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Why Gender, Why Now

At 83 years old, my mother is vibrant and full of life. As she reminisces on her life, she says, I really wanted to be a lawyer, but could not.  In her youth in my home state of Bihar –…

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How – Together – We Can Break the Roles

There are women who were the first….. Women who demanded justice… Women who defied silence…. And upended expectations… But this isn’t a story about some of us. This is a story about how we all move past the stereotypes that…


Do We Trust Democracy? A Future Agenda for Europe

The European election of 2019 is said to be a watershed moment that will ask voters to choose between more or less Europe, between inclusion and diversity or exclusion and nationalism, and between societies that are more open or more closed.

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Stopping the Next Wolf of Wall Street: A Global Solution

This blog is also published on GovInsider. When the producers of Wolf of Wall Street, a movie about rampant corruption and fraud at the expense of investors, settled with the U.S Justice Department for $60m in March this year, it…

Lessons from Reformers: Municipal budget and spending data for water in the Netherlands

Starting in 2015, Dutch local governments began providing financial data through a web portal at However, this data was initially only available at the aggregate level, making it difficult to access critical detailed and local information...

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Lessons from Reformers: The case for open contracting in infrastructure

According to the International Monetary Fund, the inefficiencies in public infrastructure—as measured by the gap between the level of public investment and the coverage/quality of the resulting infrastructure— amounts to around 30%...

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Lessons from Reformers: Latvia

This case study was originally posted in the OGP Global Report. As part of the Soviet Union, Latvia did not have a tradition of civil society organizations. After becoming an independent country in 1991, while the economy grew and developed,…

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Lessons from Reformers: Serbia

Serbia’s first OGP action plan (2014–2016) had an explicitly ambitious commitment on the transparent funding of CSOs. It aimed to make transparent the public funding that CSOs received from the government...

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