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PARIS, FRANCE - December 7, 2016 - The 4th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit began today with over a dozen heads of state, thousands of civil society leaders and other high-level open government reformers calling for greater openness in government to serve as a countervailing force to rising authoritarianism and closing civic space in many parts of the world.

 

   

Thousands are gathered in Paris this week for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The meeting takes place as alarming trends impact the transparency movement, threatening progress and underscoring the need for action.

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“The people are revolting”, goes the classic gag in Mel Brook’s History of the World Part I. Well, they are certainly angry, distrustful and fed up.

Are we on the cusp of a global age of authoritarianism?  You could be forgiven for thinking so. The election of Donald Trump in the US, the rising popularity of the Front National in France, Brexit - the major political events of the past five months point to a future of centralized power and limits on political freedom. To many, this wave has broken suddenly and unexpectedly. Those of us in the open government movement wonder: how do we reverse the tide?

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CoST Honduras is part of the global CoST initiative, delivering better value from public infrastructure investment through transparency and accountability.

When you’re dealing with local governments or institutions, collecting data is a huge undertaking but not impossible. You just need to re-engineer government.

Paris Civil Society Morning Welcome Remarks

Good morning to you all, bienvenue a Paris and welcome to the OGP Civil Society Morning.

The push for open government is turning into a global movement. By nature of its size and reach, the Open Government Partnership has become a central part of the movement, a place where reformers can make commitments and learn about one another’s innovations. My team, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is responsible for evaluating those commitments (IRM basics here for those who need it).

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