Our Global Hubs
Since Open Gov Hub was founded in 2012, people who have visited us in Washington have been inspired to create similar civic innovation hubs in their home cities and countries around the world.
One of our founding members, Accountability Lab, led the initial organic growth of affiliate Open Gov Hubs in other countries from 2014.
Then in 2019, we were able to begin dedicating Hub time and resources to formally supporting affiliate hubs, with support from the Open Society Foundations. In March 2019, we announced 6 current Affiliate Global Open Gov Hubs. Read more about each below.
El Space (Tunis, Tunisia)
eCove (Abuja, Nigeria)
Civic Hive (Lagos, Nigeria)
iCampus (Monrovia, Liberia)
Open Gov Space (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Open Gov Hub Albania (Tirana, Albania)
In addition to our 6 affiliates, we continue to maintain a relationship with Open Gov Hub Nepal (established in Kathmandu in 2014) and Open Gov Hub Mali (established in Bamako in 2018).
Open Gov Hub Nepal
The Open Gov Hub model expanded to its first international location in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2014. As the first transparency and accountability themed coworking space in South Asia, Open Gov Hub Nepal is bringing together representatives of organizations working in the open data, transparency, and accountability fields to build a cohesive community for open government in Nepal—a young democracy that is struggling to establish good governance.
Below are the members of the Open Gov Hub in Nepal.
Open Gov Hub Liberia (iCampus)
The second affiliate global Open Gov Hub opened in Monrovia, Liberia in 2016 as part of iCampus Liberia - the country's first coworking and innovation space.
iCampus is a shared innovation, coworking, and community space for organizations focusing on the intersection of technology, accountability, and social change in Liberia. It acts as a physical and virtual space for youth-focused ICT and governance training; a networking and innovation hub; and a focal point for elections and open governance work.
The iCampus is jointly operated by Accountability Lab Liberia and iLab Liberia.
Open Gov Hub Mali
The third affiliate global Open Gov Hub opened in Bamako, Mali during the summer of 2018.
The establishment of all three above affiliate hubs - Nepal, Liberia and Mali - has all been led by the Accountability Lab, one of the Open Gov Hub's founding members.
Then we significantly expanded our network of Global Affiliate Hubs in 2019.
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Open Gov Hub Nepal
Accountability Lab is a nonprofit organization, based in Washington DC with local offices in Nepal and Liberia, which empowers citizens to build tools for anti-corruption and integrity in their communities. Our team in Nepal provides training, mentorship, networks, management support and seed funding to about a dozen “accountapreneurs” with low-cost, high-impact ideas for positive change. By enabling people to use information and knowledge to hold their the government to account, the Lab is finding innovative ways to unlock the rich potential for political and economic development in Nepal. The Lab is also reinventing the way that organizations can function through radical transparency, oral reporting that fits the context, alternative revenue models, and building a community of change-makers.
Citizens’ Campaign for Right to Information (CCRI) is a pragmatic organization working to promote the Right to Information (RTI) throughout Nepal, with the aim of furthering transparency, accountability and governance. CCRI strategically applies RTI in several key areas, including parliamentary accountability, social accountability, budget monitoring, and service delivery. CCRI works in collaboration with the strategic partners, professional organizations and district-level RTI Networks. CCRI has a strong working relationship with National Information Commission (NIC), where it helped set up an ICT-based RTI help-desk.
Development Gateway is a USA-based nonprofit organization with a mission to empower development professionals, governments, and citizens with the information they need to improve lives. We develop information solutions and cultivate the skills to turn information into lasting results. Development Gateway helps translate data into action in over 25 countries around the world. Since 2009, Development Gateway has worked with Nepal’s Ministry of Finance on its Aid Management Platform, a public database of all development assistance to Nepal. We are also currently working on a government data study with DFID and an Open Contracting pilot program with the World Bank.
GalliGalli is a not-for-profit organization that gathers, packages, and disseminates information on how to access government services. GalliGalli works both on the ground, and online. GalliGalli's core focus is to make people lives easier by providing information on processes - both formal and informal - for accessing government services. GalliGalli has two ongoing initiatives: (1) nalibeli.org is an open platform with step-by-step information on how to access a range of government services. The platform runs on information shared by thousands of individual users. The usefulness of the platform increases as the number of active users grows. The platform has information in Nepali and English. (2) Nalibeli Service Delivery Mapping: This is an on-the-ground survey, research, and mapping initiative to document the nature of day-today problems faced by citizens, creating a listing of service providers by ward, and understanding the manner in which neighbourhoods organize themselves.
Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) harnesses local knowledge, develops open data and promotes civic technologies. KLL is a non-profit tech company that works at the intersection of emerging technologies and their applications to solve difficult problems of our society. We pioneer cutting-edge web 2.0 and participatory technologies in Nepal. We have been leading Open Mapping work in the country since November 2012 (Click here to get a sense of our work). In addition to mapping, we are equally versed with database handling, web programming, data visualization and mobile app development.
Local Interventions Group is a southern non-profit working with data-driven solutions for smarter governance. Through Open Government pilot projects in the Terai and Hilly regions of Nepal, we are using mobile and crowdsourcing technology to explore alternative ways for the public to interact with their government and how people can use the power of the masses to hold their governments accountable. We grew out of a student research seminar at the London School of Economics and have active programs in Nepal and Pakistan.
Open Nepal is a collaborative initiative that exists to increase awareness and understanding of the potential of improved access to information and specifically of open data. It works to promote the availability of data via its Open Data Portal and through support to those who want to share their data and make it more accessible. It supports a range of development actors to improve their projects through increased data use by providing technical assistance, capacity development materials and a platform for sharing experiences. In this process it aims to support and grow a community of data users in Nepal; to explore and understand the demand for information and the potential role of data in supporting development efforts; and to share the lessons learned both nationally and internationally.