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Mukelani Dimba

Head of Development, International School for Transparency

Mukelani Dimba is the Head of Development at the International School for Transparency.   He previously served as Executive Director of the Open Democracy Advice Center (ODAC), a South African law center that specializes in freedom of information and whistleblower protection laws. Mukelani has experience in accountability and transparency issues in South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Egypt. His work includes advising civil society groups on campaigning for, and application of, right-to-information laws, advising legislators on drafting these laws, advising governments on implementation and monitoring strategies and conducting research on behalf of development agencies.

Mukelani is a co-founder of the South Africa’s National Information Officers’ Forum and is  a member of the board of directors of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (South Africa) He is a member of the advisory council of the Council for Advancement of the South African Constitution and is faculty member of the International School for Transparency, a joint project of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the Södertörn University (Sweden). He has previously served as chairperson of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (Uganda) and the advisory board of Open Society Foundations’ Right-To-Information Fund (USA).

Mukelani was OGP Civil Society Co-Chair from 2017 – 2018.

You can follow him on Twitter @MukelaniSD.

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