There is growing momentum for initiatives that encourage “open governance” (transparency, accountability, and participation) to combat corruption and deliver sustainable and inclusive growth. These initiatives have, however, had mixed results despite the engagement of many international, national, public, private and other actors. The efficacy of open governance continues to be debated, with stakeholders asking: how to build on successes and learn from what has not worked; what role complementary governance factors may play (e.g., the rule of law, a free press, or space for civil society); and how the enormous array of existing public data produced by open governance initiatives can be better utilized.
On September 18, 2017, Brookings will host an event to discuss new developments in how transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives can contribute to reducing corruption and achieving sustainable development. The morning will commence with a general, cross-sectoral perspective and then pivot to a particular case: that of the natural resource value chain.