CIVICUS Co-Organizing Accountability and Citizen Engagement Stage at Cartagena Data Festival

CIVICUS is thrilled to be organizing, along with UNDP and Africa Gathering, the stage on Accountability and Citizen Engagement at the Cartagena Data Festival.

The stage will take place on Monday 20 April from 14.00 – 18.00 in the Plenary Room – Salon San Cosme y Damian.  We hope to see many DataShift friends there!

Time Title
14:00 – 15:30 Session 1. Reflecting on Experience: Lessons on Data, Accountability and Citizen Engagement

  • How can citizens be engaged in the collection and use of data to strengthen accountability at the local, national, regional and global levels?

Format: 10 minute presentations followed by interactive discussion

Chair: Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS


  • Accountability through Civic Participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, by Angelina Fisher, Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Open Data Social Impact, by Júlia Keserű, International Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation
  • Lessons from West Africa, by Lawrence Yealue, West Africa Representative, Accountability Lab

Questions from the floor and interactive discussion

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30 Session 2. Let’s Launch!Format: 2-minute rapid fire presentations launching new data-driven, citizen-led accountability initiatives

Chair: Mariéme Jamme, Co-Founder, Africa Gathering

Speakers include:

  • Mitchell Toomey, UN Millennium Campaign (MyWorld2015)
  • Sara Ruto, Uwezo
  • Zack Brisson, The Reboot (My Voice)
  • Oluseun Onigbinde, BudgIT Nigeria
  • Kate Higgins, CIVICUS (DataShift)
  • Matthew Martin, Development Finance International
  • Mark Nowottny, Restless Development (The Big Idea)
  • Erica Hagen, GroundTruth Initiative/MapKibera (OpenSchools Kenya)
  • Natalia Currea, UNDP Colombia (
  • Mariella di Ciommo, Development Initiatives (Development Data Hub)
  • Jill Armstrong, World Bank India (OpenIndia)
16:30 – 18:00 Session 3. Charting Our Collective Priorities: A Data Revolution and Post-2015 Agenda with Accountability and Citizen Engagement at its Core

  • What can be done to promote and facilitate meaningful citizen engagement, campaigning and citizen-led monitoring and accountability in order to support inclusive and equitable sustainable development progress?
  • What are the opportunities for collaboration and partnerships amongst organizations committed to a data and accountability revolution for the post-2015 agenda?

Format: Facilitated discussion between between chair, panelists and audience

Chair: Paul Ladd, Director, Post-2015 Team, UNDP


  • Hon. Mr. Patrick Muyaya Katembwe, Member of Parliament, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Muchiri Nyaggah, Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute, Kenya
  • Minh-Thu Pham, Senior Director of Policy, United Nations Foundation
  • Catalina Escobar, Executive Director, Makaia, Colombia