Advocating for Open Government: Civil Society Organizations’ Seminar

September 5, 2014

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This September 26 seminar in Sarajevo will provide civil society organizations from BiH with insight into different approaches to open government advocacy and provide space for an exchange of experiences in this realm.

The seminar will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014, from 09:00h in Hotel Europe, Sarajevo.

In the past years, civil society organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been implementing a number of advocacy activities towards open government and the promotion of principles of government transparency, meaningful public participation in decision-making processes and more accountable governance. Although certain improvements in this area have been achieved, CSOs are still faced with a number of challenges, including strenuous access to public information, frequently ineffective mechanisms of engagement in policy-making processes, and an overall lack of strategic commitment of public institutions towards open government. In June 2014, the Council of Ministers BiH has appointed relevant state institutions to undertake activities needed for Bosnia and Herzegovina to join the Open Government Partnership – OGP initiative. The country’s participation in the OGP would mean that public authorities take on concrete obligations towards openness, as well as cooperate with civil society in developing an action plan as part of the initiative.

Reflecting upon the Open Government Partnership and other initiatives that promote open government policies, this seminar’s aim is to provide CSOs with insight into different approaches to open government advocacy and provide space for an exchange of experiences in this realm. The seminar consists of four interactive sessions during which presenters will discuss advocacy concepts and techniques, as well as offer practical examples of civil society campaigns in the transparency and accountability realm, such as campaigns for Open Government Partnership in Austria and Germany. Presenters will also discuss challenges of organizing civil society organizations into joint coalitions and networks, of developing effective advocacy strategies for open government policies, as well as challenges of communication and cooperation with public authorities in this realm. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of current advocacy activities in BiH, as well as future priorities for opening up government.

This seminar is intended for civil society organizations from BiH that advocate for the principles of open government.

You can apply by sending an email to selma.zulic@analitika.ba or you can contact us by phone at (+ 387) 33 838 547.

Due to a limited number of available seats, those interested to participate should confirm their attendance before Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

PRESENTERS

Eóin Young, International Centre for Policy Advocacy
Walter Palmetshofer, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany
Maja Branković, Transparency International BiH
Dragan Koprivica, Center for Democratic Transition, Montenegro
Eldin Karić, Anti-Corruption Civic Organizations’ Unified Network ACCOUNT
Nermina Voloder, Center for Social Research Analitika

DRAFT PROGRAM

Working Language: Languages of BiH and English, translation provided.

 

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09.30 – 11.00 Advocating for Open Government: Approaches, Techniques and Strategies, Eóin Young (International Centre for Policy Advocacy)

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 13.00 Advocating for Open Government Standards: Reflections on Campaigns in Austria and Germany, Walter Palmetshofer (Open Knowledge Foundation Germany)

13.00 – 14.00 Joint Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Regional Perspective on Open Government: Case of Montenegro, Dragan Koprivica (Center for Democratic Transition, Montenegro) (TBC)

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee Break

15.15 – 16.30 Advocating for Open Government in BiH: Current Efforts and Next Steps, Eldin Karić (Anti-Corruption Civic Organizations’ Unified Network ACCOUNT), Maja Branković (Transparency International BiH), Nermina Voloder (Center for Social Research Analitika)

 

This seminar is organized as part of the regional project “Advocacy for Open Government: Supporting the Right to Know in South East Europe.” The project’s main aim is to advocate for open government principles and monitors progress of governments with respect to country commitments towards the OGP in six Western Balkan countries: Albania, BiH, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The project is led by the Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS) from Prague, and implemented by policy research organizations in the six countries. The seminar is also organized as part of the activities of a non-governmental coalition that advocates for BiH to join the OGP (for more, please go to the following LINK).

This conference is organized with the financial support of the European Union and Open Society Fund BiH.

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