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Omidyar Network Leadership Forum 2017 Global Workshop

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A PROGRAM BY THE CENTER ON DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND THE RULE OF LAW

Watch Highlights from the Global Conference in Tunisia

Watch Highlights from the Global Conference in Tunisia

On September 10-12, 2017 the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum....

convened its first global workshop in Tunis, Tunisia bringing together over 45 alumni of the Stanford Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program. Tunisia was selected as the site for the global workshop so fellows could learn from the case of a democratic transition in the Middle East and from the individuals who were central to the process. During the course of the workshop, participants heard from Stanford faculty and Tunisian leaders who have been central to the country’s political and democratic transition– current Members of Parliament, the EU Ambassador to Tunisia, the first Prime Minister after the Jasmine Revolution, and members of the former Ben Ali regime.

The keynote address was delivered by Rached Ghannouchi, who is the current leader of the Islamist party – Al Nahda – which currently holds one of the largest majorities in the Tunisian parliament.

Alumni of the Summer Fellows were represented on panel discussions that focused on the themes of closing spaces for civil society, how to make democracy deliver inside government, as well as in shorter talks where alumni shared a specific model or organizational project with the network. In addition to these larger panel discussions were smaller regional breakout sessions that were led by a Stanford faculty member and provided a deeper exploration of regional trends.

Selima Ahmad ('12, Bangladesh)

Selima Ahmad ('12, Bangladesh)

CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama in conversation with Selima Ahmad on female entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.

Houssem Aoudi ('16, Tunisia)

Houssem Aoudi ('16, Tunisia)

CDDRL Associate Director Sarina Beges in conversation with Houssem Aoudi on disruption and entrepreneurship in Tunisia

Andriy Shevchenko ('09, Ukraine)

Andriy Shevchenko ('09, Ukraine)

CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama in conversation with Andriy Shevchenko on political disruption

Conference Overview

Outputs from September 10-12, 2017

Two case studies were also taught by Erik Jensen and Francis Fukuyama – the first was a case of legal reform in Bangladesh and the other focused on administrative decentralization in Peru. Finally, faculty delivered more traditional academic style lectures on timely subjects that included; the rise of global populism, the phenomenon of digital disinformation, and a more general overview of democratic trends in the Middle East today.

Informal events provided alumni the opportunity to reconnect with one another, meet new fellows and broaden their global network. The global workshop also provided the occasion to launch the ONLF Women’s Network, something that alumni have been interested in pursuing for a long time in an effort to advance some concrete projects to support the advancement of gender issues.

Thanks to a successful partnership with a local events production firm – Wasabi – the conference proceedings were livestreamed to reach a much wider audience and recorded for more permanent distribution. CDDRL is happy to share and post our workshop content in an effort to share this rich experience with our alumni community and beyond. 

 

 

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Conference Resources

    Partner
  • Partner
  • Sponsor
  • Agenda
  • Multimedia
  • Social Media
  • Photo Album

Partner

We want to thank and acknowledge our local Tunisian partner Wasabi, a media and communications company dedicated to creating platforms for public debate, community building, and open expression, with a specialization in event management, public relations, and video production.

In addition, we would also like to acknowledge the European Union for their support and partnership.

Sponsor

This conference is sponsored by the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm based in Silicon Valley that was started by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of e-Bay. Omidyar Network has supported our alumni programming since 2011 when the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum initiative launched.

Agenda

The agenda feature a mixture of academic sessions, TED-style inspirational talks, workshop sessions, and site visits to local organizations. Informal events will also help to build our community and strengthen our network. 

The agenda and videos of the sessions are available here

Multimedia

Thanks to a successful partnership with a local events production firm – Wasabi – the conference proceedings were live-streamed to reach a much wider audience and recorded for more permanent distribution. CDDRL is happy to share and post our workshop content in an effort to share this rich experience with our alumni community and beyond. 

Videos of the sessions and interviews are available here

Social Media

We encourage fellows to use social media throughout the workshop to share the contents of the sessions with a wider audience. We encourage you to see our Instagram @draperhills as well as to use the workshop hashtags listed below, both on Twitter and Facebook. 

Facebook Album

You can also see our content during the conference via @stanfordCDDRL

Workshop Hashtags:

#ONLFGlobal

#ONLFDisrUPt

#disrUPt

Photo Album

Photo Credit: Hamdi Ayadi

Album available here via CDDRL Flickr account. 

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Readings

Readings are available to conference participants and alumni community. If you have trouble accessing the materials please reach out to Sadaf Minapara (minapara@stanford.edu) for access.

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Conference App

Connect via the conference app to access live updates, fellow bios, agenda items, conference locations, sponsors and more. Password will be shared by program team.

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Community

DHSF alumni network includes 325 alumni from 81 developing democracies worldwide. Please see the "alumni" section on our website for a complete listing of program alumni and to read their bios.

Conference Agenda

Snapshot of the Program

43 Fellows
28 Countries Represented
7 Academic-style Sessions
6 Guest Speakers
3 #How I DisrUPt Talks

Full Program

During the course of the workshop, participants heard from Stanford faculty and Tunisian leaders who have been central to the country’s political and democratic transition– current Members of Parliament, the EU Ambassador to Tunisia, the first Prime Minister after the Jasmine Revolution, and members of the former Ben Ali regime. The keynote address was delivered by Rached Ghannouchi, who is the current leader of the Islamist party – Al Nahda – which currently holds one of the largest majorities in the Tunisian parliament.

Thanks to a successful partnership with a local events production firm – Wasabi – the conference proceedings were livestreamed to reach a much wider audience and recorded for more permanent distribution. CDDRL is happy to share and post our workshop content in an effort to share this rich experience with our alumni community and beyond. Click here to access.

#HowIDisrupt

Below are some ways that our alumni disrupt the status quo through their work around the world.

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How I Disrupt: Belabbes Benkredda

How I Disrupt: Belabbes Benkredda

Belabbes Benkredda (‘16), Algeria

"My work is focused on creating alternative spaces for public conversation to disrupt the existing information space - which is largely controlled by autocrats, certainly in the Arab world. It has become increasingly clear in recent years that the single most important obstacle towards freedom and democracy in the Arab region is control of the public sphere by unelected leaders. Therefore, in order for citizens to emancipate themselves from imposed narratives, we must empower citizens to connect directly with each other to form popular will."

Belabbes Benkredda is a Senior Research Scholar at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Benkredda is the founding director of The Munathara Initiative, the Arab’s world’s largest debate organization. He was named a 2016 Yale World Fellow and received the 2013 NDI Democracy Award.

Rafael Marques de Morais (‘16), Angola

"Corruption is the main weapon of oppression in Angola, and it has been institutionalized and glamorized. I disrupt it by investigating top corrupt officials. I expose their delinquency through social media, by reminding people of the laws of the land such individuals break, and how they have destroyed the social fabric of Angola. I have helped to change the narrative on corruption, by creating a public space where it is viewed for what it is: a crime."

Rafael Marques de Morais is a CDDRL Draper Hills Summer Fellowship alum (Angola, '16). Morais is an investigative reporter and anti-corruption activist, founder of http://www.makaangola.org.

How I Disrupt 2

How I Disrupt 2

How I Disrupt 3

How I Disrupt 3

Oludotun Babayemi (‘15), Nigeria

"Connected Development's “Follow The Money” project started in Nigeria in 2012, and is an initiative that tracks government spending and international aid to rural communities. Since 2012, it has had a direct impact on 152,822 lives in 31 rural communities in Nigeria through demanding government accountability from its growing network of 1,256 members. Using a combination of grassroots (town hall meetings, focus group discussions, advocacy meetings) and online activities (online and social media storytelling -Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp), it tracks whether government funds officially allocated to health, education and development projects do in fact reach their targets."

Oludotun Babayemi is the co-founder of Connected Development [CODE], an organization that uses online and offline tools to put pressure on governments and organizations in Nigeria to be more accountable and transparent.

Leading Stanford Faculty

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Piioneering innovative research and analysis in the fields of democracy, development and the rule of law

Program Faculty

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Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow
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Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
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Francis Fukuyama

Mosbacher Director
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Francis Fukuyama

Mosbacher Director
Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
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Erik Jensen

Professor of the Practice of Law
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Erik Jensen

Professor of the Practice of Law
Stanford Law School, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
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Abbas Milani

Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies
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Abbas Milani

Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies
Affiliate, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

About the Stanford Team

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Sarina Beges-Thysen

Associate Director
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Sarina Beges-Thysen

Associate Director
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
In September 2013, Sarina Beges was appointed CDDRL's associate director. In this capacity, Sarina manages the administrative and program operations of the Center. She also oversees all CDDRL communications and supervises CDDRL's practitioner-based programs, which includes: the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Programs and the mid-career leadership network of Draper Hills alumni network.
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Audrey McGowan

Events and Summer Fellows Program Coordinator
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Audrey McGowan

Events and Summer Fellows Program Coordinator
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
Audrey McGowan is the events and summer fellows program coordinator at CDDRL. She has been integral to the summer fellows program since coming on board the CDDRL team, organizing fellow arrivals and departures, scheduling venue reservations and coordinating logistics for the program.
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Sadaf H. Minapara

Program Manager
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Sadaf H. Minapara

Program Manager
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
Sadaf H. Minapara serves as a program manager with Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). She supports three of the four practitioner based programs at the Center which include the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum, Drapers Hills Summer Fellows Program and the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.
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Djurdja Padejski

Communications Manager
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Djurdja Padejski

Communications Manager
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
Djurdja Jovanovic Padejski joined the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL) as the communication manager in July 2016, to work with CDDRL’s associate director in supporting the center’s communications strategy. She is leading CDDRL’s efforts to enhance its multimedia and digital presence, as well as working with the faculty, research and practitioner programs on their various communications needs.