Regional Conference “Open Government, Engaged Citizens” in Tirana

Deadline: 18 June 2015
Open to: representatives of Civil Society Organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro Serbia, Turkey
Venue: 11-12 September 2015, Tirana, Albania


The TACSO project is pleased to invite applicants to the regional conference “Open Government, Engaged Citizens – A Learn and Show Initiative to Make Open Government Partnership Work” organized by the FPA “Advocacy For Open Government: Civil society agenda-setting and monitoring of country action plans” and supported by TACSO People 2 People. The event “Open Government, Engaged Citizens” will present an excellent opportunity for the Open Government movement in the Western Balkans and Turkey and beyond. The main objective will be to launch a Forum where participants will reflect on effective initiatives to further open government and on challenges and obstacles to open government, and how to overcome them. Participants will return home inspired and equipped to pursue an even more ambitious Open Government Partnership (OGP) agenda. Furthermore, the event will aim to foster inclusive, accountable and transparent governance and policymaking through enhanced civil society expertise and strengthened dialogue between civil society and governments within the framework of the OGP. Participants will share experiences from their respective countries of how openness can improve public services, drive economic growth, reduce poverty and corruption, and restore public faith in government. Finally, the event will place Regional Cooperation centre-stage as a key priority. The regional approach will serve to highlight good practices and successful initiatives, address the challenges faced, and establish regional support and peer-exchange mechanisms. The agenda of the event can be found HERE.


Eligible for participation in the conference are representatives of Civil Society Organisations (associations, foundations, cooperatives, unions) with at least 3 years experience:

  • Working on issues of transparency, open government, anti-corruption;
  • Working on good governance and citizen’s engagement;
  • Conducting research and/or advocacy in the above – mentioned areas (examples of such research/advocacy efforts should be mentioned in application form)

The CSO must be based in one of the IPA countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro Serbia, Turkey) and should have:

  • Vision and mission related to OGP (transparency, anti-corruption, open government, good governance etc.);
  • Experience working in the fields relevant to the conference.

The CSO representative must have a good command of English to the extent that they can actively participate in the conference.


The travel costs (including costs of visas, if applicable), accommodation, meals and refreshments for selected participant will be covered.

How to apply?

Interested applicants are requested to complete the Application Form and send it to the e-mail address of the TACSO office in their country (see list HERE) by 18 June 2015 with the subject heading: People to People: Open Government. The selection process should be completed by 30 June 2015. Five participants will be selected per country. Please note that only selected applicants will be contacted.

For more information please follow the official call or the official website.

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