Open Doors 2009
Open Doors 2009 was organized to serve as an opportunity for individuals from CSOs, governments, media, and donor agencies to meet face-to-face to share experiences and practices on social accountability (SAc), and to learn from others. It was the first gathering that focused on SAc as a perspective and framework. It was a step toward understanding and appreciating advancements in social accountability (SAc) practice and it sought to provide a platform for learning and community building among practitioners, students, and advocates of SAc.
The main focus of Open Doors 2009 was Procurement Monitoring. The forum brought together a good number of stakeholders in this field—representatives from different citizen groups or CSOs, governments, media, and donor agencies who met face-to-face and shared experiences and practices.
Contrasted to a conventional, highly structured “conference”, OPEN DOORS 2009 used open space technology to foster communal dialogue among like-minded individuals and organizations that believed in the value of constructive engagement between citizens and government, which is the essence of SAc.