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Open Government Partnership: An Interview with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State


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Source: Forbes

Author: Rahim Kanani

Date: 15th August 2011

In a recent in-depth interview with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Forbes discussed the founding and future of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable. Comprised of government and civil society representatives from around the world, and co-chaired by the United States and Brazil in its inaugural year, the OGP had its first high-level meeting in July 2011.

Maria Otero was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs on August 10, 2009. She oversees and coordinates U.S. foreign relations on a variety of global issues, including democracy, human rights, and labor; environment, oceans, health and science; population, refugees, and migration; and monitoring and combating trafficking in persons. She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

Ms. Otero was formerly the president and CEO of ACCION International, a pioneer and leader in microfinance working in 25 countries around the globe. Under Ms. Otero’s tenure as CEO, ACCION’s network of microfinance institutions expanded its reach from serving 460,000 people to over 3.7 million, through a combined portfolio that grew from $274 million to nearly $3.6 billion. She is a leading voice on sustainable microfinance, publishing extensively on the subject and speaking throughout the world on microfinance, women’s issues and poverty alleviation.

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