Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Commonwealth Secretariat: open day for ICT and innovation

29 July 2019


CLGF's week got off to an inspiring start with the ICT Innovation Open Day organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House.

Commonwealth Heads of Government have, for a long time, recognised the importance of science, technology and innovation in supporting good governance, promoting inclusion and sustainable development. This event is part of the efforts of the Commonwealth to embrace digital transformation in its work practices and recognise data as a core asset. Further more, innovation will be one of the central themes at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2020.


Helping local women politicians


CLGF is also looking closely at the use of ICT in local government:

  • to deliver services more efficiently;
  • to communicate with citizens; and also
  • to help politicians perform their roles.

In the case of women and Sustainable Development Goal 5, this includes the role of technology in empowering women to engage with local government and help them to prepare for campaigns and perform their council duties.  


Co-creation and innovation in the future


The Open Day event brought together High Commissioners, Commonwealth organisations and partners to understand, appreciate and reflect on the work done so far; with the Commonwealth Secretariat and partners showcasing new products and services to provide a deeper insight into ongoing work to enhance the possibilities for co-creation and innovation in the future.


Partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies


The event featured the launch of the Commonwealth Connected workspace as part of the cooperation agreement with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Staff based in the UK and US illustrated how data can be used to enhance investment decisions and strengthen economies; and also in preparing for and tackling climate exchange.  


There was also an introduction to the Commonwealth Innovation Hub and Data Platform; with presentations on online services such as Meridian, OCCJR, i-Library and the Commonwealth Consultants database.


Photograph courtesy of the Commonwealth Secretariat.





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