OGP brings together governments and civil society organizations as true partners at both the national and international level. At the national level, governments work with civil society organizations to develop and implement their OGP national action plan. Countries are encouraged to institutionalize a mechanism for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between government and civil society.

At the international level, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of representatives of governments and civil society organizations in equal numbers - a unique model that embodies the goal of civic participation. OGP’s rotating leadership group also comes from both sectors, with two government co-chairs and two civil society co-chairs.

Additionally, within OGP, the Independent Civil Society Engagement team (CSE) works to broaden, strengthen and engage a strong civil society network to participate in OGP, particularly at the national level. The CSE supports national civil society actors to help them make better use of the OGP process -- including the design, implementation and monitoring of OGP action plans -- for achieving their own advocacy objectives. Meet the OGP Support Unit Civil Society Engagement staff.

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