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21 June 2021 - 25 June 2021
Democracy and Governance Practice Retreat 2021: In Crisis and Beyond

Administrative Modernization Agency

The Administrative Modernization Agency (AMA) is the Portuguese public service in charge of modernization, simplification, and digital transformation of public administration, under the purview of the Secretary of State for Innovation and Administrative Modernization. 

The agency is responsible for developing and managing new models of service delivery that allow citizens and organisations to interact with the state in innovative and efficient ways. Public participation in administrative modernization is also a key focus. 

The AMA leads areas such as the ICT strategy and governance, electronic identification, interoperability, open data, user experience and accessibility, among other building blocks of Portugal's digital government.

Democratic Society

Democratic Society is a network of people working to create a democracy that works for the 21st Century Europe. We undertake practical projects, conduct research, and build new democratic infrastructure that lets people involve themselves in the decisions that shape their lives. Based in Brussels but with offices across Europe, we work to build a democracy where citizens’ voices are heard from the street up to national and European governments.

We work closely with global research and innovation networks, democracy organisations, civil society coalitions, and European governments and institutions, and we work to build open networks in which all can freely participate. We are non-partisan, politically independent, and committed to realising our values of openness, equality, fairness, and internationalism in everything we do.

European Partnership for Democracy

The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is a not-for-profit organisation that brings together a network of 17 organisations specialising in the different parts of the democratic system. We actively work towards improving democracy support policies and advising on foreign policies that can reinforce democracy in the face of global challenges.

Thanks to our members' international experiences and expertise, we are able to straddle the academic, policy and practitioner worlds. We work closely with EU institutions, governments, civil society coalitions and our partners to implement a holistic approach to democratic development. That is also translated into our evidence-based research, advocacy efforts and joint programmes.

Hertie School

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s programmes, executive education and doctoral programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2004 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.

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Netherlands Helsinki Committee

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is a non-governmental organisation that promotes human rights and strengthens the rule of law and democracy in all countries of Europe, including the Central Asian countries participating in the OSCE.

Our work lies primarily in executing projects to strengthen legal protection and improve public policies that affect vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. We support human rights NGOs to withstand governmental pressure. Additionally, we work to improve the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments and other international human rights agreements. We take active part in several civil society networks of human rights NGOs in Europe.

Open Contracting Partnership

The Open Contracting Partnership is a silo-busting collaboration across governments, businesses, civil society, and technologists to open up and transform government contracting worldwide. We bring open data and open government together to make sure public money is spent openly, fairly and effectively. We focus on public contracts as they are the single biggest item of spending by most governments. They are a government’s number one corruption risk and they are vital to make sure citizens get the services that they deserve.

Open Governance Network for Europe

The Open Governance Network for Europe is a joint initiative of the Democratic Society and Open Government Partnership that aims to connect and drive debate, learning, and innovation in open governance to improve democratic participation, transparency, and accountability in the European Union.

The network aims to help improve the state of European democracy, not only by generating a European community of knowledge of open governance principles, how they’re best applied in practice, and why they make for better democracy in Europe, but also by helping connect and drive actors and innovators to turn open government principles into practice. 

The Open Governance Network for Europe is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Open Society Foundations.

Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) works with 78 national and 76 local governments and thousands of civil society organisations to promote transparent, participatory, inclusive, and accountable governance. Through OGP, governments work with civil society to open government action plans with concrete steps - commitments - across a broad range of issue areas, like gender, justice, civic space, and anti-corruption. Since its founding in 2011, OGP members have made over 4,000 open government commitments. 

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. We draw on 60 years of experience and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow.

Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.

United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) is the leading UN entity on human rights, mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realisation, by all people, of all human rights. 

UN Human Rights is mandated to promote and protect all human rights for all, recommend that bodies of the UN system improve the promotion and protection of all human rights, promote and protect the right to development, provide technical assistance to States for human rights activities, coordinate UN human rights education and public information programmes, work actively to remove obstacles to human rights and to prevent human rights violations, engage in dialogue with Governments in order to secure respect for all human rights, enhance international cooperation for the promotion and protection of all human rights, coordinate human rights promotion and protection activities throughout the United Nations system.

Closed since 25 June 2021
Organised by
Belgium 58
Netherlands 27
Italy 25
United Kingdom 21
Portugal 16
Germany 13
France 12
Spain 12
Canada 10
Austria 10
Poland 7
Romania 6
United States 6
Albania 5
Estonia 4
Czech Republic 4
Slovakia 4
Lithuania 4
Ireland 4
Ukraine 4
Brazil 3
Denmark 3
Hungary 3
Türkiye 3
Norway 3
Georgia 3
Luxembourg 2
South Africa 2
Switzerland 2
Latvia 2
Finland 2
Slovenia 2
Morocco 2
Greece 2
Serbia 2
Nigeria 1
Uganda 1
Azerbaijan 1
Malawi 1
Bulgaria 1
Ethiopia 1
Kosovo 1
Australia 1
Botswana 1
Mexico 1
Ecuador 1
Sweden 1
Moldova, Republic Of 1
North Macedonia 1
Total 302