17 episodes

How do we do government differently? Listen to conversations with leaders who break the mold — from anti-corruption advocates to social justice champions, and public servants who fight for transparency, inclusion, participation, and accountability in government. Join host Stephanie Bluma as she shares insights on what governments and civil society from different regions of the world can learn from each other — and how we can renew our societies.

This podcast is a production of Open Government Partnership and Hueman Group Media.

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How do we do government differently? Listen to conversations with leaders who break the mold — from anti-corruption advocates to social justice champions, and public servants who fight for transparency, inclusion, participation, and accountability in government. Join host Stephanie Bluma as she shares insights on what governments and civil society from different regions of the world can learn from each other — and how we can renew our societies.

This podcast is a production of Open Government Partnership and Hueman Group Media.

    A Mission to Record and Remember Victims of Gender-Based-Violence

    A Mission to Record and Remember Victims of Gender-Based-Violence

    Gender-based violence and femicide are serious global problems, but they are especially acute in Latin America. The region is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world, according to the United Nations. Yet, official government data on gender-based violence and femicide is often absent or incomplete.

    Today’s guest is gender activist and researcher Helena Suárez Val. She created a publicly available database that compiles lethal gender-related violence cases in Uruguay . In our conversation, Helena takes us back to Latin America’s history of women’s activism and shares what led her to create her own database. We also discuss the role of the state on gender-based violence and why data is important to change public perception and policy.

    If you want to learn more about Helena Suárez Val’s work visit feminicidiouruguay.net and datoscontrafeminicidio.net

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    • 36 min
    A Lawyer’s Journey to Unmask Anonymous Companies

    A Lawyer’s Journey to Unmask Anonymous Companies

    Transparency about beneficial ownership prevents companies from operating in secrecy. Yet, most countries don’t require the disclosure of beneficial owners.

    Today’s guest is Andrej Leontiev, Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing in the Slovak Republic, and one of the main leaders of this movement.

    You can learn more about Andrej’s work and other initiatives his law firm is working on here.

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    • 27 min
    From Civil Servant to Global Advocate

    From Civil Servant to Global Advocate

    The right to access information is a critical component of open government and democracy. Citizens armed with information can participate in decision-making. And they can make governments more efficient and accountable.

    Aruna Roy has dedicated her entire life to ensuring citizens are empowered by public information. She is the founder of a non-party political organization that mobilizes collective action in order to secure the rights of the rural poor called MKSS.

    In today’s episode Aruna tells us how she contributed to passing the Right to Information Act in India and why her fight isn’t over.

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    • 30 min
    From Uncovering Corruption to Facing Conviction: One Journalist's Story

    From Uncovering Corruption to Facing Conviction: One Journalist's Story

    Civic space is the underpinning for open government, allowing people to - among other things - speak freely and advocate for change without fear of government reprisal or violence. Yet, it is eroding globally. According to CIVICUS–a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening civil society–only 3.1 percent of the world’s population now live in countries with open civic space.

    Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has spent her career shedding light on corrupt practices in her home country of Azerbaijan. In this episode, Khadija shares how her reporting on government corruption led to blackmail, intrusive surveillance, and unjust imprisonment. We also learn about what we can do to create a space for journalists to hold power to account without fear of retaliation.

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    • 36 min
    We Believe in Victory, We Plan for the Future of Ukraine

    We Believe in Victory, We Plan for the Future of Ukraine

    When Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, the country was leading many promising open government reforms to fight corruption and give citizens a voice. Civil society reformers are meeting with government leaders to defend democratic values and plan for the country’s post-war future. Today’s guest is one of those reformers.

    Viktor Nestulia is the Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Open Contracting Partnership, an organization that ensures public contracts are open, fair and efficient. In this episode Viktor talks about the democratic history of Ukraine, how the war has impacted his family and community.  And importantly, about need for open government values to lead the country’s reconstruction.

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    • 31 min
    Democracy in Afghanistan: Past, Present, and Future

    Democracy in Afghanistan: Past, Present, and Future

    In October 2021,  I traveled to Skopje, North Macedonia to meet with open government reformers who had managed to escape Afghanistan just a few months earlier.

    Today, we speak with Erfan Erzaz, one of the activists who have now resettled in Canada.  We speak about the reasons why Afghanistan’s democracy fell and look back to the country’s history to provide context. On the show, we also discuss the contributions of open government work and the lessons we can all learn from Afghanistan’s democratic efforts.

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    • 41 min

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