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IMAGO + Pratham: Scaling Early Childhood Education through Government
Aug
8
5:30 PM17:30

IMAGO + Pratham: Scaling Early Childhood Education through Government

IMAGO Global Grassroots is proud to host one of our grassroots partners, Pratham, for a talk on scaling early childhood education through government.

ABOUT THE EVENT

India is on the brink of unveiling its new education policy. Among other firsts, this policy will extend the Right to Education Act of 2009, which makes schooling free and compulsory for all 6-14 year-olds, to children ages 3 to 6. What does this imply for policymakers and practitioners? To understand this, one would need to appreciate the evolution of ECE in India.

Our featured speaker, Samyukta Subramanian, will trace its journey through a Pratham lens. She is the Program Head of Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Pratham, which is one of India's largest education-focused nonprofits. Samyukta will also share Pratham’s experience of working with governments at scale, challenges, best practices, and the struggle to measure impact. Learn more at www.prathamusa.org


SPEAKER BIO

Samyukta Subramanian serves as Program Head at Pratham Education Foundation (Pratham), one of India’s largest nonprofits focused on improving quality of education. She leads the Early Childhood Education (ECE) partnership with the Delhi Government and elementary education initiatives across many Indian states. She has extensive experience working with senior government officials, private sector partners, and nonprofit leaders to develop and implement ECE initiatives. Recently, she has focused on India’s pre-primary education landscape and improving ECE outcomes at scale.

Samyukta holds a Bachelor of Law, an M.A. in Psychology, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She is currently an Echidna Global Scholar at the Brookings Institution. While at Brookings, she will analyze data on the ecosystem surrounding girls’ ECE in India, with a focus on government-run preschools. Her research will examine how sociocultural, political, economic, and other factors converge to influence young girls’ learning opportunities, which will inform the development of gender-sensitive pedagogical praxis and ECE policy throughout the state.

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Democracy Dialogue: Tactics to Protect Civic Space in Russia, US and beyond
Jul
22
12:30 PM12:30

Democracy Dialogue: Tactics to Protect Civic Space in Russia, US and beyond

This roundtable will compare tactics to respond to civic space challenges from backsliding democracies and more authoritarian countries.

The goal of this roundtable event is to learn from activists from different countries - including Russia, India, and others - who have been responding to restrictions on civic space (free speech, assembly, and association). In doing so, we hope to uncover tactical lessons for activists across the globe, including in the U.S., and offer insights on how to preserve civic space.

We have seen many efforts from international organizations to research and discuss the closing of civic space as a global phenomenon in recent years. However, we rarely have the opportunity to connect activists and advocates in more closed, authoritarian countries with those in established democracies that are now backsliding. While the severity of civic space challenges varies greatly between countries like Russia and the United States, there are shared struggles and lessons to exchange that can empower civic groups and activists.

Specifically, we will have brief presentations that address responses to three civic space challenges:

  • Physical threats - including to individuals and property

  • Digital threats - including bots and fake news attacks

  • Smear campaigns - especially those that use the label of foreign agents to discredit NGOs and activists

This event has two goals:

  • Collect and share practical tactical tips

  • Discuss how these challenges may become relevant in the U.S. in the near future (ex: many U.S. states have introduced legislation since 2016 that could restrict the right to protest)

We have confirmed participation in the roundtable from individuals from the following organizations:

  • International Center for Nonprofit Law

  • Counterpart International/Innovation for Change

  • Pact International

  • United States Institute of Peace

  • local organizations from the featured countries

This event is part of the ongoing Defending Democracy event series at Open Gov Hub.

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DC's Purpose Power Town Hall
Apr
11
4:00 PM16:00

DC's Purpose Power Town Hall

Celebrate National Week of Conversation with DC's Purpose Power Town Hall!

We're happy to team up with Purpose Power and invite you to DC's Purpose Power Town Hall on April 11th from 4-6:30pm  - a special event that is part of a national tour of conversations offering a new framework for fostering connections between diverse community groups who share a commitment to civic action. 

This empathy-filled town hall invites you to flex your deliberative democracy muscles, turn strangers into friends, and connect your shared purpose with the allies who will help you commit to take action.

Alicia Bonner Ness is author of the new book Purpose Power and facilitator of this town hall series 

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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.

RSVP HERE

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DC Mayor's OpenGov Advisory Group Meeting
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

DC Mayor's OpenGov Advisory Group Meeting

The District of Columbia Mayor’s Open Government Advisory Group is consisted of 24 public and District of Columbia government members. 

At this meeting, the Group will focus on further defining and documenting priorities for the coming months and begin putting together work plans for each subcommittee. Several new members will also be introduced at April’s meeting.

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How Can Supreme Audit Institutions Help Curtail Corruption?
Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

How Can Supreme Audit Institutions Help Curtail Corruption?

This panel event will explore how Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and other independent oversight bodies in the United States and around the world play a critical role in helping curtail corruption.

Speakers will share case studies from efforts in Albania, Afghanistan, and the United States for comparative, cross-country learning. In focusing on an exchanges of effective models for improved legal frameworks, tools, practices, and lessons learned (including through resources from the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions), this event seeks to strengthen the efforts of all participating bodies, and create a platform for ongoing peer-to-peer learning and collaboration globally to combat domestic and international corruption.

RSVP HERE

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From the Frontlines of Hungary: Lessons and Warnings on Closing Civic Space
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

From the Frontlines of Hungary: Lessons and Warnings on Closing Civic Space

As the global trend toward closing civic spaces continues, Open Gov Hub and Fair Trials is pleased to welcome András Kádár of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a leading non-governmental watchdog organization that protects human dignity and the rule of law through legal and public advocacy methods.

András Kádár will be speaking about how NGOs like his are dealing with this worsening political environment in Hungary, as well as offering broader lessons and warnings for global civil society actors.

Lunch will be provided.

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Open Data in Closed Societies Discussion
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Open Data in Closed Societies Discussion

Small Media Foundation , a not-for-profit organisation based in London launched Iran Open Data in November 2016, with the aim to make Iranian government data accessible.

We are hosting a talk on the 20th of June and invite you to join us to discuss open data, with a specific focus on closed societies and restrictive environments.

We are inviting organisations and individuals interested in data journalism, open data and transparency, and/or those who would like to introduce their organisation and contribute to the discussion.

Space for participants is limited and we anticipate strong interest in the event. Therefore, if you are interested in attending the talk, we would appreciate if you could please RSVP to shokoufeh@smallmedia.org.uk by 18/June/2017.

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