Alvaro Herrero

Under Secretary

Buenos Aires City Government, Argentina

Alvaro Herrero is a governance, transparency and rule of law expert with extensive experience in Latin America. He has worked at the national and international level with NGOs and international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Dialogue and IFES. He also served as a consultant in UNDP, USAID, IDB and World Bank projects in more than fifteen countries in Latin America. He was Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights and served in the board of the Public Policies Lab and Poder Ciudadano. Currently, he is Under Secretary for Strategic Management and Institutional Quality at the government of Buenos Aires City and is responsible for the public innovation and open government strategy. He holds a law degree (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), a master’s degree in Latin American Studies (Georgetown University) and a PhD in Political Science (University of Oxford).

Speaking In

Two heads are better than one: working with governments

Chair: João Vasconcelos, Public Governance Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UK

Panelists: - Paula Forteza, French National Assembly Member (France) - Ana Neves, Cidadania 2.0 (Portugal) - Alvaro Herrero, Government of Buenos Aires City (Argentina)

Governments have a wealth of knowledge about the needs of their citizens. Civic Tech organisations often have innovative technologies that can meet those needs. What can we do to ensure that the two factions work effectively together to improve transparency, increase public engagement, and maximise benefits?

Civic Tech for governmental change

Towards the beginning of 2017, a Buenos Aires government department decided to create a website showing all public works under its jurisdiction. The results were unexpected.

Alvaro encourages us to examine how projects might have surprising effects on internal power dynamics in public administrations and local bureaucracies.