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A series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world.

We’ve got stories out of Italy and Malaysia, but this week’s OGP media coverage was strongest in Africa and in Nigeria, in particular.

February has been a month in which numerous high level political figures in Spain have been found guilty and sent to jail on corruption charges, including King Felipe VI’s own brother-in-law sentenced to six years in prison (more info in English here), things are also moving forward in a positive way when it comes to developing open government, with a new political team working on the next

Washington DC, February 16, 2017  -  Open Government Partnership (OGP) is happy to announce the addition of Theophilous Chiviru to its staff as Government Support & Exchange Officer for Africa. In this role, he will support OGP countries in Africa to develop and implement high quality, relevant and ambitious OGP National Action Plans, thereby potentially improving the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the continent. 

In May 2016, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report highlighting not only the economic costs of corruption around the world but also “its corrosive impact on society” (IMF Director C. Lagarde, 2016). 2016 was heavily marked with outburst of corruption scandals and attempts around the world to address the issue at the London Summit for instance.

Corruption is the root of global threats, as it causes underdevelopment and damages the environment, it also nourishes public distrust and political extremism. Every year, 2 trillion dollars is paid in bribes. Over 2.6 trillion dollars representing around 3% of the world GDP are siphoned. Corruption does not only affect the least developed and developing countries prone to poverty. It also affects the developed world, as recently revealed in the Panama Papers.

A series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world.

This week, media coverage of OGP poured in from around the world with top stories spotlighting open government concerns in Azerbaijan, #OGP16 civic tech innovations in France, and renewed commitment to OGP from Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

This blog has been cross-posted from Open Contracting Partnership. The original blog can be found here.

 

Parliament Watch Italia is a civil society organization experimenting with open government and civic monitoring practices in collaboration with local governments. We have an ongoing pilot process in Messina, Sicily, Italy which led to two main achievements:  fund an OG local action plan and  introduce mandatory practices to monitor public procurements.

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