Bangalore Meet-up for the Open Government Partnership Brasilia

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 12, 2012 01:18 PM
The international Open Government Partnership (OGP) is holding its first annual meeting on April 17 and 18, 2012. Representatives from over 50 member countries will gather in Brasilia to celebrate the progress that has been made to date, to exchange best practices, and to grow and strengthen the global collaborative network of open government leaders. Bangalore meet-up at CIS on April 17, 2012 from 5.30 p.m to 7.30 p.m.

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Apr 17, 2012
from 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

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Those who work on open government initiatives but unable to attend in person, can still participate remotely. OGP has tied-up with a number of external partners to make arrangements for people to participate in the event online.  There will be live webcasts, interviews and chats. Viewers will be able to pose questions to those being interviewed and will be polled in real-time to see who is watching, where they are, what their interests are and what are their thoughts on the programme.

The two day meeting offers an opportunity for open government advocates throughout the world to connect with local civic activists and public officials as well as those working on similar problems in other countries.

The Centre for Internet & Society is hosting the Bangalore meet-up on April 17 and 18, 2012. Get together to watch the live video stream, engage in conversations via live chat, or on Twitter and Facebook for discussing plans to move open government forward in your region.

Click for the full list of countries participating in the event.

8:30-9:30 am Registration & Coffee

9:15-9:30 am Official photo of OGP Member Government Heads of Delegation and Steering Committee Members 

9:30-10:15 am Opening Remarks and Welcome

  • The Honorable Dilma Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America
  • The Honorable Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
  • The Honorable Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia

10:15-10:45 am Setting the Stage for the Age of Open: OGP 2012

  • Minister Jorge Hage, Brazil
  • Under Secretary of State María Otero, United States
  • Warren Krafchik, International Budget Partnership

10:45-11:15 am Coffee and Networking 

11:15-12:30pm Plenary: Using Transparency to Transform Lives Online and Offline

  • Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar, United States
  • Gautam John, Akshara Foundation and TED Fellow,  India
  • Elisabeth Ungar Bleier, Transparency International, Colombia
  • Juliana Rotich, Co-Founder of Ushahidi, Kenya

Moderated by Samantha Power, The White House, United States

12:30-1:30 pm Innovation Village of Regional Government, Private Sector, and Civil Society organizations advancing Open Government 

1:30-2:45 pm Lunch and Networking.

Lunch will be provided onsite at the conference center. 

2:45-5:30 pm Open Government on the Move: The OGP Country Action Plans in Two Parts

In Part I and Part II of regional breakout sessions, government ministers and leading civil society activists will discuss country action plans and how to promote a race to the top on open government in each region.  Highlights from each panel will be transcribed.  Moderators will encourage discussion with the audience following comments from panelists. Governments not presenting in Part I will present in Part II of the regional sessions, from 4:30 to 5:45pm.  Participants presenting in Part II are encouraged to attend the session of their choice during Part I and vice versa.

2:45-4:00pm Country Action Plans PART I 

South America, I

  • Government of Chile
  • Government of Colombia
  • Government of Uruguay
  • Government of Brazil
  • Maria Ferrari Fontecilla, Participa, Chile
  • Edison Lanza, CAInfo, Uruguay

Moderated by Juan Pardinas, IMCO, Mexico

Central America and Caribbean

  • Government of Honduras
  • Government of Guatemala
  • Government of El Salvador
  • Government of Dominican Republic
  • Jose Ricardo Barrientos Quezada, ICEFI, Guatemala
  • Carlos Hernandez, Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa, Honduras

Moderated by Vonda Brown, Open Society Foundation, United States

Africa, I

  • Government of Liberia
  • Government of Ghana
  • Government of South Africa
  • Alison Tilley, Open Democracy Advice Center, South Africa
  • Vitus Azeem, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana

Moderated by Rakesh Rajani, Twaweza, Tanzania


  • Government of Mongolia
  • Government of the Republic of Korea
  • Government of Indonesia
  • Government of Philippines
  • Dorjdari Namkhaijantsan, Open Society Foundation, Mongolia
  • Vincent Lazatin, Transparency and Accountability Network, Philippines

Moderated by Suneeta Kaimal, Revenue Watch Institute

Central Europe

  • Government of Romania
  • Government of Bulgaria
  • Government of the Slovak Republic
  • Government of Czech Republic
  • Gergana Jouleva, Access to Information Program Foundation, Bulgaria
  • Andra Teodora, Fundatia Soros Romania

Moderated by Martin Tisne, Omidyar Network, United Kingdom

Western Europe, I

  • Government of Norway
  • Government of Sweden
  • Government of Denmark
  • CSO Representative TBD
  • CSO Representative TBD

Moderated by Tim Kelsey, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom

Southern Europe, I

  • Government of Albania
  • Government of Montenegro
  • Government of Croatia
  • Government of Macedonia
  • Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance, Croatia
  • Vuk Maras, MANS, Montenegro

Moderated by Warren Krafchik, International Budget Partnership


  • Government of Latvia
  • Government of Lithuania
  • Government of Estonia
  • Rura Mrazauskaite, Transparency International, Lithuania
  • Linda Austere, Center for Public Policy, Latvia

Moderated by Liia Hanni, E-Governance Academy, Estonia

4:00-4:30 pm Coffee and Networking

4:30-5:45 pm Country action plans PART II 

South America, II 

  • Government of Peru
  • Government of Paraguay
  • Government of Mexico
  • Miguel Pulido, Fundar, Mexico
  • Samuel Rotta, Proetica, Peru

Moderator TBD

North America

  • Government of Canada
  • Government of the United States 
  • Patrice McDermott, Coalition, United States
  • Toby Mendel, Center on Law and Democracy, Canada

Moderated by Tara Hidayat, Government of Indonesia

Africa, II

  • Government of Tanzania
  • Government of Kenya
  • John Ulanga, The Foundation for Civil Society, Tanzania
  • George Kegoro, International Commission of Jurists, Kenya

Moderated by Zohra Dawood, Open Society Foundation South Africa

Middle East

  • Government of Israel
  • Government of Jordan
  • Professor Tamar Hermann, Israeli Democracy Institute, Israel
  • CSO representative TBD

Moderated by Anthony Richter, Transparency and Accountability Initiative

Northeastern Europe

  • Government of Ukraine
  • Government of Moldova
  • Serghei Ostaf, National NGO Council, Moldova
  • Khmara Oleksii, Civic Partnership for Supporting OGP in Ukraine

Moderated by Tom Blanton, National Security Archive, United States

Western Europe, II

  • Government of the United Kingdom
  • Government of the Netherlands
  • Government of Spain
  • Government of Italy
  • Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation, United Kingdom
  • Marjan Besuijen, Hivos, Netherlands

Moderated by Alan Hudson, ONE Campaign

Southern Europe, II 

  • Government of Greece
  • Government of Malta
  • Government of Turkey
  • CSO representative TBD
  • CSO representative TBD

Moderated by Håkon Arald Gulbrandsen, Government of Norway 

South Caucasus 

  • Government of Armenia
  • Government of Georgia
  • Government of Azerbaijan
  • Eka Gigauri, Transparency International Georgia
  • Galib Abbaszade, National Budget Group, Azerbaijan
  • Liana Doydoyan, FOI Centre, Armenia 

Moderated by Jonas Moberg, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Norway

5:45-6:30 pm First Day Closing Remarks

7:00-9:30 pm Celebrating Open Government: A Reception hosted by the Government of Brazil and Omidyar Network.

The reception is onsite at the Convention Center.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

9:00-10:00 am OPENING Plenary: Responsibility and Challenges that Come with Openness

  • Walid al-Saqaf, & Alkasir, Yemen
  • Minister Francis Maude, United Kingdom
  • Secretary of State Ben Abbes, Tunisia
  • Fernando Rodrigues, Folha de São Paulo, Brazil

Moderated by Alex Howard, O’Reilly Media, United States

10:00-10:30 am Coffee and Networking

10:30-12:30 pm Thematic Breakout Sessions: Paths to Openness

Participants choose one of five breakout sessions to attend in the morning block of thematic discussions. Follow Sessions 1 or 2 in the morning and afternoon blocks for in-depth discussions on one topic, explored from three perspectives: government, civil society, and the private sector.

Access to Information: Government Perspectives

  • Vania Vieira, CGU, Government of Brazil
  • Dr. Ali M. Abbasov, Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, Government of Azerbaijan
  • Government of Liberia
  • Pierre Boucher, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada

Moderated by Laura Neuman, The Carter Center, United States

Lessons Learned in Service Delivery: Government Perspectives

  • Minister Mathias Chikawe, Government of Tanzania
  • Ms. Marie Munk, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economy and the Interior, Government of Denmark
  • Government of Estonia (invited)
  • Permanent Secretary Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Government of Kenya 

Moderated by Mark Robinson, DFID/Transparency and Accountability Initiative, UK

Networking Mechanism Affinity Group: Open Data Portals

  • Steve Davenport, AidDATA, United States
  • Tim Kelsey, Director of Transparency & Open Data, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
  • Marko Rakar, Windmill, Croatia
  • Eric Gunderson, Development Seed, United States

Moderated by Abhinav Bahl, Global Integrity/OGP Networking Mechanism

Networking Mechanism Affinity Group: Public Finance Management and Fiscal Transparency 

  • Iara Pietricovsky, INESC, Brazil
  • Secretary Butch Abad, Government of Philippines 
  • Dr. Brian Wrampler, Boise State University, United States

Moderated by Nicole Anand, Global Integrity/OGPNetworking Mechanism

Advancing Open Government through Knowledge Exchange

  • Roberto Perez, IACC, Latin America, invited
  • Ms. Stela Mocan, Director e- Government Center, Government of Moldova 
  • Miguel Pulido, Fundar, Mexico
  • Prayoga Wiradisuria, President's Delivery Unit, Government of Indonesia
  • Eric Braverman, McKinsey, United States

Moderated by Han Fraeters, World Bank Institute

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch and Networking.

Lunch will be provided onsite at the conference center. 

2:00-4:00 pm Thematic Breakout Sessions: More Paths to Openness

Participants choose one of five breakout sessions to attend in the afternoon block of thematic discussions. 

Access to Information: Civil Society and Private Sector Perspectives 

Panel I: Civil Society Perspectives

  • Karin Lissakers, Revenue Watch Institute
  • Alison Tilley, Open Democracy Advice Center, South Africa 
  • Ivan Pavlov, Freedom of Information Foundation, Russia
  • Karina Banfi, Alianza Regional Por La Libre Expresion e Informacion, Latin America

Moderated by Helen Darbishire, AccessInfo Europe, Spain

Panel II: Private Sector Perspectives

  • Alexandre Gomes, SEA Technologia, Brazil
  • Chris Taggart, Open Corporates, United Kingdom
  • Jose Francisco Compagno, Ernst and Young 
  • Ginny Hunt, Google, United States

Moderated by Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation, United Kingdom 

Lessons Learned in Service Delivery: Civil Society and Private Sector Perspectives

Part I: Civil Society Perspectives

  • Jose Ricardo Barrientos Quezada, ICEFI, Guatemala
  • Felipe Heusser, Ciudadano Inteligente, Chile
  • Nikhil Dey, MKSS, India
  • Harvey Lowe, Canadian Council on Social Development, Canada

Moderated by Rakesh Rajani, Twaweza, Tanzania

Part II: Private Sector Perspectives

  • Philip Ashlock, OpenPlans/Open311, United States
  • Jorge Soto, Citivox, Mexico
  • Tom Steinberg, MySociety, United Kingdom, invited
  • Michael Gurstein, Center for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training, Canada

Moderated by Rakesh Rajani, Twaweza, Tanzania

Open Government and Legislatures

Part I: Legislative Perspectives

  • Representative Paulo Pimenta, Brazil
  • Denis Russo,Votenaweb, Brazil
  • Laura Alonso, Legislature of City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Cristiano Ferri Soares de Faria, e-Democracy Program Director, Brazilian House of Representatives, Brazil

Moderated by Gherardo Casini, Head of Global Center for ICT in Parliaments, United Nations

Part II: Civil Society Perspectives

  • Andrew Mandelbaum, National Democratic Institute, United States
  • John Wonderlich, Sunlight Foundation, United States
  • Danardono Siradjudin, Indonesian Parliamentary Center, Indonesia
  • Melissa Ortiz Masso, Latin American Network on Legislative Transparency, Latin America

Moderated by Tiago Peixoto, World Bank Open Government Specialist

Measuring for Impact: How to build the case for Open Government 

  • Rolf Alter, OECD, France
  • Nikos Passas, Northeastern University, United States/Greece
  • Jorge Garcia-Gonzalez, Director of Technical Secretariat of MESICIC, Organization of American States, Latin America 
  • Harlan Yu, Princeton University, United States

Moderated by Martin Tisne, Omidyar Network, United Kingdom

Learning from Country Consultations to Date: New Strategies for Public Engagement

  • Samuel Rotta, Proetica, Peru
  • Chris Vein, The White House, United States
  • Khmara Oleksii, Civic Partnership for Supporting OGP in Ukraine 
  • Government of Philippines, invited

Moderated by Warren Krafchik, International Budget Partnership, United States

4:00-4:30 pm Coffee and Networking 

4:30-5:00 pm Report from Working Group on Meeting Outcomes 

5:00-6:00 pm OGP at Home: Closing Remarks with OGP Leadership

  • Vice-Minister Luiz Navarro, Brazil
  • Samantha Power, White House, United States
  • Warren Krafchik, International Budget Partnership
  • Tim Kelsey, Director of Transparency and Open Data, Cabinet Office United Kingdom

Note: Brazil's local time is approximately eight and half hours behind us. The welcome address on April 17th starts at 9:30 A.M (B.R.T) which is approximately 5:00 P.M (I.S.T).

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