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7 October 2011

The Open Government Partnership -- The Parting of the Red Tape?

Many see openness as a cure for corruption and incompetence in public administration. The problem is how to turn the fan base into an effective lobby.  A new global club may help. The Open Government Partnership (OGP), launched last month at the UN, sets basic standards of openness, such as publishing a draft state budget. Any country that meets them can join. Eight (America, Brazil, Britain, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines and South Africa) are already members. Another 70 are eligible.