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Happy Birthday OGP! One year older and growing bigger by the day. You have all seen the numbers: almost 60 countries, more than 300 commitments. Some teething problems, but processes and principles are almost in place. Is OGP ready to start delivering change on the ground? Is civil society ready to play its part?
On 25th September 2012 Danish citizens, businesses, NGOs and public authorities will roll up their sleeves and set to work at a national 'Open Government Camp'. At the camp, participants will work together to develop new ideas, to learn from each other, and to come up with innovative solutions to tough challenges. The camp will deal with
Ayanda Dlodlo has been South Africa's Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration since 2010. Before being appointed Deputy Minister she was the Parliamentary Councilor to President Zuma. OGP has decided to interview her to find out more about developments in her country.Dlodlo.png
Tanzania declared its intention to join OGP during the launching meeting in September 2011, one of six in Africa that qualified to be involved in the OGP.
In joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP), governments have been going on record in support of more open, participatory and accountable public institutions. To date, 55 governments have agreed to develop national action plans, with civil society input and monitoring that commit them to this agenda.
British professional politicians are seen as excessively short term in outlook, secretive by nature and arguably unfit for making and carrying though the big decisions that government requires. They are also viewed as having a hold over public life in Britain, which is the reason for the newly formed movement – Democracy 2015 (link is external) , which launched on 5 September, 2012 in the UK national newspaper, The Independent (link is external). Its objective is to get a substantial number of non-politicians into Parliament at the next general election, due to take place in May 2015. Democracy 2015 will spend its first year in participative policy-making, using digital media to ensure openness and legitimacy.
The Open Government Partnership’s success is built on the depth and range of our conversations with our growing community. Now that the majority of OGP countries have at least two months of experience in implementing action plans, we want to hear how it is going.