The Government of Georgia will host the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018. The Summit will provide an excellent opportunity for leaders from OGP’s 76 participating countries, local governments, and beyond to exchange ideas on how they are making their governments more transparent, accountable, and responsive to citizens.

Please register for the Global Summit at www.ogpsummit.org and send your questions and/or feedback to summit@opengovpartnership.org.
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Wednesday, July 18 • 15:30 - 17:00
Civil Society's Role in Opening Government and Monitoring Civic Space: Restrictive Trends and Creative Responses

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Governments and non-state actors are increasingly introducing arbitrary and debilitating restrictions on the operating space for civil society organizations, social movements, and activists. Much of the current analyses on civic space restrictions disproportionately focus on legal provisions; however, as shown by the CIVICUS Monitor, the tactics and strategies used by states and non-state actors are multi-layered and convoluted. Notably, technology is being deliberately used for the surveillance, intimidation, and blackmailing of activists and their movements, exacerbating existing power structures and systemic inequalities.

A healthy civic space enabling meaningful civic participation and allowing to expose human rights violations and call governments to account is critical for the OGP process. This workshop will help identify key challenges and trends pertaining to civic space restrictions as well as creative civil society responses that may enable governments to design better policies and become more responsive to citizens’ needs and demands. It will aim at encouraging critical debate and producing concrete recommendations for the OGP process, including eligibility criteria, mechanisms, and standards.

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Duncan Edwards

Director of Global Initiatives and Impact, Publish What You Pay
I joined Publish What You Pay (PWYP) in January 2018 as Director of Global Initiatives and Impact. I am developing and implementing systems, research activities, and strategic initiatives that ensure PWYP’s effectiveness in promoting an open and accountable extractives sector. This... Read More →

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Zohrab Ismayil

Founder, Open Azerbaijan Initiative
A public policy analyst a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow.
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Suneeta Kaimal

Chief Operating Officer, Natural Resource Governance Institute
Suneeta is a Steering Committee member and former civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative of nearly 70 countries in which governments and civil society work together to advance transparency, accountability and citizen participation.She is currently c... Read More →
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Semanur Karaman

Project Lead, Tactical Tech
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Emil Omarov

Eurasia Regional Coordinator, Publish What You Pay
Emil joined the PWYP Secretariat in January 2016. He has extensive experience of the PWYP campaign and the coalitions in the region, having worked for four years for NRGI (Revenue Watch at the time) providing support to their Eurasia Regional Director and contributing to the development... Read More →
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Ines Pousadela

Senior Research Specialist, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Inés M. Pousadela is a Policy and Research Officer at CIVICUS, a researcher for OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism in Argentina, and an associate researcher at the Institute of Communication and Development (ICD) in Uruguay. She holds a PhD in Political Science (UB), a Master’s... Read More →
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Alex Sardar

Chief Innovation Officer, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Wednesday July 18, 2018 15:30 - 17:00 GMT+04
Funicular: Glass Room