[open-development] Development stream at the Open Knowledge Festival 2012 in Helsinki - contacts to Finland

Välitalo, Mika Mika.Valitalo at plan-international.org
Sun Feb 19 13:10:15 UTC 2012

Hi all,

My name is Mika Välitalo and I'm working for Plan Finland (part of an international child centered development organization) as a ICT4D Program manager. I'm interested in open data both from the global development coordination and transparency point view (ref: IATI) as well as in supporting local governance, accountability and empowerment in community level (e.g. school governance). Both levels great  influence on the everyday work I am (and Plan in general is) doing.
 For Jussi, there are at least me and my colleague Tuulia Virhiä from Plan Finland who will be happy to join hands & brains before, during and after the festival.
 Hope to talk further with you and connect to also others attending,

Mika Välitalo
Program Manager - ICT for Development
Plan Finland

Pasilanraitio 5
00240 Helsinki, Finland
Mobile +358 50 352 7386<tel:%2B358%2050%20352%207386>
Skype: mika.valitalo.flno
Twitter: @vatamik

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Subject: [open-development] Development stream at the Open Knowledge Festival 2012 in Helsinki - contacts to Finland

Dear all,

Let me e-introduce myself first, my name is Jussi and I work at The Finnish Institute in London. The institute is one of the Finnish organisations working with the OKFN to organise the OKFestival in Helsinki 2012. I've some background in development studies and while my current job does not directly address these issues I am still working with my long term hobby, i.e. doctoral thesis focusing on open source software and development informatics.

It's great to see the open development working group is planning something for the OKFestival. I'd like to include the Finns in the process, so I already contacted the Finnish Society for Development Research and the Finnish University Partnership for International Development to get them involved. Currently I don't know who'd be the right person to contact at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, but in addition to transparency issues, good governance and the information society have been long-term focus areas of the Finnish development policy, so I'm optimistic we could get them interested as well.

Do you know if any Finns are in the working group? Any other leads, or ideas what to propose for the Finns?

Kind regards, Jussi

Jussi Nissilä
Programme Director, Society

The Finnish Institute | 35-36 Eagle Street | London WC1R 4AQ
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