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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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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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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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When Heads of State are Embroiled in Cases of Serious Crime and Corruption: International Perspectives
Jun
12
4:30 PM16:30

When Heads of State are Embroiled in Cases of Serious Crime and Corruption: International Perspectives

U.S. politics are under increasing strain as multiple investigations of President Trump and his presidential campaign, business associates, and top officials progress. The investigations raise tough questions about foreign involvement in U.S. elections, illicit payments, campaign finance violations, and obstruction of justice.

What can US civil society learn from similar cases around the world? What can democracy defenders do to anticipate the consequences of cases that roil the sense of stability and democracy? How well are our democratic institutions and norms working from a comparative perspective? What should civil society do and anticipate to ensure and protect those norms and institutions in light of lessons learned from around the world?

We invite you to a conversation on June 12 about what happens to a country’s democracy when the head of state is embroiled in investigations into serious crimes and corruption.

Refreshments provided.

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The Panama Papers - Two Years Later
Apr
19
4:30 PM16:30

The Panama Papers - Two Years Later

Will the U.S. Finally Tackle the Anonymous Shell Companies?

Anonymous shell companies make it extremely easy for corrupt and criminal actors both here and around the world, not to mention tax evaders, to hide and launder illicit wealth. From the Panama Papers to the Magnitsky scandal, the world is hearing more and more about this problem. As April marks the two-year anniversary of the release of the Panama Papers, it is important to reflect on what progress has been made to date in the United States to tackle anonymous ownership.

The event will include the launch of a new report by Transparency International, “G20 Leaders or Laggards”, which reviews G20 promises on tackling anonymous companies and will shed light on the status of beneficial ownership transparency in the United States compared to other jurisdictions.

The forum will bring together three speakers who will speak to why tackling anonymous companies is one of the key anti-corruption (and pro-democracy) challenges of our time, the limited progress made to-date in tackling the problem, and the outlook for potential reforms over the next several months.

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How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development
Sep
14
4:30 PM16:30

How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development

In this event, Professor Yuen Yuen Ang will share her research on China to identify an unconventional first step out of the poverty trap. She will present historical evidence of this unorthodox strategy of development from China, and explore parallels found in Western history and pockets of the developing world, along with the consequences of her findings for today’s development practitioners.

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Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data

Please join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) for a panel discussion on U.S. aid transparency with a focus on collective successes and addressing the challenges ahead.

In the spirit of data use and action, we’ll also ask you to roll up your sleeves and join one of several interactive breakout sessions, hosted by the Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Development Gateway, and the Humanitarian Data Exchange. Please plan to bring your laptop (or share with a partner) to get practice using some innovative new tools! 

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Open Data Beyond Transparency: The 3ie-SINERGIA Open Data Challenge
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Open Data Beyond Transparency: The 3ie-SINERGIA Open Data Challenge

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the OpenGov Hub are pleased to invite you to a conversation on open data and its uses in international development. The panel features representatives from donors, international organizations and 3ie, who will provide insights on how their organizations use and encourage open data. The event will kick off with a presentation by Felipe Castro, Director of SINERGIA / National Planning Department (DNP) in Colombia, bringing a government perspective on potential uses of open data.

Please contact Scott Neilitz at sneilitz@3ieimpact.org to RSVP and with any logistical questions. Please share this invitation with any colleagues or acquaintances you feel would be interested in this event.

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The Art of Career Switching
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Art of Career Switching

This event is being hosted by General Assembly at OpenGov Hub.

This event series is for you if you want to apply your strengths and talents to do work that matters to you, whether that means changing careers or taking the leap to self-employment. Each event, you will hear from a DMV-based career switcher and you'll learn how to overcome common obstacles, connect authentically with the right people, and get (or create) the perfect job by translating your unique strengths, skills, and experiences into the language of your new field.

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POSTPONED: Can Open Data Impact Developing Economies?
Feb
16
8:30 AM08:30

POSTPONED: Can Open Data Impact Developing Economies?

A growing number of developing countries—in Asia, Africa, Latin America—have adopted open data policies and are publishing new sources of open government data. This global trend toward data-driven policy making and development begs the question: What is open data's impact on developing economies?

Join USAID's Global Development LabmSTAR and GovLab t the OpenGov Hub  for coffee, pastries and the launch of the new report, The Impact of Open Data in Developing Economies. Take part in the discussion with a panel of diverse contributors on the value of open data for development interventions, or follow along on Twitter with #OpenDataImpact.

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Open Government in the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges
Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

Open Government in the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges

The panel discussion will reflect on the prospects and challenges for open government reforms in the Philippines after its recent elections. Panelists will discuss government-led reforms in light of political transitions, gleaning from a recent G-Watch/Making All Voices Count study of citizen-led reform initiatives, Going vertical: citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines (December 2016). These seven issue-based advocacy campaigns involved diverse, broad-based civic and social actors, engaged with multiple levels and branches of government. These initiatives emphasized citizen power, to generate scale and sustainability. Now, the uncertain future of open government reforms in the Philippines raises questions about how citizen power can promote more sustainable change.

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Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach

Please join ChemonicsGlobal Integrity, the International Budget Partnership, and Root Change for an introductory session exploring accountability ecosystems.

Speakers will draw on recent learning and project experiences to explore aspects of this emerging approach, including structural aspects and social physics; political economy considerations; adaptive learning; and programmatic implications.

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The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Middle East is faced with a set of complex interrelated problems related to the water, energy, and food sectors.  Understanding the dynamics and linkages between these three sectors is needed to understand potential opportunities, trade-offs, and synergies and to develop integrated solutions to the growing demand for resources. The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus approach is not without criticism, but such multi-disciplinary solutions are increasingly considered the best strategy to deal with issues of water, energy and food security. These dynamics were the focus of an expert roundtable to explore government, civil society, and private sector policy solutions to these dynamic challenges, and the outcomes of that conversation were compiled in a recent report. Please join us for a conversation exploring these recommendations.

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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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Voices from the Ground: Global Young Leaders Speak Out on the Successes and Shortcomings of International Development
Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

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

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.

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“WHO IS GETTING THE BUSINESS?” A Discussion on Beneficial Ownership Transparency and Open Contracting Principles in Procurement
Oct
28
9:30 AM09:30

“WHO IS GETTING THE BUSINESS?” A Discussion on Beneficial Ownership Transparency and Open Contracting Principles in Procurement

Transparency International-USA welcomes you to a panel discussion on the importance of knowing who is ultimately pulling the strings of companies bidding for public contracts. The panel will give examples of how the U.S. government, American businesses, and taxpayers have been defrauded by the owners of anonymous companies. The discussion will explore the benefits from adopting open contracting principles and collecting and publishing the ultimate ownership information of any company bidding for government business. The panelists will also discuss practical recommendations for increasing transparency in federal procurement so as to reduce fraud and corruption.

Email kdittmann@transparency-usa.org to RSVP. 

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GLOW LAUNCH EVENT: Open Legislatures at Home and Around the World
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

GLOW LAUNCH EVENT: Open Legislatures at Home and Around the World

GLOBAL LEGISLATIVE OPENNESS WEEK LAUNCH EVENT: OPEN LEGISLATURES AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD 

In celebration of the third annual Global Legislative Openness Week, the OpenGov Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, National Democratic Institute and other partner organizations will convene a two-part panel discussion to explore the importance of open legislatures, discuss legislative openness initiatives around the world, and consider openness priorities for the 115th Congress. 

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Leveraging Youth and Technology for Governance Reforms
Aug
15
12:30 PM12:30

Leveraging Youth and Technology for Governance Reforms

 

On August 12th, people around the world will celebrate International Youth Day, marking the 17th year the United Nations has designated a day to celebrate and reflect upon the enormous potential of youth to catalyze change in their communities and societies. 

To mark this occasion, the OpenGov Hub and Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) are pleased to co-host a panel discussion focused on how youth and technology contribute to governance reforms around the world.

Join us for this timely conversation as we hear diverse perspectives and experiences (from Venezuela, Liberia, Nepal, and more) on this topic:

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Panelists:

  • Blair Glencorse - Founder and Executive Director, Accountability Lab
  • Maggie McDonough Director of Programs & Strategy, North America of SoukTel (via Skype from Ramallah)

  • Giannina (Gigi) Raffo - Venezualan Fellow, Atlas Corps and Program Director, CEDICE

  • Maiko Nakagaki – Program Officer for Global Programs, CIPE (discussion moderator)

Lunch will be provided.

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Inclusive Urban Innovation: Can Tech Promote Opportunity & Civic Engagement?
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Inclusive Urban Innovation: Can Tech Promote Opportunity & Civic Engagement?

The Harvard Alumni for Education, Harvard Club of DC, and the OpenGov Hub are pleased to invite you to a stimulating panel discussion on how to promote inclusive opportunity and engagement through urban innovation.

This special event will feature a diverse, cross-sector panel of individuals working to promote urban innovation, opportunity and civic engagement in myriad ways. All panelists will address the opportunities and challenges both of making the tech field more inclusive and representative, and of leveraging innovative tools to enable civic engagement and inclusive policy/decision making.

DC Council member Brandon Todd will address innovative ways to engage DC residents, particularly young people, in technology and in local decision making. Aaron Saunders, founder of LumaLab, will speak about the experience of creating one of Washington DC's first-ever Inclusive Innovation Incubator. Chike Aguh (CEO of Everyone On) will discuss the steps his organization is taking to help close the digital divide. Nneka Ezenwa (Verizon) will address the logistical challenges of achieving broadband internet access for all. The panel will be moderated by Nada Zohdy, Manager at the OpenGov Hub, a co-working community and network of 35+ organizations promote open government reforms around the world.

Join us for a stimulating evening of reflection and community discussion on how to ensure all city residents can benefit from the growth of technology and innovation in the District and beyond.

This event is co-hosted by Harvard Alumni for Education, Harvard Club of DC, and the OpenGov Hub.

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The Role of Local Institutions in Accountable Resource Management
Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

The Role of Local Institutions in Accountable Resource Management

The Weak Link: The Role of Local Institutions in Accountable Natural Resource Management in Peru, Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania

Presented by Oxfam America

According to World Bank figures natural resource rents in developing countries are worth just under five times the total global aid budget. There are, however, significant challenges to making sure these potential revenues are used to fight poverty.  With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxfam has recently completed a study looking at the political economy that shapes how revenues are managed within Peru, Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania. The research reveals that despite the notable differences across these four countries, they all face a remarkably similar set of stubborn political and economic barriers to improving extractive revenue management. Analyzing these barriers holds important lessons for stakeholders seeking to improve accountability in the extractive sector in order to alleviate poverty in these resource rich countries.

Please join Oxfam for a special panel discussion of the research findings and their lessons for future.

Speakers

James Morrissey (Oxfam America)

Albert Kan Dapaah (FAT Africa)

Mark Henstridge (Oxford Policy Management)

Kimberly Pfeifer (Oxfam America, Moderator)

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Putting Data to Work for Sustainable Development: New Methods to Understand Use
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Putting Data to Work for Sustainable Development: New Methods to Understand Use

As countries strive to deliver results during the post-2015 sustainable development era, the quality and usability of the data and evidence available to decision-makers is increasingly important. Responding to a call for a data revolution, a growing diversity of organizations are producing both official and non-official sources of data in the hopes of supporting more effective policies and programs. However, the knowledge on what drives actual development data use has lagged behind advances in data production.

Which external and domestic sources of data and evidence are actually used by decision-makers in different countries, policy domains, and institutions -- and why? At which stages of the policymaking process can data and evidence make the greatest contribution? While important work is already taking place to answer these questions, more action is needed to ensure that development partners are producing data and evidence that are “fit for the purpose” in response to the priority challenges policymakers seek to address.

At this AidData and Development Gateway event, we will explore some of the new and innovative approaches being leveraged to understand and cultivate in-country demand for data and evidence to support sustainable development. This panel discussion will be followed by breakout group sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on: (1) AidData’s forthcoming data and evidence survey of more than 40,000 development policymakers and practitioners in 126 low- and middle-income countries and (2) Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative.

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Think Tanks: What Do They Really Contribute?
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Think Tanks: What Do They Really Contribute?

Washington DC is to think tanks what Detroit once was to the global auto industry. But what do these institutions really bring to the table? Are they best thought of as academic institutions like universities, simple generators for policy or a storage center for those temporarily outside government.  How useful are they to policymakers, journalists and others? What kind of people do they attract -- and who do they marginalize or do without? Do they operate differently in other countries or even cities? PS21 and a great panel of think tank types will be getting more even more introspective than usual...

Negar Razavi [moderator] -- anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania. PS21 global fellow

Andrew Selee -- Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center

Peter Apps -- Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters. Executive Director, PS21

Maria Stephan -- Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute for Peace. Former US State Department official

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Citizen Engagement & Mobilization in the World Development Report 2017
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Citizen Engagement & Mobilization in the World Development Report 2017

In every part of the world, governance challenges impede governments from delivering quality services, combating poverty, and recognizing the rights of their people - all of which hinder the ability of societies to reach their full potential. Governance challenges are even more complex in fragile or conflict-prone environments, areas where most of the world’s poor now reside and where governance is by definition most broken. At the same time, there is broad momentum in the international development community to address these issues more effectively and meaningfully, and this is being propelled by high-level commitments such as Sustainable Development Goal 16.

In this promising context, the World Bank's 2017 World Development Report (WDR 2017) will focus on the topic of Governance and the Law. It will examine the role of power dynamics and the complex challenges to building government capacity, and explore the link/effects of governance reforms on development and prosperity. Specifically, the Report focuses on three development outcomes: the material standard of living (growth); the opportunity to participate economically and socially (equity); and the absence of violent conflict (security).

On March 10, the OpenGov Hub will convene an intimate discussion with diverse civil society organizations and members of the WDR 2017 team. This discussion will allow governance/civic participation-focused civil society organizations to learn about the underlying framework behind WDR 2017, provide input and collectively reflect on the report under development. It will emphasize the specific chapter about citizen engagement and mobilization, which aims to explore the various mechanisms and channels available to ordinary citizens to mobilize and promote change toward more inclusive and accountable institutions and better development outcomes. We will also discuss the overlap of this topic with the open government/governance movement.

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Navigating Against Cyber Attacks: Nonprofits & Data Security
Jan
26
12:30 PM12:30

Navigating Against Cyber Attacks: Nonprofits & Data Security

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In 2015 alone, hackers gained access to more than one hundred million personal records stored by organizations from Anthem Health Insurance to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. With cyber criminals relentlessly targeting organizations of all sizes in the private and public sectors, it is clear that nonprofits are also not safe from the threat of data breaches. Join Forum One on for a panel discussion with data security experts to share anecdotes, best practices, and approaches to addressing this critical challenge.

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Promoting Transparent and Open Government
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Promoting Transparent and Open Government

  • 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Sunlight Foundation for a roundtable discussion about tools and practices that have successfully supported transparency initiatives throughout the world. In line with this year’s theme for International Anti-Corruption Day, we invite all participants to share their experiences with tools and practices that have been useful to “break the corruption chain.” IRI will share highlights from its soon-to-be released Governance Handbook.

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We are pleased to host the event at the OpenGov Hub, a community committed to transparent processes.

Refreshments will be served.

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Accessing Information in Restrictive Environments
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Accessing Information in Restrictive Environments

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How do organizations collect data in risky environments and to what end? What difference does opening up access to information make in difficult contexts and what have we learned?

There are countries where information is not only scarce, but where the collection and production of data itself can be risky. Making information available to the outside world is, however, not impossible.

This panel brings together organizations who have created different avenues to overcome access to information challenges in restrictive environments, providing a snapshot of different scenarios.

Join us in a conversation with Global Integrity, the Committee to Protect JournalistsASL 19,United 4 Iran and the United States Institute of Peace.

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