HOW TO JOIN OGP
Governments interested in participating in the Open Government Partnership should take the following steps:
1. Achieve Eligibility
The first step towards full OGP participation is meeting the OGP eligibility criteria. In order to be eligible to participate in OGP, governments must demonstrate a minimum level of commitment to open government principles in four key areas (Fiscal Transparency, Access to Information, Income and Asset Disclosures, and Citizen Engagement). A country is eligible to join the OGP if it meets those criteria measured by objective governance indicators using public data sources. To participate in OGP, countries must score at least 75% of the total possible points available to them.
For a detailed explanation of eligibility criteria and how countries are scored to determine eligibility as well as a list of eligible countries please click here.
2. Submit Letter of Intent
If a country meets OGP eligibility criteria, the government should signal its intent to participate in OGP by sending a letter to the OGP co-chairs with copy to the OGP Support Unit.
The letter of intent formally expresses the government’s intention to join OGP and commitment to respect the open government principles articulated in the Open Government Declaration. This letter can come from any agency within government, as long as that agency has received approval from the head of state to join the initiative. The letter of intent will be published on the OGP website.
3. Identify a Lead Ministry or Agency and Begin Developing your Action Plan
The next step is to begin drafting your open government action plan. At the start of this process, governments are encouraged to set up a permanent mechanism to facilitate ongoing consultations with civil society and opportunities for public input.
We recommend scheduling a call with a member of the Support Unit team early on to answer any questions you might have and connect you with relevant technical experts or other resources.