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IDRC at the 2019 Open Government Partnership Global Summit

May 29, 2019
As a leading supporter of open government-related innovations in the developing world, IDRC is proud to contribute to the 2019 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Ottawa.  

Founded in 2011, the OGP is a multilateral initiative that has developed more than 3,000 concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote transparency and accountability, empower citizens, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. As governments become more transparent, accountable, and responsive to their own citizens, the quality of their democratic governance and services improves. 

Hosted by the Government of Canada, the 2019 Global OGP Summit will focus on participation, inclusion and impact. Canada is the current government co-chair of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee, with civil society co-chair Nathaniel Heller.

As a proud partner in advancing inclusive and gender transformative open government innovations around the world, IDRC is pleased to support the OGP and the Government of Canada in realizing the vision of the 2019 Summit. From May 29-31, more than 1,750 influencers and 79 countries and governments will meet to advance their commitments to make governments more inclusive, participatory, and accessible to all citizens.

The Summit will highlight IDRC and its partners’ contributions to making governments more inclusive, gender transformative, and better equipped to regulate new technologies such as artificial intelligence.

IDRC will also present new research from the Open Data for Development (OD4D) network at the launch of The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons. The book presents findings and recommendations to encourage open government co-creation processes that support the voice and agency of women around the world. The OD4D Network is a global partnership — funded by IDRC, Global Affairs Canada, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — that supports Southern-led development and scaling of open government applications and policies focused on releasing open data.  

Key IDRC events at the 2019 OGP Global Summit include: 

Summit side events

Monday, May 27 

The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons book launch 


Prohibition House, 337 Somerset St. W., Ottawa  

Registration: Eventbrite 

Tuesday, May 28 

Feminist Open Government (FOGO) networking event 


Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, Ottawa

Registration: Eventbrite 

Co-hosted by the Government of Canada, IDRC, the Embassy of Uruguay, and Women Deliver. 

OGP Summit registration is not required for this event.  

Wednesday, May 29 

The OGP Summit Unconference: Making data work for open government 


Room 201, Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Open to registered Summit participants.

Feminist Open Government (FOGO) Day 


Room 208, Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Registration: waitlist at Eventbrite 

OGP Core Summit –Please refer to the Summit Agenda for updates 

Thursday, May 30  

Taskforce on Justice Report launch 


Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa

How ready is government for artificial intelligence? Openness, promise, and risks of AI and automation 


Room 212, Shaw Centre, Ottawa 

Showcasing IDRC’s emerging artificial intelligence and transparency research

Pushing open science forward: Co-creating new ways to unleash the inclusiveness and democratic potential of open science 


Room 206, Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Friday, May 31   

État du PGO en Afrique  


Room 202, Shaw Centre, Ottawa

The state of open data: Rebooting open data interventions on the road to 2030  


Room 214, Shaw Centre 

Operationalizing inclusiveness: How do we make sure that national action plans are participatory and inclusive? 


Canada Hall, Shaw Centre 

Showcasing IDRC’s research on feminist open government 

Closing Ceremony


Canada Hall, Shaw Centre

IDRC President Jean Lebel will deliver closing remarks

The 2019 OGP Summit will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.