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Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box

Democracia Más Allá de las Urnas Electorales

How Does Government Serve its Citizens, Instead of Itself?

In 2011, government leaders and civil society advocates came together to create a unique partnership – one that combines these powerful forces to promote accountable, responsive and inclusive governance.
Seventy-nine countries and a growing number of local governments — representing more than two billion people – along with thousands of civil society organizations are members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

How OGP Works
Upon joining OGP, governments work with civil society to co-create two-year action plans, with concrete steps – commitments – across a broad range of issues. This model allows civil society organizations and direct citizen engagement to play a role in shaping and overseeing governments. Collectively, nearly, 4,000 commitments have been made globally.

OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism monitors all action plans to ensure governments follow through on commitments.

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