Civil Society Morning


Wednesday 7 December from 8AM to 1PM

Hotel du Collectionneur,


Overview – OGP Civil Society Morning

The Civil Society Morning of the 2016 OGP Summit will be a half-day gathering during the OGP Global Summit proceedings in Paris on December 7th, 2016. The Civil Society Morning is the principal gathering of the global civil society community working on issues of open governance with the aim to Connect, Share, Create and Strategize around and about open government.


The Civil Society Morning will not have predetermined themes, rather reflect the broad topics of the Summit and the interests of the attendees – driven by the aims to Connect, Share, Create and Strategize. The Morning will allow for a free, informal and unrestricted exchange among participants in a variety of formats, described below. In the spirit of co-creation, attendees will be able to suggest further topics, challenges and issues to be discussed.


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Program Overview


  1. Croissant Talks (8:15 – 9:00 am)thematic breakfast tables organized around topics of interest, allowing participants to meet & greet and start the conversation around focal themes:
    • Informal breakfast chats across clearly marked thematic tables, facilitated by experts from the community. Participants interested in the same issue sit together to start the day with discussions that are light, delicious and punchy – just like the croissant and coffee that is served.
    • Planned topics: right to information, civic space, human rights, access to justice, anti-corruption, fiscal transparency, open contracting, beneficial ownership, open data, health, extractives, education, climate, parliaments, sub-national, media, gender, social accountability and OGP in Francophonie
  2. Plenary (9:00 – 10:30 am): Welcome, Keynote and Fireside Chat
    • Welcome video by French civil society
    • Welcoming remarks and feedback on community conversations and OGP’s strategic refresh – Paul Maassen
    • Reflections on OGP’s strategic refresh and future – roundtables in small groups, facilitated by SC and SU staff
    • 5-year anniversary video
    • Keynote – by Prof. Dr. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
    • Fireside chat: moderated panel discussion and interactive Q&A on the future of OGP – Manish Bapna, Sanjay Pradhan and Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
  3. Parallel breakout sessions (10:45 – 12:15 am): two consecutive slots of 45 minutes in various formats to allow participants to Connect, Share, Create and Strategize in smaller groups:
  • “OGP Academy” track – brief introductory sessions on OGP Support Unit staff and other community leaders focusing on how OGP and its key processes work. Sessions each last 45 minutes so that interested participants can attend two workshops consecutively. Attendees will be able to select from the workshops below as well as suggest additional ones after final confirmation of attendance:
  1. OGP 101: Introduction to the basics and the best practices of OGP
  2. Permanent Dialogue Mechanisms: new handbook and best practices
  3. How to use the IRM for successful advocacy
  4. OGP Working groups: what they are, how they work and how they can help your work
  5. Other (maximum two sessions suggested by attendees)
  • “Challenge Clinics” track – 45-minute thematic “deep dives”, i.e. strategy workshops to crowdsource solutions on concrete challenges as well as plan collective action and advocacy on various issues. Attendees will be able to select from the below clinics and suggest one or two additional theme(s) after final confirmation of attendance:
    1. Beneficial ownership and clean contracting
    2. Public Service Delivery
    3. Civic Space
    4. Access to Justice
    5. Other (maximum two sessions suggested by attendees)
  • Rapid Rendezvous: OGP “speed-dating”: open lounge for connecting and meeting new people, side meetings and face-to-face time


  1. Arc des Triomphes (throughout the morning) – an interactive exhibition of impact stories with submissions from participants in the entrance lobby serving as a gateway to the main hall.

NB: coffee, refreshments and pastry will be provided on the tables throughout the morning.