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Tuesday, October 23 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Business Case for Civic Rights

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This session will explore how business benefits from citizens defending democracy and the rule of law. Based on a number of case studies, participants will discuss how civil society and companies can better work together in the fight against corruption and for citizens’ rights to participate in and control governments.
Beginning with a panel comprised of representatives from civil society and businesses, we will explore what ‘closing space' really means, what it looks like, and why businesses and NGOs should care about this—including highlighting work that is already being done by companies to take action. Following this, we will simulate an interactive, role-play workshop where groups of participants will receive a ‘real’ scenario in which civic space has been closing. Acting as the board of a hypothetical NGO and a relevant department within a business (sustainability, legal etc). Participants will need to identify the mechanism by which the government is repressing civil society and identify 3 strategies companies and civil society can take to curtail government action that violates civic rights or closes civic space.

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Jean-Yves Art

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
Jean-Yves Art is Senior Director in charge of Strategic Partnerships at Microsoft, based in Geneva.  In that role, he manages the relationship between the Company and International Organizations on all policy themes of common interest to Microsoft and those organizations, such as... Read More →
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Tonu Basu

Lead, Thematic Priorities, Open Government Partnership
Tonu leads OGP's cross-organizational program on thematic priorities, to advance reforms on sectors such as anti-corruption and civic space, through OGP action plans. She focuses on supporting the OGP Steering Committee’s engagement on thematic issues, strengthening OGP’s work... Read More →
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Usama Khilji

Director, Bolo Bhi
Usama Khilji is Director of Bolo Bhi, a Pakistan-based advocacy, policy, and research organisation focusing on digital rights and freedom of expression, and is on the advisory board of the London-based Refugee Rights Europe. He led the Bolo Bhi right to information campaign to uncover... Read More →
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Sameera Mehra

Head of Global Alliance Development, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
Sameera Mehra is Head of Global Alliance Development for Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Sameera works with the global alliance of partners in South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and Bulgaria to encourage effective philanthropy and support the development... Read More →

Tuesday October 23, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm CEST
Workshop Room 4
  Civic Forum, Interactive Circle
  • Organiser The B Team and Charities Aid Foundation