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 • 14:00 - 15:30
Closing the Implementation Gap: The Role of Multilateral Institutions in Supporting Open Government Reforms

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OGP is fundamentally about action. Every participating government - local or national - has to work with civil society to produce an open government action plan, outlining a program of reform for two years through specific, time-bound commitments. Given the focus on action, delivering real impact in the lives of citizens depends on the successful implementation of transformative reforms.

OGP’s Independent reporting Mechanism notes that over half of OGP commitments are complete or close to completion (55%). While 14% of commitments are potentially transformative, only 7% are implemented. In other words, there is much more room to fully realize the transformative potential of open government reforms if commitments are successfully implemented. The IRM cited the lack of financial support, technical assistance, and government ownership as key constraints that prevent commitments from being completed.

To address this gap, OGP is evolving its strategy with a greater emphasis on support for implementation. By targeting barriers to implementation--by securing financial support for reforms on the ground, strengthening partnerships with organizations that provide technical expertise in priority thematic areas, and building the capacity of local actors through enhanced country support programs--OGP has an opportunity to move the needle on impact. Donors and multilateral institutions have a crucial role to play here. Given their resources, convening power, and technical expertise, they are uniquely positioned to support the implementation of transformative open government reforms.

This panel will focus on what donors are doing and can do to make sure that open government reforms are implemented. This session will ask donors working in different areas of open government on what can be done to close the implementation gap--i.e. unpack their priorities, challenges, opportunities, and how results can be achieved based on their considerable experience. Panelists will be asked to showcase examples of their programs to illustrate how their organizations are supporting and advancing the ambition and implementation of reforms on the ground.

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Stephanie Mucai

Country Engagement Developer for Open Contracting, Hivos East Africa

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Alessandro Bellantoni

Head of the Open Government, Civic Space and Public Communication Unit, OECD
Alessandro Bellantoni joined the OECD in 2009, where he is the Head of the Open Government, Civic Space and Public Communication Unit. Previously, he worked in the Ministry of Public Administration and Innovation of Italy, for the United Nations (WFP and ILO), and in civil society... Read More →
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Sylvie Coudray

Chief of Section for Freedom of Expression, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
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Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir

Director, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir (Iceland), began her tenure as Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on 19 July 2017, succeeding Michael Georg Link of Germany.Gísladóttir has 35 years of leadership experience working on human rights, democratic... Read More →
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Judith Herbertson

Head of Governance, Open Societies, and Anti-Corruption, United Kingdom Department for International Development
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Yves Leterme

Secretary-General, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Prior to International IDEA, Yves Leterme served as Prime Minister of Belgium from 2007 to 2011. Belgium held the Presidency of the European Union during Leterme’s tenure as Prime Minister. He then served as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation... Read More →
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Daniel Popescu

Head of Democratic Governance, Council of Europe

Alexander Sokolowski

Bureau for Europe and Eurasia Deputy Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development

Wednesday July 18, 2018 14:00 - 15:30 GMT+04
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