Steering Committee Rotation 2014

2014 Rotation of the OGP Steering Committee: Process Summary

Introduction

In 2014, the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee will rotate both the government and civil society members simultaneously for the first time since OGP was launched in September 2011. In 2013 three new civil society representatives joined the Steering Committee, but 2014 will be the first time new government members are elected to join the main governing body of OGP. As the number of countries participating in OGP has grown – from the founding 8 to 64 today – it has become even more important to offer leadership opportunities to a wider group of government and civil society actors. New members of the Steering Committee will bring fresh perspective to discussions, and allow OGP to deepen engagement in new parts of the world.  From 2014 annual elections and selection processes will ensure that the Steering Committee rotates regularly. 

This document explains the process for deciding on new Steering Committee members representing both governments and civil society.

 

Rotating the OGP Steering Committee

The OGP Steering Committee is currently comprised of nine government members and nine civil society members. In 2014 this will increase to 11 government members and 11 civil society members. From 2014 there will be an annual rotation process. As far as possible the timeline for Steering Committee rotation processes of government members and civil society members will be aligned. 

Civil society members rotated for the first time in 2013.  Governments will rotate for the first time in 2014. In order to ensure regular rotation of at least 3 governments from 2015 onwards there will be a ‘special’ election in 2014. This election will select government members for 8 Steering Committee slots, with only the current government co-chairs (Indonesia and Mexico) and subsequent government co-chair (TBC) slots not up for election. Current Steering Committee government members are eligible to compete in this election. In order to ensure regular rotation from 2015 the terms of Steering Committee governments elected in 2014 will be staggered according to their position in the ballot. From 2015, governments joining the Steering Committee will serve three-year terms with an option to stand for re-election once. 

 

This table shows the main similarities and differences between the processes:

 

Government Rotation

Civil Society Rotation

Rotate annually in September of each year

Yes

Yes

Rotate a minimum of 3 members annually

Yes (from 2015)

Yes

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for election participating OGP countries must:

1.  Have improved or maintained their eligibility score since submitting a letter of intent to join OGP.

2.  Have published all OGP required documents (action plans, self-assessment reports, etc.) within a month of deadlines.

3.  Have acted in accordance with the Open Government Declaration.

Current SC members running for reelection must have:

4. Provided financial support to OGP (except in cases of extreme financial hardship).

5. Regularly attended and participated actively in Steering Committee meetings and subcommittee meetings.

 

Only #3 and #5 (acted in accordance with the principles; regularly attended and participated actively in Steering Committee meetings and subcommittee meetings)

 

 

Regional and/or other balance mechanisms

Minimum 1 member per region and maximum of 4 members per region.

At least 1 and a maximum of 2 persons from North America and at least 1 and a maximum of 3 from each of the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia/Oceania. In addition, at least 1 and a maximum of 2 members from the head quarters of international organisations/networks/coalitions

 

Decision mechanism

All participating countries vote.

Selection Committee reviews nominations.

Leading the process

OGP Support Unit.

Civil Society Coordinator on behalf of Civil Society Lead Chair.

Chair period

Year as support co-chair followed by year as lead co-chair.

Year as support co-chair followed by year as lead co-chair.

 

In 2014 governments interested in joining the Steering Committee will take part in a the first election in which up to 8 new members will be selected. Civil society will bring on 5 new members, with 3 current members rotating off.

 

 

Government Rotation

Civil Society Rotation

‘Special election’ year 2014:

8 positions available, although up to 6 current Steering Committee members may choose to run for re-election.

5 positions available, 3 will move off.

April 1, 2014

Open nomination period begins.

Open nomination period begins.

May 5, 2014

SC agrees on who will serve as the next government chair of OGP after Mexico.

Civil Society SC members agree on who will serve as incoming co-chair.

June 16, 2014

Deadline for countries that wish to run to submit their application letters to the Support Unit.

Deadline for nominations.

June 22, 2014

 

Support Unit posts the list of candidate countries (that meet the requirements) and their application letters on the OGP website.

Incoming nominations are published on the OGPhub.org and OGP website on an ongoing basis.

 

Selection process starts.

July 1, 2014

Voting period opens. Support Unit sends directions on how to vote. 

Not applicable.

July 30th, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT

 

Voting closes. No late ballots will be accepted.

Final selection made public (accountability note published).

August 4, 2014

Results of Steering Committee elections announced.

Results of Steering Committee elections announced.

September 2014

Steering Committee meeting with incoming and outgoing members.

Steering Committee meeting with incoming and outgoing members.

 

Governments Applying to Join the OGP Steering Committee 

Name of Country

Application Letter

Region

Ministerial Representative

Ministry

Letter of Intent to Join OGP

No. of Action Plans

IRM Reports

Self Assessments

Eligibility Score

Current Steering Committee Member?

Subcom.

Membership

Brazil

Download

Americas

Minister Jorge Hage

Comptroller General’s Unit

N/A

Two:

2012-13 2013-15

One

May 2013

16/16

Yes

Criteria and Standards

Canada*

Download

Americas

Minister Tony Clement

Treasury Board Secretariat

Sep 2011

One:

2012-13

One

Oct 2013

12/12

No

N/A

Croatia

Download

Europe

Deputy Minister Joško Klisović

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Aug 2011

One:

2012-13

One

Oct 2013

16/16

No

N/A

France

Download

Europe

Secretary Thierry Mandon

Prime Minister’s Office

Apr 2014

Developing First

N/A

N/A

15/16

No

N/A

Georgia

Download

Asia

Minister Thea Tsulukiani

Ministry of Justice

Aug 2011

One:

2012-13

One

Feb 2014

15/16

No

N/A

Honduras

Download

Americas

Director Renan Fernandez

Presidential Director of Transparency, Modernization and State Reform

Aug 2011

One:

2012-13

One

Oct 2013

14/16

No

N/A

Philippines

Download

Asia

Secretary Florencio Abad

Department of Budget and Management

N/A

Two:

2011-12 2013-15

One

Mar 2013

15/16

Yes

Peer Learning and Support

Sierra Leone

Download 

Download

Africa

Deputy Secretary Reginald Thomas

Open Government Initiative, Office of the President

Oct 2013

Developing First

N/A

N/A

13/16

No

N/A

Tanzania

Download

Africa

Minister George Mkuchika

Minister of State, President’s Office, Good Governance

Sep 2011

One:

2012-13

One

Oct 2013

12/16

Yes

Criteria and Standards

United Kingdom

Download

Europe

Minister Francis Maude

Cabinet Office

N/A

Two:

2012-13 2013-15

One

Apr 2013

16/16

Yes

Peer Learning and Support

United States

Download

Americas

Undersecretary Sarah Sewall

Department of State

N/A

Two:

2012-13 2013-15

One

Mar 2013

16/16

Yes

Criteria and Standards

 

* = Canada withdrew their application for the OGP Steering Committe on July 10.  

 

Civil Society Applications to the OGP Steering Committee

(Download CVs and other application materials below) 

Name

Country

Region

Jonathan Osei Owusu (POS foundation)

Ghana

Africa

Vitus Azeem (TI Ghana)

Ghana

Africa

Alvin Mosioma (Tax Justice Network- Africa)

Kenya

Africa

Philip Thigo (INFONET Africa)

Kenya

Africa

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai (Society for Democratic Initiatives -SL)

Sierra Leone

Africa

Mukelani Dimba (ODAC)

South Africa

Africa

David Lewis (Corruption Watch)

South Africa

Africa

Galib Abbaszade (Economic Research Centre)

Azerbaijan

Asia Pacific

Abu Eusuf (Centre on Budget and Policy University of Dhaka )

Bangladesh

Asia Pacific

Wicaksono Sarosa (Kemitraan)

Indonesia

Asia Pacific

Sugeng Bahagijo (International NGO Forum On Indonesian Development- INFID)

Indonesia

Asia Pacific

Ruby Kholifah AMAN Indonesia (The Asian Muslim Action Network)

Indonesia

Asia Pacific

Kamal Field Al-Basri (Iraq Institute for Economic Research)

Iraq/UK

Asia Pacific

Go Takahashi (TI Japan)

Japan

Asia Pacific

Nwezin Win (National NGO Network)

Myanmar

Asia Pacific

Keakook Song (Public Audit Research)

South Korea

Asia Pacific

Oya Özarslan (TI Turkey)

Turkey

Asia Pacific

Denis Parfenov (Open Knowledge Ireland)

Ireland

Europe

Ernesto Belisario (Italian Open Government Forum) 

Italy

Europe

Tom Steinberg (MySociety)

United Kingdom

Europe

Judith Randel (Development Initiatives)

United Kingdom

Europe

Mark Nowottny (Restless Development)

United Kingdom

Europe

Fernando Straface (CIPPEC)

Argentina

Latin America & Caribbean

Roman Guillermo Jauregui (Acociacion Civil Gobierno Abierto)

Argentina

Latin America & Caribbean

Ezequiel Nino (ACIJ (Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia)

Argentina

Latin America & Caribbean

Adriana Ramos (ABONG, ISA, Brazilian National NGO's Association)

Brazil

Latin America & Caribbean

Elda Mariza Valim Fim (Evangélicos Pela Justiça )

Brazil

Latin America & Caribbean

Pablo Collada (Fundacion Ciudanano Inteligente)

Chile

Latin America & Caribbean

Pedro Landa (CEHPRODEC)

Honduras

Latin America & Caribbean

Dario Ramirez (Article 19 Mexico and Central America)

Mexico

Latin America & Caribbean

Cecilia Blondet (Pro-Etica)

Peru

Latin America & Caribbean

Chris Moore (former Chief Information Officer of the city of Edmonton)

Canada

North America

Toby Mendel (Centre for Law & Democracy)

Canada

North America

Panthea Lee (Reboot)

Canada/Taiwan

North America/Asia Pacific

Manish Bapna (World Resources Institute)

United States

North America

Nathaniel Heller (Global Integrity)

United States

North America

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Description of Civil Society Rotation Process91.42 KB
Brazil SC Application Letter181.53 KB
Canada SC Application Letter713.05 KB
Croatia SC Application Letter828.82 KB
France SC Application Letter2.68 MB
Georgia SC Application Letter311.18 KB
Honduras SC Application Letter1.8 MB
Philippines SC Application Letter90.87 KB
Sierra Leone SC Application Letter (Page 1/2)73.67 KB
Sierra Leone SC Application Letter (Page 2/2)107.75 KB
Tanzania SC Application Letter2.32 MB
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Nomination Kholifah11.98 KB
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Nomination Steinberg13.69 KB
Nomination Azzem33 KB
Nomination Sarosa1022.64 KB