The Factory at The MAC, Exchange Street
15th March: 9.45am – 4.30pm
Imagine a country where decisions are honestly made, transparent and accountable, where outcomes cannot be bought or manipulated and where policy-making processes enhance democratic participation and connection.
This all day conference organised by the Open Government Network will explore:
- Freedom of information, accountability and the public’s right to know. Would more open government have prevented RHI, SIF and NAMA?
- Democratic Ownership. Is democracy being subverted by dark money – the undisclosed funding of organisations involved in public advocacy?
- Anti-corruption. Will improving transparency around beneficial ownership help prevent tax evasion, money laundering and corruption?
- Environmental protection. As climate change threatens the very existence of life on earth, how can the UK contribute to efforts to avoid global disaster?
- Making power responsive to citizens’ hopes and needs. What’s the future for open government and democracy?
Contributors will include: Mandy McAuley, BBC NI Spotlight; Peter Geoghegan, OpenDemocracy; Alex Cobham, Tax Justice Network; Robin Hodess, Transparency International; Peter Osborne, Community Relations Council (Chair). Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.