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10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
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About the Event

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. 

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