How to respond to COVID-19 through open government
Part of the Open Response + Open Recovery series

Free Online Workshop Recording
The workshop was in English with live interpretation in French 🇫🇷, Spanish 🇪🇸 and Korean 🇰🇷

Countries around the world are facing unprecedented challenges from COVID-19, and the need for openness, transparency, inclusion and accountability have rarely been greater.

We know that those working in government are looking for ways to share information and connect with others in order to improve the global COVID-19 response.

That’s why Apolitical and the Co-Chairs of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee co-hosted this workshop on how to use open government practices to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to eventually move towards open and effective recovery efforts.

This workshop kicked off the OGP Open Response + Open Recovery series Digital Forum, a series of digital events happening on 5-8th May on a range of open government issues, including: public service delivery, open procurement, data privacy, and more.

What you’ll learn:

  • Why transparency is more important than ever before
  • Real-life examples of how to respond to COVID-19 through open government
  • How governments can remain open in times of crisis

Who you’ll hear from:

Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and UNDP Administrator
Helen Clark is a respected global leader on sustainable development, gender equality and international cooperation. She served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. While in government, she led policy debates on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change.

Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership
Sanjay Pradhan joined the Open Government Partnership in May 2016. Sanjay supports the countries, local governments and thousands of civil society organisations working to make governments more open, participatory and less corrupt. He leads OGP’s policy dialogue with Heads of States, senior ministers and civil society organisations across the partnership, and serves as OGP’s global spokesperson.

Robin Hodess, Governance Director at The B Team
As Governance Director, Robin engages companies in efforts to prevent corruption and improve corporate governance, contribute to responsible tax practice and protect civic freedoms. She also helps drive The B Team’s strategic planning and incubation of new work, drawing upon her two decades of leadership, advocacy and research experience across transparency, accountability and social justice.

César Gazzo Huck, Undersecretary of Open Government and Digital Nation at the Chief of Cabinet of Minister of Argentina
César Gazzo Huck is Undersecretary of Open Government and Digital Nation at the Chief of Cabinet of Ministers since December 2019. He is in charge of the open government, open data, digital country, digital government and digital services agendas, as well as the coordination of these areas between the national government and the provincial and municipal governments. Currently, he leads the co-presidency of Argentina in the Open Government Partnership. He has vast experience in technology, both in the private sector and in the sub-national public sector.

Jae-Young Lee, Deputy Minister of the Interior and Safety, South Korea
Jae-Young Lee serves as Deputy Minister of the Interior and Safety of the Government of the Republic of Korea. He leads government innovation to make a positive impact on citizens’ lives. Recognizing the importance of open government values and principles to enhance public services and win trust, he plays a key role in designing cross-government innovation strategy and initiatives in line with transparency, citizen participation and anti-corruption. Prior to his current position at the ministry, he served as Vice Governor of Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province) where he improved public services at the local level.

Who should watch:

This workshop is for anyone working in or with government who is interested in hearing about why and how to open government during COVID-19. It’s suitable for any level, from open government novices to subject specialists.