OGP’s unique review mechanism, the IRM, takes a proud step forward as it announces its new cohort of researchers for the countries joining OGP in 2012.
The IRM tracks progress on development and implementation of OGP action plans on a bi-annual basis. The IRM works primarily through bi-annual progress reports in each OGP participating country.
The hiring of this large group of researchers represents a major logistical task, given the large number of countries that joined in Brasilia in 2012. The hiring process began in May, when the IRM advertised and began selecting researchers in the 39 cohort 2 countries. Over 280 applications were submitted from candidates with a wide range of public policy experience in governance, transparency, accountability, and other relevant fields.
The IRM received many excellent applications. Researchers were chosen according to the criteria in the call for applications and vetted by the International Experts Panel (IEP), the IRM’s guiding body. Country governments had the opportunity to raise issues of conflict of interest and provide more information on the researcher, although the final decision remained with the IEP.
Orientation workshops are scheduled for the second and third week of September after which the reporting process will be officially launched. Public-facing draft reports are due early next year in order to feed into new country action plans.
The list of country researchers can be found below:
Albania: Gjergji Vurmo
Armenia: Artak Kyurumyan
Azerbaijan: Kenan Aslanli
Bulgaria: Lyudmila Georgieva
Canada: Mary Francoli
Chile: Andrea Sanhueza
Colombia: Gory Suarez
Croatia: Aida Bagić
Czech Republic: Advokátní kancelář Šikola a partneři, s.r.o., Pavel Černy lead researcher
Denmark: Mads Eberholst & Brigitte Alfter
Dominican Republic: Carlos E. Pimentel F.
El Salvador: Asociación Iniciativa Social para la Democracia, Jose Ramon Villalta
Estonia: Hille Hinsberg
Georgia: Transparency International Georgia, Lasha Gogidze lead researcher
Greece: Athanasios Priftis
Guatemala: Congreso Transparente (multiple researchers)
Honduras: Lester Ramírez Irías
Israel: Guy Dayan & Roy Peled
Italy: Andrea Menapace
Jordan: Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, Mai E’liemat & Amer Bani Amer lead researchers
Kenya: Geoffrey Njeru
Latvia: Zinta Miezaine
Macedonia: Neda Korunovska
Moldova: Eduard Mihalas
Montenegro: Vanja Calovic
Netherlands: Stichting Saxion, Frans Jorna lead researcher
Peru: Javier Casas
Romania: Codru Vrabie
Slovakia: Matej Kurian
Republic of Korea: Geoffrey Cain
Spain: César Nicandro Cruz-Rubio
Sweden: Alina Östling
Tanzania: Ngunga Tepani
Uruguay: Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo, Anabel Cruz & Analia Bettoni lead researchers
Questions can be directed to the IRM at firstname.lastname@example.org