies in the Anti-Corruption Agenda

Please join PartnersGlobal and the Open Government Partnership for a discussion on innovations coming directly from civic leaders visiting DC from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Member organizations from the Partners Network, together with leading experts, will present a proven strategic approach to building islands of integrity within local governments.

Please RSVP to partners@partnersglobal.org

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Civil Society Roles in Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Philippines
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

Civil Society Roles in Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Philippines

This event will discuss the roles played by the civil society in the Philippines in fulfillment of MDGs as well as the OGP and some of the lessons relevant to implementation of the 2030 Agenda overall and the governance improvement targets in the SDG #16. The panelists will discuss these issues based on their experiences and analytical work. Click through for more info.

The session will be held at the OpenGov Hub.
Visitors must RSVP in advance to gain access to the building.
Click here to join the meeting virtually.

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Open Data in the Next Presidential Administration Report Launch
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Open Data in the Next Presidential Administration Report Launch

Join Hub Members, the Center for Open Data Enterprise, at the report launch event featuring speakers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for Public Service, and more. This report is a nonpartisan informational Open Data Transition Report designed to be of use to the next president's transition team and is an action plan to improve access and use of government data and highlights long-term goals to institutionalize open data. For report details, please see our blog post.

RSVP HERE.

Launch being held at the National Press Club.

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Aiding Peace? Development Programs in Post-Conflict Countries
May
25
12:00 PM12:00

Aiding Peace? Development Programs in Post-Conflict Countries

Following each outbreak of civil war or violent conflict, international donors promise to relieve civilian suffering and rebuild institutions. But do development policies actually respond to the realities of peace building, or are donors driven more by unrelated incentives?

This Learning Lunch, presented by OpenGov Hub member Development Gateway, will explore findings from Susanna Campbell’s (Graduate Institute of Geneva/ American University) and Mike Findley’s (UT-Austin) research on the motivations behind donor programming in post-conflict states. Drawing on quantitative analyses and 200+ interviews in DRC, Nepal, South Sudan, and Sudan, investigators examined the role of institutional interests in donors’ development and execution of peace-building policies.

Campbell and Findley will unpack the interconnections between donors own interests / abilities and the realities of dynamic peacebuilding contexts. They will also present on policy implications, which center on the nexus between development, humanitarian, and peacebuilding aid allocation.

REGISTER HERE

This work was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies. Lunch will be provided.

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Open Data in Latin America Social (with Lightning Talks)
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Open Data in Latin America Social (with Lightning Talks)

¡Hola!

Come and meet the Latin American community working on open data and open government.

We are holding a small informal social event to share with you our experience in the Latin American Open Data Initiative (www.idatosabierto.org) and the work we have done in the region so far as part of the Open Data for Development Programme.

We will present a few lighting talks from some of our partners and mingle with great people in Washington DC .  Come and meet us. We welcome Spanglish! We have limited space so please be sure to register. 

Pizza and drinks will be provided.

REGISTER HERE

This event is being organized and hosted by the Open Data Latin American Initiative/Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos

 

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Turn Knowledge into Data with Indaba
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Turn Knowledge into Data with Indaba

*NOTE: The date of this event has been changed due to a complete closure of the Metrorail system on Wednesday March 16th. The new date of this event is one week later, Wednesday March 23rd, at the same time and place. 

Tackling the hardest questions in global development is an information-intensive process. Different people understand different aspects of the issues, but how can managers assemble and collate distributed expertise about hard-to-quantify concepts? How can they get from qualitative knowledge to data they can use to evaluate, analyze and compare? And for those of us interested in creating global indexes, can anything help manage the chaos of that research process? 

Amida Technology Solutions and the Open Gov Hub invite you to a re-launch event for Indaba, a purpose-built, data collaboration platform already in use that answers these very questions. Whether you’re interested in index creation, qualitative M&E, research process improvements and collaboration, or support for data-driven decision making, Indaba can help you bring your network of experts to bear on the questions you care about.

REGISTER HERE

Please join us. Come to learn more about how Indaba can work for you. Stay for break out discussions with similar organizations touching on topics like researcher recruitment, methodology, and publishing and promoting the results of your work. Together, we will cover the rewards and challenges of measuring the things that matter the most, even if they are the hardest things to measure.

Indaba is an open source platform operated by Amida Technology Solutions, a DC-based, software company focused on using data to solve human problems. Amida’s provides program management, integration support and operational oversight to a broad array of commercial and public sector customers.

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Shining Light on Law Enforcement & Access to Justice: The US and Beyond
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Shining Light on Law Enforcement & Access to Justice: The US and Beyond

The Open Government Partnership and OpenGov Hub are pleased to present "Shining Light on Law Enforcement and Access to Justice: The US and Beyond." 

This discussion will focus on access to justice and law enforcement reforms and commitments being made worldwide through the Open Government Partnership, and innovative efforts to make information about law enforcement and legal aid here in the US more transparent and accessible, such as the White House Police Data Initiative. Short presentations will be given by:

This event, which is free and open to the public (including press), is being organized in recognition of Sunshine Week 2016.

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Social Labs vs. Human-Centered Design Meet Up
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Social Labs vs. Human-Centered Design Meet Up

Social labs are emerging all over the world to tackle some of the world's most wicked problems. Human-Centered Design (HCD) is also being used to solve some of the world's most complex social challenges.

How are these approaches similar? How are they different?

Join us to explore these questions as Jumana Qamruddin and Will Schmitt from the World Bank present a case study on their work using HCD to reduce child malnutrition in Madagascar.

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We will use the case study to compare and contrast HCD with social labs. We will also get a chance to provide valuable feedback to the World Bank team about their project. You do not need to be familiar with social labs or human-centered design to participate. However, if you want to have more in-depth knowledge of social labs, feel free to download the social lab field book here.

About the DC Social Labs Community of Practice: This is the fourth event of our emerging community of practice that will support DC metro changemakers interested in learning more and using social lab approaches. Our objectives in creating this community of practice are: Learn about social labs together Share projects Ask for help around specific projects. This community of practice event is being co-sponsored by OpenGov Hub and Promethean Community.

You do not need to be familiar with social labs or human-centered design to participate. However, if you want to learn more prior to the event, feel free to download the social lab field book here

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Governance and the Environment: Strategic Priorities for WRI
Feb
18
4:30 PM16:30

Governance and the Environment: Strategic Priorities for WRI

Please join us for a presentation and brainstorm discussion with the Governance Center at the World Resources Institute (our newest OpenGov Hub member!) on Thursday 18th February.  WRI will be presenting their new governance strategy and main lines of work in environmental democracy, open government and subnational governance. 

The WRI team looks forward to hearing contributions and ideas from others at the Hub and identifying common issues and priorities.  The one-hour session will be followed by Happy Hour drinks to meet with WRI and other colleagues.

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Open Data: Big Impact
Feb
2
1:30 PM13:30

Open Data: Big Impact

*Please Note: This event will take place at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, located at 1099 14th Street NW Suite 700 (one block from the OpenGov Hub)*

The use of data in international development continues to dominate the landscape for the future of poverty reduction and economic growth.  The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is committed to using and sharing data in the design, implementation, and evaluation of grant investments.

To that end, in 2015 MCC hosted its first Open Data Challenge. The Open Data Challenge is an opportunity for Masters and PhD students around the globe to submit papers that make innovative use of data collected in MCC's independent evaluations. 

Join for this event on February 2 to discuss the first Open Data Challenge winning author's innovative work on the benefits of MCC-funded roads in Nicaragua, and insights into better use and accessibility of MCC’s data from the work of our honorable mention author.

This event is being supported by the OpenGov Hub, a DC co-working community and network of 35 organizations promoting transparency, accountability and civic participation around the world through technology, research, media and advocacy.

Event attendees will also learn about the next Open Data Challenge for 2016.

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