In the Caucasus We Count

WiP: Hans Gutbrod on Transparency, October 1


American Councils, CRRC and ARISC present the 3rd talk in the Fall 2014 Works-in-Progress Series!

Hans Gutbrod,
"Transparency of Civil Society Organizations, and Why It Matters in Georgia and Beyond"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30pm
EPF/CRRC-Georgia, Kavsadze St. 3, Tbilisi

Why does transparency matter in policy research and policy advocacy? What can be done, and what are key lessons from Transparify's recent campaign? How transparent are the Georgian NGOs that are active in the field of governance and accountability, and what could be done to improve? What are the solutions to the problem, and why are they surprisingly simple? In his talk, Hans will describe the ongoing work to engage 150+ policy research organizations/think tanks from around the world to become more transparent and discuss how the campaign is now beginning to focus on Georgia.

Hans Gutbrod wants to improve the quality and integrity of policy research and started Transparify ( together with several Georgians and Georgia-connected internationals (see some media coverage here). Hans previously worked as the Regional Director of CRRC, and has been teaching, researching, cycling and generally spending time outdoors in the Caucasus for more than ten years. Hans holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the Eurasian Partnership Foundation at Kavsadze St. 3. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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