Google Hangout - Youth and Open Government in Sports: What Can We Learn from the World Cup?
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Google Hangout - Youth and Open Government in Sports: What Can We Learn from the World Cup?

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ET (13:00 – 14:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

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High-profile events like the World Cup draw attention to the fact that trillions of dollars -- 9.5 trillion USD to be precise -- are spent by governments all over the world on contracts alone. Without inclusive citizen participation, these public resources are susceptible to rigged investments, faulty infrastructure, and deals conducted behind closed doors. Every day, governments make decisions on roads, water, hospitals, and other public services that affect regular citizens’ lives.

How can young people, then, who are often the drivers and leaders of change in their communities, help ensure that government spending -- through budgets, contracts, investments -- are conducted in a fair, transparent, and accountable manner? Equally, how can governments give citizens full and open access to the way it spends public resources, on sporting events and beyond?


Coordinator, "Clean Games Inside and Outside Stadiums", Ethos Institute
Economist, Expert-Grup
Chapter Lead, Open Knowledge Foundation Brazil
Manager, Rapid Response Unit, Transparency International Secretariat
Moderator, Open Government Strategist, The World Bank
Read what others are asking
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
Since, 1982, I've watched all football world cup final gold cup match. Hence, my observation is that billions watch these matches, thus lot of man hours are invested that too for almost a month while matches are there. So calculations comes out to be not 9.5 Trillion Dollars but more than 12 Trillion dollars. So, at the end of the day, when you say no tranceperency in transactions are there, then, is this worth a investment? Hope you'll touch this point in this Google Hangout.
Saudi Arabia
Each world cup has a different theme for Arab spectators, I believe this time the Arab spring is the man event, more so due to time zone difference and the Holy month of Ramadan is two weeks away
Alejandro Guerrero
United States
Many countries and subnational governments are starting to geo-tag budget expenditures and public investments, and then publish it. In the case of Brazil, some do (e.g. Minas Gerais) and many don't. Do we see a difference in Brazilian citizens/youth use of this available information to raise issues related to World Cup promised investment/waste of public money in the media?
Aro Leonard
I have self funded a voluntary program for several years building fresh graduates and with each year the consciousness for accountability seems to drop. I think these issues should be imbibed in the educational curriculum so young people know the importance before getting into the open society where they just blend with the crowd.
Aro Leonard
How can international donor agencies support NGOs working in developing countries to run programs that use sports to promote accountability?