Open Response + Open Recovery: New resources and Access to Justice webinar from OGP

Hi all, sharing the below update from OGP. Great new resources, including a new policy guide on justice and an upcoming webinar on access to justice featuring many members of our community @mburnett @Kembabazi @deniseddora @mahajweied

Last week @OGP formally launched a new campaign - Open Response + Open Recovery - to highlight the ways in which transparency, accountability, inclusivity, and public participation can make a difference. While I encourage you to look at the campaign page for a broader look, I wanted to draw your attention to and invite you to participate in two events that will be occurring during a Digital Forum next week. A key part of the campaign, the Digital Forum is designed to facilitate conversations around government responses to the pandemic and how to move towards open and effective recovery efforts.

The opening webinar is on Tuesday 5 May, 7am-8am ET , and will include our lead OGP co-chairs (Argentina and Robin Hodess);representation from the Government of Korea, which has had one of the most effective responses using open approaches; OGP Ambassador Helen Clark; and our CEO Sanjay Pradhan. You can register for the opening webinar (in partnership with Apolitical) here.

We then have five sessions on topics including open spending and budgeting, open data and access to information, health services, digital governance and access to justice. The access to justice webinar, organized in partnership with OSJI, is on Thursday 7 May, 8:00 ET. You can register for that webinar [here](Webinar Registration - Zoom) (please note that each of the webinars has a separate registration link.) The speakers are below. I am grateful to Maha Jweied for her excellent work in helping pull this together, and to OSJI for leading the webinar.

  • Moderator: Matthew Burnett, Policy Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Panelists:
    • Susan McDonald, Principal Researcher, Department of Justice Canada
    • Lydia Winyi Kembabazi, Legal Manager, AdvocAid, Sierra Leone
    • Mohammad Nabi Waqar, Country Director, The ILF - Afghanistan
    • Denise Dora, Brazil

Finally, we are also rolling out a revamped version of the Open Gov Guide for the pandemic, offering practical guidance and tools in key thematic areas. Please see the policy guide on justice here, which reflects significant input from Pathfinders and Namati. We would like to keep the guide updated and would welcome additional recommendations from you. Please do share the guide with your country-level networks.