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Liberia: Protecting Land and Livelihood

Crossposted from Citizengage. Garmondeh Banwon is a member of the Jogbahn community in Grand Bassa County, Liberia.He has lived here all his life, along with his family.“My father was born here [in] 1930,” he says. “He bore me [in] 1958.…


The Skeptic’s Guide to Open Government

Whether you are inside or outside of OGP, you may not yet be convinced of the benefits of opening government. When you open government, what do you get in return? If you are asking this question, this guide is for…


Why Gender, Why Now

At 83 years old, my mother is vibrant and full of life. As she reminisces on her life, she says, I really wanted to be a lawyer, but could not.  In her youth in my home state of Bihar –…


OGP Policy Area Fact Sheets

by Jessica Hickle These fact sheets offer snapshots of global progress and member-level examples of open government work in each of the selected policy areas. Health Gender Right to Information Open Contracting Fiscal Openness Justice Education Water Beneficial Ownership Natural…

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How – Together – We Can Break the Roles

There are women who were the first….. Women who demanded justice… Women who defied silence…. And upended expectations… But this isn’t a story about some of us. This is a story about how we all move past the stereotypes that…

Star Reforms 2018

Star Reforms in the Open Government Partnership (Second Edition, 2018)

This guide showcases a selection of twelve commitments from action plans that the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) awarded “star” status in its latest cycle of reports. They have shown evidence of early results, representing major steps forward in relevant policy areas and transforming “business as usual.”

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Early Results of Open Government Partnership Initiatives (2018)

This publication series captures ‘early results’ of open government commitments. It can take a long time to see how open government policies materialize into concrete social, economic and political benefits for citizens, but we have learned that the journeys of reformers fighting to bring policies to fruition are critical to understanding the ultimate impact of policies.

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Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box

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…

Stopping the Next Wolf of Wall Street: A Global Solution

This blog is also published on GovInsider. When the producers of Wolf of Wall Street, a movie about rampant corruption and fraud at the expense of investors, settled with the U.S Justice Department for $60m in March this year, it…

Lessons from Reformers: Municipal budget and spending data for water in the Netherlands

Starting in 2015, Dutch local governments began providing financial data through a web portal at However, this data was initially only available at the aggregate level, making it difficult to access critical detailed and local information...

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Lessons from Reformers: The case for open contracting in infrastructure

According to the International Monetary Fund, the inefficiencies in public infrastructure—as measured by the gap between the level of public investment and the coverage/quality of the resulting infrastructure— amounts to around 30%...

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