While OGP made news across the globe, this week’s OGP coverage was strongest in Argentina, Nigeria and Indonesia.
A. Une société civile active
This post originally appeared on the Natural Resource Governance Institute's blog.
Raji is 19 years old and works as a waste picker in one of Chennai's landfills. She quit school when she was 15, married another informal waste picker when she was 16, and now has an 18-month old baby. Raji does not have an identity card and her work is illegal under current legislation, which criminalizes collecting waste from municipal bins and waste yards.
This week OGP was included in a range of news subjects, from advances in civic tech in France to fracking in Mexico and even the American presidential election.
This year, Croatia had the biggest number of searches on Google as a summer destination. Some of them (here we value quality over quantity) were searching for an elite training program for future world leaders - The Open Youth Academy.
“I lived next to a mining operation for years. But I don’t know exactly the (authorized) location of that mining concession. Mining revenue? The local government never informed us about that. They did visit us several times, but just for small talk.”
With widespread urbanization and growing climate impacts, the need for effective, accountable local government has never been greater. Creating open governments at the local level can directly improve citizens’ lives because many crucial public services, innovations and reforms are administered locally. Greater transparency and active community engagement in policy deliberations and decision making can make local governments more responsive and accountable.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative stands as an important opportunity for the advancement of open government data, domestically. After celebrating its first five years, the OGP can redirect its focus from the cementing of its own processes, to driving the implementation of the OGP in country. In so doing, it is worth noting that the OGP Declaration states:
It's been much more than a century in internet time since the founder of the World Wide Web stood before the first International Open Government Data Conference(IODC) and laid out a vision for countries to unlock their files and share them with the world.