Having started with 10 organizations at our former location at 1889 F Street in October 2012, the OpenGov Hub is currently comprised of 28 (all amazing!) organizations.
Development Gateway: is a non-profit organization that delivers information solutions to the people on the front lines of international development work, with a focus on increasing transparency and accountability. Whether they are government policy makers deciding how to invest scarce resources, aid workers building schools and clinics, or citizens who want to have a voice in the development process, Development Gateway offers tools and advisory services that empower them to be more effective. With our partners at the College of William and Mary and Brigham Young University, Development Gateway also manages the AidData initiative, which makes information on development assistance more open and accessible.
Global Integrity is an innovation lab that produces high-quality research and creates cutting-edge technology to advance the work of a global network of civic, public, and private reformers pursuing increased transparency and accountability in governments. In addition to our core team, we collaborate with a global network of more than 1,300 in-country contributors and partners who take our technologies, tools, and information to where they are most useful – the local level.
Access defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, they fight for open and secure communications for all. To make sure change happens on an institutional level, Access connects digital activists with those in the technology industry, academia, and government, so that together they can influence decision makers on key Internet governance issues. We aim to keep the concerns of human rights defenders working in cyberspace at the forefront of both policy and practice, by providing thought leadership and innovative ideas at the national, regional and international levels.
Accountability Lab is an independent, non-profit organization that works to make power-holders responsible. The Lab acts as a sounding board, listening to, analyzing and reflecting upon accountability concerns; as an independent interface, engaging relevant actors across contexts and issues; and as an operational hub, catalyzing innovative, collaborative and sustainable accountability practices and communities. Through this approach, the Lab bolsters efforts to address the causes rather than the symptoms of poverty, exclusion and insecurity.
Agora Partnerships works on building long-term relationships with entrepreneurs and, through their success, build a powerful, self re-enforcing community that can drive a more sustainable and equitable capitalism for the 21st century. Operating on the equation that Human Potential + Capital = Impact, Agora Partnerships finds and supports entrepreneurs who represent society’s greatest chance to convert opportunity into economic and social impact using technology, social and professional networks, and market signaling to connect entrepreneurs with the social, human, and financial capital they need to create a more sustainable world.
Akvo creates open source web and mobile software, and builds networks of partners to facilitate the way in which development aid is allocated and reported. Their aim is to improve the way projects are implemented in some of the poorest parts of the world, making them more effective, efficient, sustainable and visible. Many of their partners focus on water and sanitation, but more recently they also cover health, education, economic development and IT projects. The Akvo system is designed to appeal to a new generation, who want to see online where their money is being spent.
Article 19 is campaigning with people around the world for the right to exercise the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information. Article 19 envisages a world where people are free to: speak their opinions, participate in decision-making, and make informed choices about their lives.
Entredosmundos (E2M) ("between two worlds" in Spanish and French) focuses on cross-cultural and multimedia communication, analysis and investigation in the Americas and francophone Africa.
Forum One is a digital communications firm with expertise on open source development that is focused on driving progress on issues of importance such as health, education, the environment, and international development. Forum One provides internet strategy, online community and collaboration, user experience and design, and innovative website development for influential organizations around the world. Check out our services.
FrontlineSMS aims to lower barriers to driving transformative social change using mobile technologies. They build and distribute free and open-source software; provide support and resources to our users, and draw on our users experiences to inspire others. FrontlineSMS believe in giving local people ownership of the tools they need to change their world for the better. By using available technology—affordable laptops and basic mobile phones—FrontlineSMS helps organizations in both economically developed and under-developed countries to overcome the communication barriers they face.
GroundTruth Initiative is a new media and technology consulting company specializing in community-based participatory technologies, especially mapping and citizen journalism, in poor and marginalized regions throughout the world. They design projects, tools, and websites to empower people to harness the potential of the Internet to guide their own development processes and become more active participants in democracy by amplifying their voices. They help people to use the Internet and simple digital tools to report on and speak out about issues they care about by using digital storytelling.
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) believes that free geodata can help save and improve lives in times of political crisis and natural disasters. In the same way that the OpenStreetMap data bridges the missing information, HOT acts as a bridge between the traditional Humanitarian Responders and the OpenStreetMap Community. HOT works both remotely and physically in countries to assist the collection of geographic data, usage of that information and training others in OpenStreetMap.
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank and research organization committed to conducting objective, empirical research and offering expert policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States. These issues include U.S. foreign policy, national security, the economy, and public health. In addition, ISPU has assembled leading experts across multiple disciplines and built a solid reputation as a trusted source for information about American Muslims and Muslim communities around the world.
International Republican Institute (IRI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to advance freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.
Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information. Internews programs create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress.
National Democratic Institute (NDI) and its local partners work to promote openness and accountability in government by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation. The Institute brings together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise that can be adapted to the needs of individual countries. NDI's Tech4Dem team implements a diverse range of programs with critical information and communications technology (ICT) components, targeting democratic institutions and/or supporting democrats in general.
Open Data Watch was established in 2013 to monitor and report the degree to which countries and agencies have succeeded in implementing Open Data policies, and provides technical assistance to strengthen countries or agencies data management and disseminations practices and projects leading to overall improvements in statistical capacity.
Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP aims to increase the availability of information about governmental activities; support civic participation; implement the highest standards of professional integrity throughout administrations; and increase access to new technologies for openness and accountability. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a steering committee of governments and civil society organizations.
Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge. OKFN wants to see enlightened societies around the world, where everyone has access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives; where powerful institutions are comprehensible and accountable; and where vital research information that can help us tackle challenges such as poverty and climate change is available to all.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations against individuals. PHR use our investigations and expertise to advocate for the: prevention of individual or small scale acts of violence from becoming mass atrocities; protection of internationally-guaranteed rights of individuals and civilian populations; and, prosecution of those who violate human rights.
Rapid Results Institute aims to help solve the “last mile” problem in development work. RRI works in partnership with development agencies, government agencies, and international and local NGOs by introducing highly choreographed 100-day projects – Rapid Results Initiatives – into large-scale programs and projects, in ways that create local ownership and accountability for results, and that inspire innovation and collaboration among stakeholders at the local level.
Revenue Watch International (RWI) is a non-profit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Through capacity building, technical assistance, research and advocacy, RWI helps countries realize the development benefits of their natural resource wealth. RWI is the only organization dedicated exclusively to addressing the problems of countries that are resource rich. These are countries where poverty, corruption and armed conflict too often converge.
ReThink Media is a unique, non-profit organization focused on building the individual and collaborative communications capacity of nonprofit think tanks, experts, and advocacy groups working toward a more constructive US foreign and national security policy, the protection of human and civil rights and strengthening our democracy. The community they serve includes the foremost leaders, thinkers and organizers in the fields of disarmament, nonproliferation, conflict prevention, human and civil rights and electoral and judicial reform. They are leading efforts to provide innovative solutions to complex problems, promote positive engagement in meeting today's global challenges and ensure the full participation of all Americans.
Seabourne integrates, consolidates, and visualizes data. We believe that every organization deserves to have its data projects delivered in a modern, well-executed, and predictable way. Founded in 2010, Seabourne was the first to make a U.S. federal agency’s content available to consumers and practitioners via an open web platform, and today we’re continuing to advance the state of the art for data integration, consolidation, and visualization tools. Some of our customers include Global Integrity, the World Resources Institute, and United Nations ReliefWeb.
Silatech promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development. Founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, we find innovative solutions to challenging problems, working with a wide spectrum of NGOs, governments and the private sector to foster sustainable, positive change for Arab youth.
Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. They are a disruptive organization that is willing to take risks in the pursuit of changing the traditional way that information flows.
Water For People helps people in developing countries improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs. Water For People looks beyond toilets and wells and water pumps, and into the future. They talk to people to find out how they live and what they need to feel healthy, safe, empowered, and successful, in order to design solutions based on long-term needs — and long lives.
World Wide Web Foundation was established in 2009 by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to tackle the fundamental obstacles to realizing his vision of an open Web available, usable, and valuable for everyone. The Web is the most powerful tool for communication in the history of humanity, creating the potential for all people to participate in building a more peaceful and equitable world; however, only a small minority of people – mainly urban, male, and affluent – are part of the Web’s global conversation. The Foundation seeks to establish the open Web as a global public good and a basic right, ensuring that everyone can access and use it freely.