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

This blog originally appeared on the Financial Transparency Coalition website. 

2016 is a big year for the open government movement, and recent revelations from the leaked Panama Papers will only serve to forward the transparency discussion further. As we’ve seen from the worldwide coverage, things like hidden company ownership and strict secrecy have fueled questionable links between world leaders and offshore jurisdictions.

Luckily, from the Anti-Corruption Summit in the UK this week to the Open Government Partnership meeting in France in December, this  year is sure to be full of events highlighting open government and transparency.

But for real change national legislators need to get to work.

The OGP is requesting proposals from qualified website design firms to restructure the OGP site.  

OGP recently concluded an extensive discovery phase, which produced a set of minimum necessary elements the new website should include.  We are now requesting proposals to implement those recommendations and rebuild the site.

Application process:

Interested firms should first express their interest in a brief (no more than one page) institutional overview including previously constructed sites and at least two references from the organizations who contracted those builds.  Please send this introduction to preston.whitt@opengovpartnership.org by midnight EST on 12 June.

"Open Government for Sustainable Development in Africa” was the theme for this year’s Open Government Partnership Regional Conference for Africa held in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference brought together over 900 participants from all corners of the world, including a small delegation from Liberia. For us, it was a well-timed moment to reflect on our progress over the past year of implementation of our National Action Plan; share lessons with other reformers in the region and beyond; and begin to think about next steps to meaningfully translate open government commitments into open governance for citizens. Here are some things I’m thinking about now I’ve returned from Cape Town:

This post originally appeared on Accountability Lab's blog.

Last month, I was privileged to be considered as a candidate for the Civil Society Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP)- the international governance body for the initiative. Civil society members on the Steering Committee play a number of roles- chiefly setting the direction of the OGP, representing broader civil society within the Steering Committee itself and facilitating and articulating the work of the OGP globally. The field of candidates was impressive and deep- and while I was not selected (congratulations to the new members!), the process as a whole was hugely positive. Here’s how the OGP is bringing in the right people in to the open governance movement in the right ways.

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

Fifty-one countries are currently preparing their next OGP National Plans of Action, so this is a great time to look at what commitments they should consider on budget and fiscal transparency.

 

South Africa is a special country for me and open contracting. It is where, in 2012, we held the first global meeting of open contracting, and where we returned last week for the OGP Regional Summit.

In the international development community we are often guilty of overselling the importance of conferences, but that first open contracting meeting in Johannesburg was truly transformative for our Partnership. Why?

 

Si les activités essentielles de l’ogp sont destinées à ses membres –qui ont dû satisfaire des critères d’éligibilité et adhéré à une charte, l’ogp s’intéresse de plus en plus à un cercle de pays non membres de l’ogp qui aspirent à le devenir ou qui disposent de conditions objectives pour le devenir et qu’on pourrait qualifier de pays de voisinage

L’intérêt pour ces pays ne date pas d’aujourd’hui car l’ogp se préoccupe depuis longtemps d’associer les pays qui réunissent les conditions d’éligibilité ou qui sans les réunir encore aspirent à rejoindre l’ogp

Les indices de cet intérêt sont multiples et vont de l’information à l’assistance en passant par l’inclusion

L’information : l’ogp dispose d’une base puissante  de données sur l’éligibilité qui collecte des informations entre autres sur les pays de voisinage

Are you promoting open government initiatives in a country of Asia-Pacific to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs? What are the transformative steps you are taking to promote more open and inclusive societies?  

As many of you readers might be aware, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit are joining hands to put into action the commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In a step towards this direction, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub is currently mapping examples of open government initiatives from the Asia Pacific region that can help achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Specifically, we’re seeking initiatives that meet the following criteria:

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