The Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the
Global Initiative on Financial Transparency (GIFT)

CEGAA's Executive Director, Teresa Guthrie, was invited to take part in the first OGP meeting in Washington in July 2011, followed by the September launch meeting hosted by the UN in New York, where CEGAA’s work was presented. The OGP is an important international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable.

CEGAA is also a member of the Technical Working Group for another new initiative: GIFT (Global Initiative on Financial Transparency). Stakeholders met over two days as a Steward’s Committee after the OGP event in Washington DC to design and launch this movement. GIFT seeks to devise mechanisms for ensuring that public money is used efficiently, effectively and equitably to address such challenges as persistent financial stability, poverty alleviation, environmental degradation, and sustainable economic development through increased transparency, engagement and accountability. CEGAA’s Executive Director, Teresa Guthrie, provided preliminary feedback on GIFT’s first draft concept note.

South African President Jacob Zuma among heads of state at the first OGP meeting.
South African President Jacob Zuma among heads of state at the first OGP meeting.