DIPLOCAT to kick off 2021 with a series on good governance and open government

It will address local entities and feature best practice case studies together with international tools

On 11 January, at 4pm, DIPLOCAT and the Secretariat for Transparency and Open Government in the Ministry for Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency will kick off a series of three digital sessions in Catalan language about good governance by local entities which will present some of the tools under development in Catalonia and abroad.

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The series is especially aimed at elected members and officials in local government. It will provide a theoretical and practical overview of the instruments for good governance and open government in Catalonia along with the resources which international organisations such as the Council of Europe and the OECD bring to local authorities for promoting innovation and transforming the public sector.

The welcome for the first session,  entitled "Tools for good governance of local bodies: an international vision", will be given by Bernat Solé, the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency, and Laura Foraster, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT. Roger Buch, coordinator of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Catalonia Project run by the Secretariat for Transparency and Open Government, will give the keynote at the event, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Marga Bonmatí, Director of the AOC Consortium, Javier Bikandi, Director of Citizen Services & Innovation and Improvement of Administration of the Basque Country Government, and Oliver Escobar, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director of What Works Scotland, who will present practical case studies implemented in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Scotland respectively.

The session will be online and registration is required.