Renewing Open Government in South Africa: Progress and Innovation

Other — Seminar/Panel

South Africa — May 20, 2022 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm GMT+02:00

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Partner — Interim OGP Steering Committee, South Africa and Civic Tech Innovation Network

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Renewing Open Government in South Africa: Progress and Innovation

Important steps are being taken with respect to open government in South Africa, in response to calls for increased accountability, good governance and the combating of corruption.

In December 2020, South Africa submitted its 4th Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an international, multilateral initiative launched in 2011 that aims to secure concrete commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At the same time, South Africa is developing a National Plan of Action (NPoA) to address the governance challenges highlighted in the recent Second Generation Review Report to the African Peer Review Mechanism and recommendations from the Zondo Commission, which highlighted the need to strengthen the rule of law and reinforce good governance.

With these initiatives in mind, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA),and the OGP Interim Steering Committee for South Africa and the Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) are hosting an online convening to explore opportunities for renewing open government and supporting innovative responses to governance challenges in South Africa.
As a valued stakeholder in promoting accountable governance and supporting civic innovation, we would like to invite you to speak or make a short presentation of about 10 minutes on key policy or technology initiatives your department or organisation is implementing related to open or responsive government.

Following the presentations, we will hold an interactive session with webinar participants to source ideas and questions for discussion and to develop a deeper understanding of what needs to be included in emerging open government activities.

Date: Friday, 20 May 2022 at 14h00 – 15h30 CAT/ SAST

With your input during the session we hope to strengthen our collective interventions to renew and related multi-stakeholder work in South Africa.

Regards,

OGP South Africa Interim Steering Committee:
Patrick Sokhela (DPSA)
Gcino Mlaba (DPSA)
Zukiswa Kota (PSAM)
Paul Plantinga (HSRC)
Tshenolo Tshoaedi (CAOSA)
Gabriella Razzano (OpenUp)
Mashudu Masutha (Corruption Watch)

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