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Can the COVID-19 Pandemic be a Turning Point for Democracy and Open Government?

Those of us who believe in open, inclusive and liberal democracy were already on the backfoot after years of rising authoritarianism, declining civic space and attacks on democratic norms even in countries that have been traditional champions of our values. The question now is, can the pandemic be a turning point?

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Faces of Open Government: Alhaji Garba Abubakar

Registrar General Alhaji Garba Abubakar from the Government of Nigeria discusses milestones in Nigeria's beneficial ownership transparency work and how Nigeria’s open government journey led to this moment. 

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Featured Commitment: Open Data and AI Policy

Read how Finland is working to establish easy-to-use, developer-friendly interfaces to share data resources with the public. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

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Featured Commitment: Digital Charter

Read how the UK is developing a digital charter to establish norms and rules for the online sphere. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

Smiling students sit in a classroom at from the Bislig Elementary School in Tanauan City, Leyte province, Philippines.

Featured Commitment: Basic Education Inputs Program

Read how the Philippines is working to improve education services through a participatory platform for monitoring and evaluating basic education data. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

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Featured Commitment: Complaint Registration and Processing Mechanism

Read how Burkina Faso is working to improve delivery of public services through a complaint recording and processing system. "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

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Featured Commitment: Inclusion in Court Contracting

Read how Austin, United States is working to improve civic participation and transparency in the decision-making process for community court contracts. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

The Mongolian Education Agency holds a meeting of local stakeholders in Khovd.

Featured Commitment: Participation in Public Procurement Processes

Read how Mongolia plans to improve transparency and public oversight of the public procurement process through an online portal. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

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Featured Commitment: Judicial Observatory

Read about Costa Rica's commitment to improve citizens' access to justice information through a public website. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

Community paralegals conduct outreach in the Mamusa community.

Featured Commitment: Expanding Community-Based Justice Services

Read about Sierra Leone's commitment to develop a national access to justice policy and a directorate for community-based justice services. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

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