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

This week, as countries across the globe held consultations for developing their next National Action Plans, press coverage of OGP emerged from all corners of the world. 

Fiscal transparency resides at the very core of open government.  Forging a stronger collaboration between the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), which leads the OGP Fiscal Openness Working Group, is a crucial, mutually beneficial opportunity that can multiply collective impact.  

 

On July 8, 2015, four civil society organizations submitted a Letter of Concern to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), under the OGP Response Policy, regarding the climate for civil society to operate in Hungary. Under the mandate of the Response Policy, the Criteria and Standards subcommittee of the OGP Steering Committee conducted a review of the evidence presented in the letter.

Lo siguiente fue escrito por Natalia Albañil, Coordinadora del Programa de Transparencia Legislativa Regional, NDI Colombia. Fue publicado originalmente en openingparliament.org.

En las últimas semanas se llevaron a cabo dos importantes eventos regionales en materia de Parlamento Abierto. El 25 y 26 de mayo en Asunción – Paraguay se realizó el primer encuentro anual de la Red de Parlamento Abierto de ParlAmericas, y el 31 de mayo, 1 y 2 de junio en Montevideo – Uruguay, el Encuentro Regional de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto (Open Government Partnership, OGP).

La Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto (OGP, por sus siglas en inglés) ha fortalecido el diálogo y el trabajo conjunto entre los Estados y los actores no estatales- particularmente las organizaciones de la sociedad civil- para fortalecer el acceso a la información, la transparencia, la participación y la rendición de cuentas como principios fundamentales para la profundización y estabilidad de las democracias.

Los principios de transparencia, participación y rendición de cuentas son transversales a la agenda de gobierno abierto, y pueden servir para mejorar las intervenciones estatales en diversos sectores como el relativo al AGUA y al saneamiento. La Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto deviene así una plataforma para promover compromisos de diversa índole que reivindiquen el rol de los gobiernos en garantizar el derecho de acceso a este recurso a todos los ciudadanos, mejorar la prestación de los servicios básicos y avanzar hacia una gestión participativa y ambientalmente sustentable de los recursos hídricos en el contexto nacional y global ante las restricciones y objetivos de adaptación al cambio climático.

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

This week the main theme in OGP-related news and chatter from across the globe was one of OGP’s core values: freedom of information.


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En el marco del Encuentro Regional de las Américas de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto  celebrado en Montevideo el pasado 1 de junio, la Procuración Penitenciaria de la Nación de Argentina realizó el lanzamiento de la publicación “OCYGA - Organismos de Control y Gobierno Abierto”.

We all need better value infrastructure. From the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to the World Bank Group, it is generally estimated that USD$3.7 trillion global infrastructure investment is needed annually yet only around US$2.7 trillion is currently available each year. That’s an infrastructure investment gap of US$1 trillion. That’s communities across the world denied access to the roads, schools, hospitals, railways, airports and more that they need not only to prosper but to survive.

Global Integrity is excited to present the results of “Learning to Open Government,” a first of its kind examination of how the Open Government Partnership is playing out in practice in five countries: Albania, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Philippines, and Tanzania. We did not evaluate OGP, but our findings can help us, and pro-reform actors engaging with OGP, better understand whether and how OGP is contributing to country level reform. This project was undertaken with the support of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. Our findings are timely, coming as they do soon after Sanjay Pradhan, OGP’s new Chief Executive Officer, renewed OGP’s commitment to supporting purpose-driven collective action in the open government community. We’re hopeful that our work on these issues can inform OGP’s next phase, and support its transformation from “a mechanism to a movement” that helps lead to to tangible improvements in governance, and ultimately, people’s lives.

We, the undersigned organisations and campaigners working on freedom of information issues, are concerned by news that the World Bank has significantly downgraded its capacity to pursue a global right to information agenda at a time when the World Bank’s role in this area is needed more than ever before. We are concerned that both the decision itself and the diminished capacity of the Bank to engage on this critically important issue will send the unfortunate message to governments of developing countries around the world that the issue of transparency and, in particular, access to information, is no longer important or a donor priority. 

 

The full letter is transcribed below and is available in the original PDF here.

 

Dear President Kim,

RE: Downgrading Freedom of Information Programme at the World Bank

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