OGP Steering Committee

Civil Society Members

Current Civil Society Steering Committee Members

  • Manish Bapna, World Resources Institute,
  • Maria Baron, Directorio Legislativo
  • Helen Darbishire, Access Info Europe
  • Mukelani Dimba, International School for Transparency (Lead Co-Chair, 2017-2018)
  • Aidan Eyakuze, Twaweza
  • Nathaniel Heller, Results for Development (Incoming Co-Chair, 2018-2019)
  • Robin Hodess, The B Team
  • Suneeta Kaimal, Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Giorgi Kldiashvili, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information
  • Tur-Od Lkhagvajav, Asia Democracy Network
  • Zuzana Wienk, Fair Play Alliance

You can read the biographies of the above members here.

Role of Steering Committee (Articles of Governance)

Purpose: The OGP Steering Committee (SC) is the executive, decision-making body of the initiative. The main role of the SC is to develop, promote and safeguard the values, principles and interests of OGP. It also establishes the core ideas, policies, and rules of the partnership, and oversees the functioning of the partnership. It manages, in an open and transparent manner, the entry, rotation, and exit of OGP stakeholders. Under the leadership of its co-chairs, the SC plans and manages its major meetings and actions between meetings.

Functions: As an executive body and through its subcommittees, the SC does the following:

  • Provides leadership by example for OGP in terms of domestic commitments, action plan progress, participation in the annual conference, and other international opportunities to promote open government;
  • Sets the agenda and direction of OGP, with principled commitment to the founding nature and goals of the initiative;
  • Manages stakeholder membership, including eligibility and participation;
  • Conducts ongoing outreach with both governments and civil society organizations;
  • Provides intellectual and financial support, including through in-kind and human resource support; and
  • Sets and secures the OGP budget.

Specific responsibilities of Civil Society Steering Committee members

The OGP Civil Society Steering Committee members have further specified their responsibilities. The two most relevant responsibilities are:

  • To perform the international governance role for OGP in the Steering Committee (as described above in section 1);
  • To represent the concerns and  interests of the international OGP civil society community in the Steering Committee.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Champion and articulate core OGP ideas and values on the global stage, particularly protecting and promoting engagement of civil society;
  • Link and leverage the OGP to other relevant global movements;
  • Advance the open government agenda and the OGP process in the country/region in which you work;
  • Participate in and add demonstrable value to in-person and virtual OGP and SC meetings and to the subcommittees of which one is a member, including participating in the calls and in-person meetings of the civil society members of the SC;
  • Represent the Steering Committee and OGP at national, regional and international meetings;
  • Provide political and technical support to advance the OGP process at the country level, conducting outreach to new countries and supporting existing processes;
  • Effectively promote open government to the broader civil society community.

Qualifications and key attributes of Civil Society Steering Committee members

The key requirements for the civil society members of the Steering Committee are:

  • Ability to engage strategically at the global level, in particular exercise good judgement and engage effectively with senior government and civil society members;
  • Read and represent the concerns and interests of the civil society community;
  • Powerfully and clearly articulate core OGP issues.

Other requirements include:

  • Long-term experience in civil society/grounding and legitimacy in national, regional and/or international networks;
  • Experience in at least one and preferably more areas of the Open Government Partnership Declaration (transparency, accountability, citizen engagement and/or smart use of technology);
  • Live up to the OGP principles by practicing high levels of openness, integrity and accountability (e.g. disclosure of annual plan/budget, publishing audited accounts)
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, ability to consistently meet tight deadlines;
  • Proficiency in English required, as that is the working language of the Steering Committee;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills; desire to work as part of a small, virtual team;
  • Possessing skills that can advance a civil society agenda in the context of current OGP challenges;
  • Thoughtful, good listener, humble, projects quiet strength, elicits respect;
  • Ability to dedicate ½ day a week to OGP – with intensity increasing around SC meetings and other OGP meetings;
  • Ability to travel internationally - OGP has 2-3 in-person Steering Committee meetings per year of 2-4 days each.

Selections for Civil Society Steering Committee members

An archive of all applications received is available here.


For questions, please write to info@opengovpartnership.org