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María Baron

Directorio Legislativo

María Baron is the Global Executive Director of Directorio Legislativo in Argentina. She is a journalist, has received a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna, Italy, and is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. She is also a Fulbright-APSA Congressional Fellow and holder of the 2013 NDI’s Civic Innovator Prize. She has worked for civil society nonprofit organizations in Argentina and abroad with the aim of reducing unethical practices of lawmakers and public officials. María initiated and currently chairs the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency composed of 24 organizations in 12 countries of the region. She has published nine editions of Directorio Legislativo. Quiénes son nuestros legisladores y cómo nos representan.

With her team at Directorio, María developed a methodology around building consensus across polarized stakeholders on different issues and has managed to bring many of those agreements to Congress where they were signed into laws.

Within Directorio Legislativo she created the Regulatory Alert Service, which by using political analytics they can predict changes in regulation in 19 countries of the Hemisphere.

María has been a civil society member of the OGP Steering Committee since 2016. She is the currently serving as the Lead Civil Society Co-Chair (2020 – 2021).

María’s second on the OGP Steering Committee is Michelle Voplin.

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Faces of Open Government: María Baron

On October 1, 2020, María Baron and the Government of the Republic of Korea started their year as Co-Chairs of the OGP Steering Committee, providing guidance and support to the Partnership as it tackles ...

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A New Order for Civil Society Organizations?

Amid uncertainty over the advance of COVID-19, the only thing for sure is that nothing, or very little, will stay the same.

Parliaments as Partners for Open Government Reform

At OGP, we want to see more parliaments lead, championing OGP principles, and more parliaments working with civil society to put citizens back at the heart of government.

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