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Tonusree Basu


Tonu is a consultant. Until October 2023, she was the Deputy Director of Thematic Policy Areas at the Open Government Partnership, mobilizing partnerships and cross-country coalitions to promote sectoral reforms on issues like anti-corruption, civic space, digital governance working with OGP members and partners.

Tonu has consulted on international open government projects, including with Transparency for Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, UN Women, and the World Bank. She was part of the coalition leading India’s grassroots Right to Information campaign and serves on the founding Board of Satark Nagrik Sangathan (Citizens Vigilance Coalition) India, that promotes citizen participation engaging marginalized communities. Previously, Tonu managed the media and civic engagement program of India’s independent parliamentary research initiative – PRS Legislative Research, where she helped launch the Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament fellowship. She also managed a global policy network, in collaboration with the UK Cabinet Office and World Economic Forum on social impact investing coming out of the G8 in 2013.

She holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Public Service Fellow. Tonu holds a diploma in conflict management, is a trained Odissi dancer and is based in London, UK.

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Protecting Civic Space: Lessons Learned and Actions to Take

A vibrant and robust civic space is essential to open government. While we mark 10 years since OGP’s founding this year, we’re also facing 15 years of a steady decline in civil liberties, including in some OGP countries. In recent…

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