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
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.
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.