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May 5, 2016 - 8:58am
Cape Town, South Africa– May 5, 2016.  Over 500 high-level participants from civil society organizations, business, academia, multilateral organizations and governments are expected to attend the two-day Africa Regional Open Government Partnership (OGP) Meeting, May 5-6 at the Century...
May 5, 2016 - 7:52am
This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post blog.   The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a bold initiative between governments and civil society organizations that seeks to make governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. In less than five years, 69...
May 5, 2016 - 7:43am
Communiqué de presse Réunion Régionale Africaine du PGO L’Afrique du Sud s’engage fermement sur la transparence financière pendant que les leaders régionaux du gouvernement et de la société civile se rassemblent Le Cap, Afrique du Sud – 5 mai 2016. Plus de 500 participants...
May 4, 2016 - 11:16am
Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2016- The Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) today elected the government of Georgia and Mukelani Dimba, Executive Director of the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), to be the next government and civil society support co-chairs. They will...
May 4, 2016 - 8:55am
Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2016 - The Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership today resolved that Azerbaijan will be regretfully designated as inactive in OGP, due to unresolved constraints on the operating environment for Non-Governmental Organizations. Azerbaijan has been...
May 3, 2016 - 7:25pm
Estuviste muy involucrado en el proceso de creación de OGP. ¿Te sorprende lo que es ahora? Todo ha pasado muy rápido. Durante varios meses en un grupo heterogéneo trabajamos con la idea del gobierno abierto, presupuestos abiertos y datos abiertos, pero casi siempre era una conversación...
May 3, 2016 - 2:48pm
You were very involved in bringing OGP to life. Are you surprised at how it’s developed? It’s all happened quickly. For several years a motley crew of us worked on the idea of open government, open budgets, open data – but it was often a marginal conversation. Then in 2010 the...
May 3, 2016 - 1:54pm
  This piece originally appeared in the World Bank Governance for Development blog.  I have worked on public procurement and governance for most of my life. But I have never been more excited to finally have a solution at hand that has potential to change the legacy of opaqueness, fraud...
May 2, 2016 - 7:33pm
En octubre de 2015 durante la Cumbre Global de Open Government Partnership (OGP) que se llevó a cabo en México, Costa de Marfil se unió a esta iniciativa internacional, siendo el primer miembro francófono de la África Subsahariana. Esto representó un paso importante para el floreciente país, el...
May 2, 2016 - 7:01pm
Están ocurriendo cosas importantes en los países africanos miembros de OGP. Sin embargo, en el reciente informe  de los “compromisos destacados de OGP” (las reformas más ambiciosas de OGP) no se incluyó ningún compromiso por parte de países africanos, lo que demuestra la...
May 2, 2016 - 6:52pm
Big things are happening in African OGP countries. Yet, a recent report on OGP’s “starred commitments”--the most ambitious reforms in OGP-- did not feature any African commitments, showing the difficulty of implementation across the continent. But the pattern of weak...
May 2, 2016 - 1:39pm
Government reformers and development practitioners in the open government space are experiencing the heady times associated with a newly-defined agenda. The opportunity for innovation and positive change can at times feel boundless. Yet, working in a nascent field also means a relative lack of...
May 1, 2016 - 2:43pm
Close to a thousand delegates from the African continent and beyond are descending on Cape Town for the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Africa Regional Summit from 4 - 6 May 2016. At this grand market of ideas, African countries will take stock of how they have fared in promoting...
May 1, 2016 - 2:40pm
In October 2015, during the Global Summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Mexico, Côte d’Ivoire officially became the international initiative’s first sub-Saharan Francophone member. This is an important step for this booming country, which is emerging from memories of a...
May 1, 2016 - 2:31pm
Casi mil delegados del continente africano y de otras regiones se reunirán en Ciudad del Cabo para la Reunión Regional de África del 4 al 6 de mayo de 2016. Además de intercambiar una gran cantidad de ideas, los países africanos harán un inventario acerca de sus avances en el impulso a la...
May 1, 2016 - 2:22pm
Open Government Partnership (OGP) está posicionada principalmente como una plataforma. Existen pocos lineamientos acerca de lo que los países miembros deben hacer, además de cumplir con los requisitos iniciales y de crear un proceso que permita la colaboración entre el gobierno y la sociedad civil...
May 1, 2016 - 2:12pm
Fronteras electorales en Kenia. Unificación de todas las cuentas bancarias nacionales en Sierra Leona. Mapeo de las áreas de conservación en Sudáfrica. Datos de propiedad de la tierra en Liberia. Para quienes están al tanto de los eventos que están ocurriendo en estos países, las anteriores son...
May 1, 2016 - 2:06pm
Electoral boundaries in Kenya. Unifying all national bank accounts in Sierra Leone. Mapping conservation areas in South Africa. Land ownership data in Liberia. For those who follow events in each of these countries, these are all big ideas with potentially big results. And they were all in the...
April 29, 2016 - 4:41pm
A new weekly series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world. This week the theme of budget and funding disclosure continued to be a major focus of press on open governance, and the most significant news items related to OGP were a...
April 29, 2016 - 11:54am
For nearly two years, government schools in the Kasungu district of Malawi faced regular shortages of textbooks and other teaching materials, affecting the students’ ability to learn. To address the problem, a network of local civil society groups carried out a public expenditure tracking...
April 27, 2016 - 11:41am
At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015 countries adopted a legally binding global climate Agreement that seeks to avoid the impacts of climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C. The Paris Agreement demands that countries can no longer make “business as usual...
April 27, 2016 - 12:00am
Red tape in Romania is a huge headache that costs everyone time and money. New parents need to submit multiple versions of a package of physical documents to different government offices in order to register for their welfare allowances. Businesses have to undertake a long and expensive process to...
April 26, 2016 - 10:04am
The OGP Steering Committee will be meeting in Cape Town on 3-4 May. The agenda and papers for that meeting have been published here. Among other discussions there are a couple of decisions that need to be made on who the new co-chairs of OGP will be and on what OGP should do about...
April 22, 2016 - 4:17pm
Late December OGP started the search for six new civil society steering committee members - a unique opportunity for talented and committed civil society leaders to further shape OGP, represent the interests of the civil society community and assure that ambitious open government reforms get...
April 22, 2016 - 2:41pm
A new weekly series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world. This week press related to OGP was most intensive in Mexico, where the process of drafting the country’s 2016-2018 National Action Plan (NAP) kicked off. In over 40...

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