OGP participating countries are organized into cohorts based on when they joined the Partnership. Having country cohorts allows us to keep groups of countries on the same calendar, which in turn creates opportunities for peer exchange. After joining, countries are required to follow their cohort’s timeline for implementing an action plan, assessing their own progress, supporting an independent progress report and developing further action plans.
Regardless of when a government submits its letter of intent, the country will be asked to finalize and post its first OGP action plan by March 31st of the following year. Therefore, we strongly encourage countries to submit their letter of intent and begin drafting their action plan by November of the calendar year, as it can take 3 to 4 months to develop an ambitious action plan with sufficient opportunities for public input.
The OGP timeline attached below is organized by Cohort and indicates when each step in the OGP process needs to occur. The map of all OGP countries also shows which countries are in each of the four Cohorts.
The founding 8 countries formed Cohort 1 when they joined OGP in September 2011; the 38 countries that joined in April 2012 comprise Cohort 2; the 8 countries that joined in April 2013 comprise Cohort 3; and the 10 countries that will join in April 2014 comprise Cohort 4.
Cohort 1 Countries - Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Cohort 2 Countries - Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay
Cohort 3 Countries - Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, Ghana, Hungary, Liberia, Netherlands and Panama
Cohort 4 Countries - Australia, France, Ireland, Malawi, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago and Tunisia