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On December 7, 2016, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Thomas de Maizière, announced the beginning of Germany’s participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). We are very glad to be part of this initiative and we are looking forward to an active exchange of ideas on how to serve citizens better and strengthen institutions.

This post originally appeared on the NDI - DemocracyWorks and OpeningParliament blogs.

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At the OGP Summit in Paris in December, participating country Tanzania asked a media crew, from Tanzania, to film events and people of special interest to their country. A number of blogs, articles, photos and videos have emerged and are continuing to be developed for outlets in Tanzania and around the world.

Here is a list of the videos produced so far.

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

Almost a month after its close, the 2016 OGP Global Summit in Paris remained at the center of this week’s OGP international media coverage.

Open Data enables governments, businesses and entrepreneurs around the world to act as a catalyst and tool for social and economic change in diverse sectors. In Morocco in order to realize the  full potential of Open Data, a Civic Tech organization built Marocviz,  a visualization platform for Morocco’s public data.

Ongoing research suggests that open government reforms—those that promote transparency, participation, and accountability—may lead to better development outcomes if properly implemented by governments. However, governments must navigate the myriad of initiative options as they strive to improve citizens’ quality of life and achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without a rough idea of the potential costs and benefits different reforms might offer, how can governments allocate their resources efficiently?

Summit Recap

2016 came to an impressive close for OGP with the 4th Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris from December 7-9, which attracted significant interest from media around the world. Set to a backdrop of concerning geopolitical developments in numerous countries (OGP and other), including the rise of movements rooted in stringent nationalism and closed societies, the Summit established OGP as a source of hope for democracy and society at large.

When we think of government record keeping it often conjures up images of dusty archives stuffed with crumbling paper documents. 

While historical archives are a rich part of our cultural heritage, there are many day-to-day reasons why we should care about how governments and public bodies currently make and keep records of their actions and decisions.

Often, the interaction between citizens and the government on public services is muddled with a wide array of processes, fees, and long lines. In the Philippines, public service delivery has been slow due to the added factor of bureaucratic red tape that makes processes more vulnerable to bribes and corruption.

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