Media Briefing: OGP Welcomes Theo Chiviru to its Africa-Based Staff
Washington DC, February 16, 2017 – Open Government Partnership (OGP) is happy to announce the addition of Theophilous Chiviru to its staff as Government Support & Exchange Officer for Africa. In this role, he will support OGP countries in Africa to develop and implement high quality, relevant and ambitious OGP National Action Plans, thereby potentially improving the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the continent.
Chiviru joins OGP from ONE, where he worked on several successful anti-corruption campaigns. “By facilitating cooperation between reformers in government, the private sector and civil society, the OGP framework has great potential to really improve citizens’ lives,” Chiviru said. “Several African governments including Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya have chosen to use the OGP framework to make National Action Plan commitments on beneficial ownership, open contracting, financial transparency and civic participation. I look forward to supporting them so that these potentially transformative commitments become reality. I also believe open governance has a huge role to play in enabling the marginalised, especially youth involvement in government and correcting gender imbalances experienced not only in Africa but around the world, as this is very important to me.”
Chiviru comes to OGP at a fortuitous time, with Nigeria and Burkina Faso having joined the partnership in 2016, Access to Information laws recently passed as part of OGP National Action Plans in Kenya and Malawi, and a growing number of francophone African countries expressing interest in joining the partnership.
OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan welcomed Chiviru’s arrival. “With twelve participating African governments and thousands of civil society groups actively involved in OGP, Theo’s skills and experience will be in high demand. By opening the doors to government and creating permanent dialogue for decision making, we will start to see improvements in the delivery of such fundamental basic human rights as education and healthcare, as well as the protection of civic space and stronger anti-corruption measures. Theo’s support in facilitating the delivery of open government reforms will be extremely valuable.”
Based in Pretoria, South Africa, Chiviru will work closely with Nairobi-based Maureen Kariuki, who oversees civil society engagement on OGP in Africa and the Middle East.
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The 12 African OGP partner governments are: Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Tunisia as well as three subnational governments: Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya and Kigoma, Tanzania.
Further Information about OGP in Africa: OGP Africa Commitments to Watch, blog from May 2016 by Joseph Foti, OGP Program Director, Independent Reporting Mechanism
OGP was formally launched on September 20, 2011, on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting, when eight heads of state, along with nine civil society leaders, endorsed the Open Government Declaration and published the first cohort of OGP National Action Plans.
Today OGP is composed of 75 national governments, 15 subnational governments, seven multilateral organizations, and thousands of civil society organizations who together have made over 3,000 commitments towards open government reforms to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make governments more open, effective, and accountable to citizens around the world.
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