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High tech, low tech – or no tech? Making the OGP work for everyone

Learning and adapting to broaden civil society engagement with OGP

 Civic tech and participatory tools - Roundtable

Dec. 8 2016      03:00 PM - 03:50 PM
  Palais d'Iéna - Amphitheatre
Language: English

Add to Calendar 2016-12-08 15:00 2016-12-08 15:50 Europe/Paris High tech, low tech – or no tech? Making the OGP work for everyone - #OGP16 http://mobile.ogpsummit.org/en-event-606-high_tech_low_tech_or_no_tech_making_the_ogp_work_for_everyone Outline Since the OGP began, member governments have tended to focus their OGP activities on the international and cross- and intra-governmental levels. In many cases national civil society actors haven’t been as engaged as much they should be, or in as broad-based a way as is desirable. The main civil society players have been the urban, capital-city-bas Palais d'Iéna, Amphitheatre, 9 place d'Iéna Paris, France Fourth OGP Global Summit 2016 MM/DD/YYYY 5 Custom event filename event606 confirmed REQUEST

Outline

Since the OGP began, member governments have tended to focus their OGP activities on the international and cross- and intra-governmental levels.

In many cases national civil society actors haven’t been as engaged as much they should be, or in as broad-based a way as is desirable. The main civil society players have been the urban, capital-city-based, policy elite, ‘usual suspect’ Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), which don’t represent a cross-section of national society, particularly not those parts of the population which most need the benefits of more open, accountable and responsive governments.

Among the ‘not-the-usual’ CSO suspects, there is ambivalence and limited awareness as to whether the OGP matters, and if so how to engage effectively with it in-country.

Making All Voices Count (MAVC), a joint initiative of Hivos, Ushahidi and the Institute for Development Studies is an international initiative that aims to harnesses the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance, and to build an evidence base on what works, and what doesn't in this sector.

Making All Voices Count’s most significant engagement with OGP is its cohort of MAVC OGP projects - six projects in five countries, supporting civil society actors to open OGP processes up domestically to citizens and their representatives. We have built into these a strong focus on civil society advocates’ learning and adaptive management skills. Our aims are, firstly, to enhance the effectiveness of those 6 OGP-focused projects, which are unfolding over a short time-frame in a fluid, socio-politically complex environment; and secondly, to build sustained capacity in national civil society to engage governments on the content and process of National Action Plans (NAPs), including the implementation of specific NAP commitments and the subnational development of OGP Action Plans and NAP commitment delivery. This session will present our aims and initial insights from these learning-rich processes and to lead into discussion on the potential for broadening civil society engagement with OGP.

Speakers:

Fletcher Tembo, Programme Director, Making All Voices Count

Rosie McGee, Research, Evidence and Learning Coordinator, Making All Voices Count/Institute of Development Studies

Oluwatoyin Badejogbin, Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa

The session aims to bring a range of stakeholders together to focus on:

  • how a wider range of civil society can engage in OGP national and subnational processes,
  • exploring how adaptive learning management approaches can be used to more effectively engage with OGP.

Making All Voices Count

Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that harnesses the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance.

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Venue

  • Palais d'Iéna
    9 place d'Iéna
    75016 Paris