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The 2016 Open Government Partnership Africa Regional Meeting runs from 5 May to 6 May and is preceded by a Civil Society Day and OGP Points of Contact Conference, which will take place on 4 May. Plenary sessions will be livestreamed here (please check the bottom of the event page for a video embed). The theme of the meeting is "Open Government for Sustainable Development in Africa." Registration for the event is now closed.
The meeting will include official delegates from African countries currently participating or considering future participation in OGP, public servants from all levels of government, representatives of civil society and nongovernmental organizations, representatives of international, regional and multilateral agencies, the business sector and the academic community.
NRGI team members are helping lead two sessions. Please check the schedule, as event times are subject to change.
Friday, 6 May
9 am-10:30 am
Resource Contract Transparency: A Practical Roadmap
NRGI consultant Charles Young will participate in this workshop, which will explore how to use the OGP to integrate contract transparency in country policies and/or national action plans, and how to implement the commitment or policy. The session aims to highlight the impact and realities of disclosing contracts in the African context, and intends to underline how contract transparency is crucial for meaningful citizen engagement.
1:30 pm-3 pm
The EITI and OGP
NRGI COO Suneeta Kaimal will help moderate this panel session, which aims to share lessons for OGP from multi-stakeholders initiatives like EITI and to discuss the complementarity of the two initiatives. Panelists will discuss the challenges faced by civil society in Africa in developing and implementing commitments in the extractive sector with governments and will share their country experience in including an EITI-related commitment in their national action plans.
The Open Government Partnership currently includes 10 participating African countries that have committed to making open government reforms in close coordination with civil society. The Regional Meeting will serve as a space for participants from these and other African countries considering future participation in the OGP to highlight good practices and successful initiatives, discuss challenges being faced, establish support and build on regional peer exchange mechanisms.