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Theo Chiviru

Regional Lead, Africa and the Middle East

Theo Chiviru joined the OGP Support Unit in 2017 and is currently the Regional Lead, Africa and the Middle East. He is responsible for team management, strategic leadership, advocacy, and establishing a wide range of partnerships with multilateral organizations, civil society, and governments in the region. Theo is also supporting OGP members, both government and civil society, to develop and implement open government reforms.

Before joining OGP, Theo was a Policy Manager for Transparency and Accountability at One Campaign. He led policy projects and government engagements on governance, debt, public service delivery, and financing development in Africa. He has managed research, advocacy, and policy programs working with the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa), Catholic Bishops’ Conference and, Save the Children Sweden. Theo is also a co-founder of New Thinking Development. This start-up initiative encourages collective action between government, business, and civil society to promote citizen-focused innovation and policymaking in Zimbabwe.

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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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