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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 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 - 2:22pm
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 - 2:06pm
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...
April 21, 2016 - 2:29pm
This post is part of a blog series we are running over the next few weeks to highlight core open government issues and give you ideas to consider as you develop your new National Action Plan. In our previous post, we looked at how bridging access to information and open data with effective...
April 21, 2016 - 1:48pm
El cierre del espacio cívico es una tendencia preocupante que está ocurriendo en diversas regiones del mundo. En este momento activistas de Azerbaiyán a Turquía y de Hungría a Honduras están enfrentando situaciones en las que sus libertades de operar y hablar con libertad e incluso, en muchos casos...
April 20, 2016 - 12:57pm
Closing civic space is a worrisome trend surfacing across regions. As we sit reading this, civil society activists from Azerbaijan to Turkey, Hungary to Honduras, are facing situations where their freedoms to operate and speak freely and - in many cases - even their lives, are under threat....
April 20, 2016 - 11:04am
TOWARD A TRANSPARENT AND COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC RELATIONSHIP I am pleased to launch this year’s Open Government Partnership World Summit, and thereby to promote, via means and actions, a more transparent and collaborative public action. An open government is one in which digital tools enable...
April 19, 2016 - 12:36pm
This piece originally appeared in TheCityFix. Cities are where real progress is made for sustainable development. They’re where governments are closest to their citizens and where essential public services like education, health and transport are delivered to people. However, with this...
April 19, 2016 - 10:59am
This piece originally appeared on the OpeningParliament.org blog.  The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has always been positioned primarily as a platform. There are few detailed prescriptions of what member countries must do aside from meeting initial eligibility requirements and creating a...
April 17, 2016 - 9:03pm
Si los ciudadanos no pueden seguir el dinero, la gobernanza no es abierta. A pesar de importantes avances abriendo presupuestos gubernamentales y promoviendo la agenda de datos abiertos, en muchos países los ciudadanos no pueden obtener una imagen completa sobre el flujo de los recursos públicos,...
April 14, 2016 - 3:06pm
A recap of the recent Independent Reporting Mechanism launches. It's been a busy few months at OGP. With the help of our partners and Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) researchers we've successfully released 36 IRM progress reports! These reports play a critical role in the OGP...
April 14, 2016 - 11:42am
This blog was originally published on Asian Development Blog.   India.png A government public relations office in Mangalore, India.   In recent years there has been one critical instrument to making governments more responsive to citizens in how they...
April 14, 2016 - 10:44am
MEDIA CONTACT:   Dietlind Lerner, Communications Director Open Government Partnership Support Unit dietlind.lerner@opengovpartnership.org   WASHINGTON, DC- The Open Government Partnership (OGP) announced 15 subnational governments from around the world chosen to participate in...
April 13, 2016 - 2:02pm
While there is no shortage of enthusiasm for open data’s potential, nor of conjectural estimates of its hypothetical impact, few rigorous, systematic analyses exist of its concrete, real-world impact. In the interest of addressing this important informational shortcoming, the GovLab and...

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