Mapping open government initiatives that are helping contribute to the SDGs in Asia Pacific

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:

  • Government and civil society are working together to promote transparency, accountability, and/or citizen engagement, either at the national or subnational level

  • The initiatives contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals and demonstrate measurable results  (e.g. good health, quality education, rule of law and access to justice, gender equality, climate action)

  • The initiatives aim at leaving no one behind: marginalized groups, the poor, minorities, women, young people, people with disabilities… are part of the process and/or benefit from the reform

  • The initiatives are based on innovative approaches, methodologies and/or use of new technologies

Illustrative examples of open government initiatives that can spur progress on the SDGs can be found here.

All initiatives meeting these criteria will be promoted via UNDP and OGP’s international networks. The top 3 initiatives selected by UNDP will be presented at an upcoming regional workshop hosted by the Asian Development Bank at their headquarters in Manila on July 21-22. UNDP will cover the cost of travel for the presenters of the initiatives.

Whether you are a representative from a UNDP Country Office in the region, government, civil society, academia, development partner or a private citizen, we would like to hear about these innovative initiatives currently being implemented. More information on the application process is available here.

Deadline for submissions is 3 June 2016. Questions and applications can be sent to:


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