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Mission and Strategy

OGP’s vision is that more governments become sustainably more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to their own citizens, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of governance, as well as the quality of services that citizens receive. This will require a shift in norms and culture to ensure genuine dialogue and collaboration between governments and civil society.

OGP aspires to support both government and civil society reformers by elevating open government to the highest levels of political discourse, providing ‘cover’ for difficult reforms, and creating a supportive community of like-minded reformers from countries around the world.

Now that OGP is established and has grown significantly, our key objective is to make sure that real change is happening on the ground in a majority of OGP countries, and that this change is benefitting citizens. There are three primary ways for OGP to help make sure the right conditions are in place for countries to deliver ambitious open government reforms:

1. Maintain high-level political leadership and commitment to OGP within participating countries;

2. Support domestic reformers with technical expertise and inspiration;

3. Foster more engagement in OGP by a diverse group of citizens and civil society organizations;

In addition, OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) seeks to:

4. Ensure that countries are held accountable for making progress toward achieving their OGP commitments.

OGP Strategic Refresh and Mid-Term Review

In June 2016, OGP commissioned a mid-term review of its Four Year Strategy 2015 – 2018. The report assessed four key areas, a) OGP’s theory of change, b) OGP’s chain of interactions and outcomes, c) rules of the game, and d) structure, organs, and finance. A draft report was submitted to the OGP Steering Committee and Support Unit in early December 2016 and shared with the OGP community ahead of the 2016 OGP Paris Global Summit. The final Mid-Term Review report is available here.

Concurrently with the mid-term review, the OGP Steering Committee agreed that OGP should undergo a “strategic refresh,” building on its 2015 – 2018 four year strategy. This came from an acknowledgement that OGP needs to capitalize on its solid foundation to catapult OGP to deliver transformational impact in the lives of citizens over the next five years. After a lengthy consultation process (including 3 Steering Committee meeting discussions, one-on-one- consultations with Steering Committee members and consultations with over 500 civil society leaders through open dialogues), as well as learning from the findings of the mid-term review, the OGP Steering Committee approved the strategic refresh at its December 2016 meeting. The strategic refresh, to be implemented starting in 2017, outlines six new directions to bolster OGP’s strategy and make a stronger push towards transformational impact:

1. Deepen citizen-centered governance;

2. Broaden collective ownership of the OGP process domestically;

3. Strengthen capacity, coordination and coalitions for implementation;

4. Raise collective ambition globally;

5. Review OGP’s rules of engagement and performance incentives; and

6. Strengthen OGP’s branding and communications.

The full OGP Strategic Refresh document is available here.

2019 OGP Support Unit-IRM Implementation Plan

To deliver on the priorities of the 2016 Strategic Refresh, the OGP Support Unit develops yearly implementation plans that outline a set of collective deliverables for OGP, including proposed roles for the Support Unit and the Steering Committee to help achieve them.

Endorsed by the Steering Committee, the 2019 Implementation Plan is organized around five overall organizational priorities:

1. Provide world-class support to OGP national and local participants to support better and more inclusive co-creation, more ambitious Action Plans – especially on thematic priorities – and better implementation;

2. Advocate globally for openness and democracy, including through OGP’s first major campaign on gender and inclusion, and position OGP as pivotal implementation platform to translate global promises into country action;

3. Support targeted learning, facilitate collective action, and strengthen partnerships to demonstrate greater ambition on OGP’s thematic priorities;

4. Enhance OGP’s research, learning and capacity building program and become a widely accessible resource for stakeholders across the partnership for knowledge and innovation;

5. Strengthen OGP’s core institutional functions to sustain and support the Support Unit and IRM in the areas of governance, finance/accounting, human resources, fundraising and technological infrastructure.

The full 2019 Implementation Plan can be found here. To learn more about OGP’s finances to support the implementation plan activities, please visit the Finances and Budget webpage.