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Paul Maassen appointed as OGP Civil Society Coordinator


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Source: Hivos

Date: 19 April 2012

Dutch development aid organisation Hivos has appointed Paul Maassen as the first Civil Society Coordinator for the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

Mr Maassen’s main role will be to support and strengthen the work of civil society in OGP countries. In his own words “this means helping them get the right knowledge and contacts for example. But also fostering the learning among countries and across themes.   Next to that I see an important role in linking the OGP experiences and organisations to other T&A initiatives and multi-lateral initiatives. The effect of OGP will be bigger that way. And a last point is that I will work on better interaction and communication among civil society, but also with the members of the Steering Committee (like T/AI).”

According to Mr Maassen, some of his most pressing opportunities will be to work on the aforementioned communication and sharing, then amplifying early successes with the OGP model so other can learn and get inspired.

He also intends to work closely with the new OGP co chair Warren Krafchick and CSO steering committee members on preparing for the London meeting in 2013 and making sure that it has a strong civil society component.

When asked what most excited him about his new role he listed:

  1. “It is about T&A, a cornerstone for better societies and key topic the decade to come, I truly believe in strengthening T&A for better societies.”
  2. “Second, the innovative model of OGP, including CS as equals from day one. Unprecedented and great to be able to work on something new and exciting, revolutionary even.”
  3. “Third, it has technology for development and citizen engagement as cornerstones in the OGP model. That is exactly the area I have my track record and network in. And here it all comes together!”

We welcome Mr Maassen in his new role and look forward to continued collaboration as OGP progresses!


Notes to editors

OGP is an ambitious multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

The initiative was launched in September 2011 by US President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, 6 other governments and 9 founding civil society organizations (CSOs).  Since then the partnership has grown to include a total of 53 governments.

This week the first OGP Annual Meeting took place in Brasilia.

Click here for more information from the Hivos website.

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