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Innovating Government on a Global Stage - OGP Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) Supplement

Innovating Government on a Global Stage - OGP Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) Supplement

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This special supplement includes nine articles produced for the Open Government Partnership. OGP is a new effort to foster greater transparency and accountability, improve governance, and increase civic engagement worldwide.
This special supplement includes nine articles produced for the Open Government Partnership. OGP is a new effort to foster greater transparency and accountability, improve governance, and increase civic engagement worldwide.

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Transorming Multilateralism: Innovation on a Global StageBy Jeremy M. Weinstein
The Open Government Partnership seeks to build more transparent, eective, and accountablegovernments that empower citizens and respond to their democratic aspirations.
Shattering Decades o US Diplomatic ProtocolBy Maria Otero & Caroline Mauldin
The US Under Secretary o State or Democracy and Global Aairs explains why OGP breaksthe mold o international engagement—or the State Department, oreign ministries, and civilsociety organizations.
Innovating Modern Democracy, in Brazil and GloballyBy Jorge Hage
Brazil was among the rst countries to join OGP. The partnership represents a global challengeor government and civil society stakeholders to advance the concept o 21st-century democracy.
Advocacy rom the Inside: The Role o Civil SocietyBy Warren Krachik
 What does it mean or civil society to have a seat—and an equal voice—at OGP’s table?
The UK’s Transparency AgendaBy Jane Dudman
Francis Maude, the UK minister responsible or public transparency, and Simon Burall, a Britishcivil society leader, discuss the potential impacts o OGP in the UK.
Tanzania’s Transparency AgendaBy Elsie Eyakuze
Matthias Chikawe, Justice Minister o Tanzania, and Rakesh Rajani, a Tanzanian civil society leader, discuss the potential impacts o OGP in Tanzania.
Philanthropy Can Catalyze an Open Government MovementBy Martin Tisné
OGP is energizing the global open government discussion, while developing new norms andstandards—something donors should support.
India in Open Government and Open Government in IndiaBy Nikhil Dey & Aruna Roy
India’s absence rom OGP underscores the larger challenges o harnessing international net- works to support domestic activism.
Building a Global Norm on Open GovernmentBy Aryeh Neier
The establishment o OGP suggests the emergence o a new norm or governance, based ontransparency and collaboration.
This sponsored supplement, “InnovatingGovernment on a Global Stage,” was producedby the
 Stanford Social Innovation Review
orthe Open Government Partnership. OGP isa new eort to oster greater transparency and accountability, improve governance, andincrease civic engagement worldwide.
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nside the Dwight D. Eisenhower Execu-tive Oce Building, across the driveway rom the West Wing, hundreds o WhiteHouse staers work endless hours, gluedto their desks inside small cramped o-ces, covering everything on the president’sagenda, rom housing and education to non-prolieration and terrorism. Amid the daily routine o meetings, memos, and more meet-ings, it can be easy to overlook the signicanceo the work and to ignore the historical gran-deur o the physical surroundings. But thereare days that stand out rom the blur o timeon the White House sta—when the power o  whats possible at the highest levels o govern-ment is visible in the kernel o a new idea.I remember one o those days very clearly:January 21, 2011. We were gathered in the Sec-retary o War Room, seated around an ornatemahogany table. We had cleared our sched-ules or what seemed like an unprecedentedday and a hal o time, just to think. And we were joined by an amazing cast o charactersrom across the developed and developing world—government ministers shorn o theirstaers and talking points, leaders o interna-tional movements with networks spanningthe continents, and grassroots activists car-rying their experiences o pressing or socialchange into the halls o power.The rst ew hours o our time were ded-icated to storytelling. The ocus was on gov-ernance, an opaque, sometimes uzzy topicthat could be boiled down to somethingquite simple: how to build more transpar-ent, eective, and accountable governmentsthat empower citizens and are responsive totheir aspirations.Jorge Hage, the Comptroller Generalo Brazil, shared the story o Brazil’s ghtagainst corruption. He told o the trans-ormation o a government bureaucracy known or patronage, bribe taking, and ine-ciency into one that today is widely viewedas a model o innovation and reorm. New laws and bureaucratic institutions havebeen central to the change, butso have a set o unique Brazilianinnovations: random, public au-dits o municipal expenditures;participatory budgeting that en-gages citizens in priority setting;and the creative use o technol-ogy to promote extraordinary levels o openness.Kuntoro Mangkusubruto,head o the President’s Delivery Unit in In-donesia, provided a powerul example o harnessing transparency and technology toensure that unds provided to Indonesia inthe atermath o the 2004 tsunami reachedthose who most desperately needed support.Every dollar received in aid could be trackedto the individual recipient, the house that wasbuilt, or the school or health clinic that was re-stored—and the act that people could accessthis inormation on an online dashboard gen-erated an unparalleled level o citizen over-sight and monitoring o the reconstruction.Nikhil Dey, a leader o the right-to-inormation movement in India, describedhow even the simplest technologies could beused to reduce corruption and ensure that so-cial programs benet intended recipients. Heshowed pictures o locally produced muralsthat record the beneciaries o governmentprograms in each rural community, mak-ing ully visible, or example, people who hadmoved to urban areas but were still receivinga guaranteed payment or rural employment.Over several hours, we heard inspiringstories rom around the globe: initiatives to
Transforming Multilateralism:
Innovation on aGlobal Stage
is associateproessor o political science, seniorellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute orInternational Studies, and Ford-DorseyDirector o the Center or Arican Studiesat Stanord University. Between 2009 and2011, he served as director or develop-ment and democracy on the NationalSecurity Council sta at the White House,where he was a principal architect o theOpen Government Partnership.
The Open Government Partnership seeks to buildmore transparent, eective, and accountablegovernments that empower citizens and respondto their democratic aspirations.

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