Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2016

July 1st, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

Launched in 2011, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative which currently brings together 69 member states, NGOs and representatives from civil society in a collegial governance.

At the global level, OGP is committed to promoting the principles of open and transparent government through civic consultation and participation, reinforcing public integrity and the fight against corruption, and increasing access to new technologies to foster democracy, promote innovation and stimulate progress. Since the OGP’s creation, participating countries have made over 2,000 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.

As a forum for sharing best practices, OGP provides a unique platform that brings together, stimulates and expands the community of state reformers worldwide.

France will serve as Lead Chair on the OGP steering committee from October 2016 with Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the World Resources Institute. As such, France will host the OGP Global Summit at the end of the year.Representatives from governments, academia, civil society and international organizations will gather to share their experiences and best practices and push forward the open government global agenda in light of the great challenges of the modern world. Jean-Vincent Placé, Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification, is the French government representative to the OGP.

The OGP Global Summit 2016 will take place in Paris, France on December 7, 8 and 9. The agenda for the Global Summit will be based on an open call for proposals from the entire open government community. The final agenda will be announced in September.

The 34th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime: Economic Crime – where does the buck stop? Who is responsible – facilitators, controllers and or their advisers?

June 23rd, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

The thirty-fourth international symposium on economic crime has an ambitious programme both in terms of objective and content. This year the symposium seeks to address perhaps the most significant question in any system – simply put, where should the ‘buck stop?’ – for committing or facilitating misconduct, that undermines stability, security and development. Who should society, through its various systems whether of law, compliance or public criticism, blame for crimes perpetrated against, through or with our financial and business structures? This is not just an issue of confidence or doing the right thing, but reinforcing integrity without which our systems and markets will suffer.

There is also the issue of whether we, in seeking to impose fines and other forms of condemnation on those who have simply ‘permitted’ misconduct to occur, disproportionately penalise and indirectly harm those who we should be protecting. The recent financial crisis, compounded by the increased use of financial sanctions, together with our near obsession with attempting to inhibit money laundering and create financial intelligence, have arguably created unsustainable risks for those who in the ordinary course of their business mind other people’s wealth and for those who advise them.

The symposium was conceived to promote understanding of the real issues in controlling economically motivated crime and facilitate co-operation and effective action – ideally preventive. The symposium is supported by a number of governments and their agencies, with some of the world’s leading universities, research organisations, the professions and, of course, those in the financial and business sectors, from around the world. This year over 600 specialists, most with topical and practical experience, will address in plenary sessions, workshops and think tanks as many issues pertaining to the real concerns of those at the ‘coal face’ and their managers. Over 1,600 participants from nearly 100 different countries are expected. The opportunities for networking and developing meaningful co-operation are unique.

Those who are concerned to protect and promote the integrity and wellbeing of their national economy, institution or enterprise – or who are concerned to better understand the risks facing business today, cannot afford to miss this very special event.

Here is the direct link to the 34th Symposium programme.


June 6th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

The University of Rome Tor Vergata, with the School of Economics, is organizing the First Global Procurement Conference for July 4th and 5th 2016, to take place within the beautiful setting of the University’s XV century Villa Mondragone in Frascati (Rome).

The goal of the Global Procurement Conference is to raise awareness for the planetary implications of joint decisions regarding what is purchased, how and for whom in the public domain.

Thanks to a partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the University of Rome Tor Vergata has the pleasure of presenting the conference speakers, experts from International Financial Institutions and regulatory bodies, policy-makers, economists, lawyers, public procurers that will engage in a much-needed debate concerning issues related to innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and regulation in procurement worldwide.

3rd Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement

April 15th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet


The Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata are pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement.

Goals and Motivations

The aim of the Symposium is to bring together economists and lawyers in the field of public procurement through dialogue and discourse. The organizers have the ambition to reduce the terminology barrier between economists and lawyers, come across cultural divide and reach joint wider understanding of practical issues. The Symposium attempts to suggest reform measures for better rules of acquisition for Public Administrations and provides a platform for the discourse on the challenging issues of the modern practices in public procurement.

While topics and references will certainly involve the European Union environment it shall not be limited to this area, taking advantage of best practices worldwide.


The Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement is a series of extremely successful events that were held in the leading European capitals and hosted renowned experts, researchers and scientists in the field of public procurement.

Previous editions

1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement (6-7 June 2011, Rome, Italy)
2nd Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement (22-23 September 2014, Budapest, Hungary)

Programme agenda
The Symposium will be held from Thursday, September 28th to Friday, September 30th 2016. The planned working hours will be from 09:00 to 17:30. The Third edition of the Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement will be focused on four themes:

  • Local preferences
  • Joint procurement
  • Big Data
  • Renegotiation


Data for Policy 2016 “Frontiers of Data Science for Government. Ideas Practices and Projections”

April 15th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

Launched at the inaugural conference hosted by the University of Cambridge in 2015, Data for Policy is an independent initiative to promote interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral discussion between all stakeholders with interest in potentials of Data Science research to enhance government operations and policy-making.

Topics covered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Government & Policy: Digital era governance and citizen services, public demand vs. government response, using data in the policy process, open source and open data movements, policy laboratories, citizen expertise for government, public opinion and participation in democratic processes, distributed data bases and data streams, information and evidence in policy context, case studies and best practices.
  • Policy for Data & Management: Data collection, storage, and access; psychology/behaviour of decision; privacy, trust, public rights, free speech, ethics and law; data security/ownership/linkage; provenance, curation, expiration; private/public sector/non-profit collaboration and partnership, etc.
  • Data Analysis: Computational procedures for data collection, storage, and access; large-scale data processing, dealing with biased/imperfect/uncertain data, human interaction with data, statistical/computational models, technical challenges, communicating results, visualisation, etc.
  • Methodologies: Qualitative/quantitative/mixed methods, gaps in theory and practice, secondary data analysis, web scraping, randomised controlled trials, sentiment analysis, Bayesian approaches and graphical models, biologically inspired models, real-time and historical data processing, simulation and modeling, small area estimation, correlation & causality based models, and other relevant methods.
  • Data Sources: Government administrative data, official statistics, commercial and non-profit data, user-generated web content (blogs, wikis, discussion forums, posts, chats, tweets, podcasting, pins, digital images, video, audio files, advertisements, etc.), search engine data, data gathered by connected people and devices (e.g. wearable technology, mobile devices, Internet of Things), tracking data (including GPS/geolocation data, traffic and other transport sensor data, CCTV images etc.,), satellite and aerial imagery, and other relevant data sources.
  • Policy/Application Domains: Security, health, cities, public administration, economy, science and innovation, finance, energy, environment, social policy areas (education, migration, etc.) and other relevant domains.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 16 May 2016
Notification of acceptance: Friday, 17 June 2016
Presenters’ registration deadline: Monday, 1 August 2016
Discussion Paper submission deadline: 15 August 2016
Public registration deadline: Thursday, 1 September 2016
Conference: Thursday-Friday, 15-16 September 2016

7th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC7)

April 15th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

The IPPC is one of the largest international public procurement conferences globally dedicated to academic discussion and practitioner engagement. The conference is targeted to procurement professionals, academic and government researchers, industry, policy makers and regulators but also particularly welcomes the attendance of students including graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.



14th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference

April 15th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

A conference presented by the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, supported by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Topics will include:

  • Building best practice: corporate strategies for dealing with commercial corruption
  • Prosecution Update from OECD Working Group on Bribery
  • Civil Asset Recovery: techniques for corporate victims to recover losses
  • Double Jeopardy in Investigations and Prosecutions: Risks and Best Practices for companies and individuals
  • Petrobras and Operation Carwash: Prosecuting challenges for politics, business and corruption in Brazil
  • Prosecutions in Europe: The role of whistleblowers and the new corruption sheriff in town!
  • Asset Recovery Case Study: how to catch your corrupt assets

The program and more information can be downloaded here. Registration closed June 6, 2016.

TransparencyCamp Europe

April 15th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

On 1 June 2016 Open State Foundation and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will host the very first TransparencyCamp Europe in Amsterdam. TransparencyCamp Europe is an unconference that focuses on open data, new technologies and policies that make the EU work for people, stimulates open government and helps people grasp the workings of the various EU institutions.


Participants from all over Europe will share their expertise on new technologies and governing policies to stimulate an open government. Developers, policy makers, journalists, diplomats, technologists, students, government officials and the public at large will come together to formulate and share ideas, insights, best practices and innovative measures on how to use technology to make governments more transparent and inclusive.

What is an unconference?

But what exactly is an “unconference”, you may ask? An unconference is an unscheduled conference, where you decide the agenda. At TransparencyCamp Europe, everyone participates. If there’s room for innovation, be it technological or otherwise, we will find it.

Dataharvest/EIJC, The European Investigative Journalism Conference

April 5th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet

Dataharvest/EIJC, The European Investigative Journalism Conference organised by, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe.

2016 OECD Integrity Forum

April 5th, 2016 Posted by No Comment yet



Developing a long-term vision for clean trade
Preventing corruption in customs
Protecting your supply chain
Improving your business in emerging markets
Countering illicit trade

Integrity and Trade Track

International trade is a motor of the global economy and represents increasingly large volumes of goods, services, and financial flows. Yet, the economic benefits resulting from trade can suffer from a lack of integrity throughout the international supply chain. This can result in a substantial loss of revenue for governments, and can hamper competition and business activity. It can also entail important health and safety risks for societies. Integrity measures that protect cross-border trade not only produce advantages for the economy in general, but also for private companies, the public sector and society as a whole.

The 2016 edition of the OECD Integrity Forum will put the spotlight on this hidden tariff. It will bring stakeholders to the table to develop a long-term vision for clean trade. The Integrity Forum fosters dialogue for policy actions and cooperative integrity efforts to prevent corruption in customs and to protect supply chains. In addition, new evidence and insights will be shared for countering illicit trade.

High-level speakers will confront the issues of corruption that impact global trade, informal sessions will provide an opportunity to examine solutions in greater depth, authors, academics and students will share their findings during poster presentations, and lunch debates and roundtable discussions will give you the opportunity to share your experience directly with your peers.

Integrity Track

Recent economic, geopolitical and demographic developments have underscored the growing complexities that governments, businesses and citizens face in our increasingly globalised world. The Integrity Forum provides a platform to address the integrity dimensions of these pressing challenges.

Moreover, the Integrity Forum zooms in on new integrity instruments and responds to the growing demand for evidence-based policy recommendations.