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Closing the Implementation Gap

In every country, sound laws are a key foundation of democratic governance and economic development. Crafting such laws, however, is only part of the path to success. The other half is making sure that the laws are properly implemented – which is often more challenging. When laws and regulations are not properly adopted, such discrepancy…

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Come to our Ideathon!

What are you doing the day after Halloween? We are hosting an Ideathon in our new OpenGov Hub from 6:30 to 8:30pm and you should join us. We understand that many of you have half-baked ideas that you want to present to others for feedback, meld with others’ ideas to make them whole, or just…

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Africa Rising: the Highway Africa Conference 2012

“Africa Rising” was the theme of the 2012 Highway Africa Conference, held in Grahamstown, South Africa in September 2012. The Highway Africa Conference has been held for the past 16 years as a way to bring journalists together from across the globe to share new ideas and to reflect critically on journalism, media, technology and…

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FOI Requests: Do You Know about Your Right to Know?

Why do the citizens of some countries make far fewer requests under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws than others? In a fascinating new paper, Sarah Holsen and Martial Pasquier from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) set out to address this puzzle. Because many FOI laws are similar, we might assume that public…

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Spreading the Word through our “Connectors”

Meet our Connectors.  They are anti-corruption and transparency experts, social entrepreneurs, and journalists based around the world – Seattle, Buenos Aires, Guatemala City, Lagos, Manila, and Karachi –helping us to get the word out about TESTING 123.  Beyond efforts to encourage their own networks to develop new and testable ideas for greater transparency and accountability,…

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Bringing OGP Governments and Non-governmental Experts Face-to-Face

Recently the Government of Croatia hosted the Second Open Government Partnership (OGP) European Outreach and Support Meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We kicked off the two-day event with a networking session to connect representatives from 16 governments in the region to nine access to information experts registered with the Networking Mechanism. This was the first in…

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