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Theophilous Chiviru

Senior Regional Coordinator, Africa and the Middle East

Theophilous Chiviru joined the OGP Support Unit in February 2017 as Government Support & Exchange Officer for Africa. He holds an honours degree in Development Studies from Midlands State University and an MPhil in Multidisciplinary Human Rights from the University of Pretoria. He has worked on research, advocacy and campaigns programs in the area of human rights, good governance and democracy; working for organisations such as Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa), Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Young Professional Research Initiative (YPRI), Save the Children Sweden and Save the Children International. Prior to joining OGP he was a Policy Manager for Transparency and Accountability at ONE Campaign leading their work in Africa.

Theophilous is driven by the need to strengthen and consolidate human rights, good and open governance through strong state institutions and a vibrant civic society that holds government accountable.

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Cabo Verde Parliaments Workshop 1

Parliament Paving the Way: Co-Creation in Cabo Verde

Every so often, simple ideas simply work. When Cabo Verde’s National Assembly set out to break down barriers to citizen engagement, they got out the sledgehammer.

Africa’s Youth Demand Better Governments

Young people in Africa currently make up 60% of the continent’s population. This young growing population is demanding accountability, better and responsible government across the continent. Recently,I met Mfundo, a 21-year-old young man who became a breadwinner of his family…

Is Open Government a solution to ending poverty in Africa?

    As an African who lives on the continent and works in the development sector, I am troubled by the persistent poverty many live in. The continent boasts of abundant natural resources and a vibrant and talented young population,…

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