This week sees the whole team back at the Open Gov Hub for the first time in several weeks. Johannes and Elsa are just back from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Governance Weekend in Rwanda. Jorge is recently returned from a three-week road-trip across Mexico, working with access to information commissions and civil society organizations in five states to assess and improve the usefulness of information about the flow of public resources. And I’ve been busy with trips to Tanzania for Twaweza’s Ideas and Evidence reflection session, and Mexico for a National Open Government Summit (see here for a piece inspired by that event).
Amongst the travel, and our intensive efforts across our program areas, we’ve also taken advantage of the welcome trend towards more open donor strategies, providing commentary on revised strategies on transparency, accountability and fiscal governance published by DFID and the Open Society Foundations, as well as on the Hewlett Foundation’s draft learning strategy.
Last but not least, we’ve set in motion two streams of consultancy work, to improve our own effectiveness. First, with Adrio Bacchetta at Sandstone Consulting and Linda Keene Solomon, to focus our vision, clarify our value proposition, and sharpen up our offer of products and services. And second, with Eugene Flynn at 54 Degrees, to help us better communicate with potential partners, funders and advocacy targets. Oh, and in case you missed it, we published our Annual Report for 2017 in February.