GPSa Knowledge Platform

Advisory Group

The GPSA Knowledge Platform’s Advisory Group’s mission is to help diversify the Platform’s contents, voices, approaches, etc. It gathers experts coming from different parts of the world and working in civil society organizations, the academia, donor organizations, the online community management field and ICT sector.

Aly Lala

Aly Lala

With a background in Law Aly Lalá is a consultant with a profound knowledge of the Mozambican socio-economic and governance context. He is passionate about PFM and Social Accountability and in recent years his work has focused significantly on promoting civic participation around PFM processes at Municipal and District levels (SAcc in Health) in Mozambique but has also being engaged with peer civil society actors working in SAcc initiatives in his country, in the region, the continent and globally.

Paula Chies Schommer

Paula Chies Schommer

Paula Chies Schommer is Professor of the Department of Public Administration of Santa Catarina State University, Udesc; leader of the research group “Politeia – Coproduction of Public Good: Accountability and Governance”; associate professor of the Development and Social Management Program of Federal University of Bahia; member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the International Society for Third Sector Research, ISTR; member of the Brazilian Network of Researchers in Social Management, RGS; member of councils, committees and civil society organizations; PhD in administration (Fundação Getulio Vargas). Research themes: coproduction of public goods and services, accountability, governance, social management and socio-territorial development.

Edward Premdas Pinto

Edward Premdas Pinto

Edward Premdas Pinto [Premdas], Director- Research and Advocacy at Centre for Health and Social Justice, is a Human Rights lawyer and Public Health  scholar-activist, engaged in  processes and social justice issues of the marginalized communities in India for the last 22 years. (www.chsj.org)  His  interdisciplinary doctoral research work  is on ‘health care jurisprudence’ and included an analysis of the intersectionality of public health,  human rights and legal frameworks. He is one of the co-initiators of Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan, the union of Dalit Women agricultural labourers in Raichur district, Karnataka-India (www.jmschiguru.wordpress.com) His current engagements include  social accountability and health rights with a special focus on processes of  participatory community monitoring of health services in India, and coordination of the global secretariat for COPASAH (www.copasah.net)  which focuses on community centred social accountability practices in health in the global south.  His educational qualifications include masters in development studies, masters in law, post-graduate diploma in human rights law and a PhD* in public health and law. (to be awarded shortly).

Anca Matioc

Anca Matioc

Anca Matioc is the regional coordinator for The Engine Room’s Matchbox in Latin America. There, she supports civil society organizations design and implement transparency and accountability projects, with strategic uses of data and technology. She has worked in the open government and civic tech space as a community organizer with civil society groups from Latin America to Eastern Europe. Previous to The Engine Room, Anca worked with the Chilean NGO Ciudadano Inteligente where she directed the regional open data initiative Desarrollando America Latina and co-founded AbreLatAm, the Latin American open data un-conference. With a Masters in Development Practice from Columbia University, she is rethinking the way development should be done. Anca is interested in community organizing, in strengthening the technical – and political – capacity of civil society groups, and creating stronger and more agile ecosystems.

Abhinav Bahl

Abhinav Bahl

Abhinav Bahl leads OGP’s peer learning end exchange program. He previously worked for Global Integrity managing their transparency and accountability policy research and outreach initiatives. Abhinav has also worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Governance and Institutional Development Division on public sector capacity-building programs across its 54 member states. Prior to his public policy career, Abhinav worked in the private sector as a management consultant specializing in risk management. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Gaia Gozzo

Gaia Gozzo

Gaia Gozzo, Head of Inclusive Governance – CARE International UK: Gaia is based in London and joined CARE UK in 2006. With almost 20 years of experience working in the NGO development sector, she has extensive experience in supporting governance programmatic work. She holds a MA in Governance at the Institute of Development Studies – Sussex University and she has a sound understanding of governance technical concepts and paradigms. She has wide experience in working with civil society organizations, and in providing capacity building, especially around citizens ‘empowerment and participation, social accountability, advocacy and political economy analysis.

Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards

Duncan joined Publish What You Pay in 2018 as Director of Global Initiatives and Impact. He is developing and implementing systems, research activities, and strategic initiatives that ensure PWYP’s effectiveness in promoting an open and accountable extractive sector. Most recently his work with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was focused on building an evidence base in the field of technology for citizen engagement and accountable responsive governance. Previously he led work opening up datasets as open data, working with partner organisations across the world to explore and make use of them within their work. He has an MSc in Innovation in International Development from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. And he has particular interests in innovation, data, open government, participation, information communication technologies for positive social change.

How Can I Contribute to the Knowledge Platform

You may contribute to the Knowledge Platform in many different ways: you can send and disseminate your social accountability materials (toolkits, reports, videos, etc.) in the knowledge repository; you can contact, interact and collaborate with other peers and join a global community of social accountability practitioners; you can participate in the different learning and knowledge exchange activities of the GPSA KP such as online courses, thematic forums, webinars and blogs; and you can develop a partnership with the GPSA KP to implement collaborative knowledge activities.

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