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56 Local Jurisdictions Join Global Partnership to Promote Open Government

56 jurisdicciones locales se unen a una alianza global para promover el gobierno abierto

Bogota, Colombia (OGP Local)

Will Work with Citizens and Civil Society to Create More Transparent, Inclusive, and Participatory Governments

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) welcomes 56 new local jurisdictions composed of 64 local governments and civil society organizations to join OGP Local, a partnership of reformers in and outside of government working to transform how government serves its citizens. This expansion, the largest in OGP history, comes at a critical moment as provinces, cities and local communities are at the forefront of efforts to respond to COVID-19 while also facing strained budgets and climate insecurity. The 56 new OGP local members (full list below) were selected out of a pool of 112 applications jointly submitted by governments and non-governmental stakeholders.

The 20 jurisdictions currently in OGP Local have been at the forefront of innovation taking bold steps to address persistent challenges. For example, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, government and civil society partnered to ensure marginalized communities have access to reproductive health; and in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, citizens can digitally access information on applications for infrastructure projects empowering them to fight corruption and illegal construction activities. Following the success of the first 20 OGP local members, the OGP Steering Committee agreed to expand the cohort in 2020.

OGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Sanjay Pradhan, warmly welcomed the addition of the new members to the Partnership. “Local leaders – in government and civil society – are often closest to the people they serve. Open local government can deliver a transformative impact in people’s lives and build trust.”

Around the world, local governments are responsible for the most relevant policies affecting citizens daily lives. In many cases they were the first to respond to the challenges of the pandemic, providing key services to those who are affected, especially in major cities that have become COVID-19 hotspots. OGP Local members have brought citizens closer to their governments, creating a robust sense of trust and collaboration between them. 

Local governments that are part of OGP like South Cotabato, Philippines, have partnered with civil society and the private sector to develop safe contact tracing platforms that take into account marginalized communities with limited access to cell phones or the internet while upholding people’s right to privacy.

Like South Cotabato and the current members of OGP Local, this new cohort of local governments will work with civil society organizations and citizens to tackle pressing challenges such as inequality, climate change, localizing the Sustainable Development Goals, and providing more effective and efficient public services. 

Assessed by OGP and elected by a diverse Selection Committee composed of government and non-governmental stakeholders from the OGP Steering Committee, current OGP Local members and civil society representatives, the newly elected local participants were selected based on the assessment of criteria outlined in the call for proposals, as well as other factors considered to ensure a regionally diverse group, with different  types and size of entities, and unique strengths to complement the objectives of OGP Local.

“We are excited to see local governments from different regions, with different traits and trajectories, join the Partnership and we hope to strengthen learning and synergies between local and national governments so open government has a real impact on the needs of citizens”, said Carolina Cornejo from the government of Argentina, who sits in the OGP Steering Committee and is a member of the OGP Local Selection Committee.

OGP received more than 110 joint applications from governments and civil society organizations at the local level in 2020 expressing their interest in joining OGP Local. All applicants have been invited to join OGP Local’s Community of Practice and contribute to develop OGP’s knowledge base of local open government and participate in OGP peer exchange activities to scale up reforms at the national and local levels for all OGP members. 

  • Herat Municipality, Afghanistan
  • Kandahar City, Afghanistan
  • Elbasan, Albania
  • Tirana, Albania
  • Córdoba Province + Córdoba City, Argentina
  • Mendoza, Argentina
  • Rosario, Argentina
  • Vanadzor & Gyumri, Armenia
  • Osasco, Brazil
  • Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Quebec, Canada
  • Peñalolen, Chile
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Sucre, Colombia
  • Curridabat Municipality, Costa Rica
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador
  • Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
  • Khoni, Georgia
  • Ozurgeti Municipality, Georgia
  • Shama District, Ghana
  • Banggai Regency, Indonesia
  • Brebes Regency, Indonesia
  • Semarang City, Indonesia
  • West Nusa Tenggara + West Sumbawa, Indonesia
  • Palermo, Italy
  • Greater Karak Municipality, Jordan
  • Greater Salt Municipality, Jordan
  • Makueni County, Kenya
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Nandi, Kenya
  • Bishkek City, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mexico City + Cuahutemoc, Mexico
  • Mexico State + Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico
  • Mérida + Yucatan, Mexico
  • Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Tangier – Tetouan – Al-Hoceima, Morocco
  • Sveti Nikole, N. Macedonia
  • Abuja Municipality, Nigeria
  • Plateau State, Nigeria
  • Lima, Peru
  • Borongan City, Philippines
  • Timisoara, Romania
  • Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic
  • Makhanda, South Africa
  • Gwangju City, South Korea
  • Aragon, Spain
  • Cataluña, Spain
  • El Kef Municipality, Tunisia
  • Regueb, Tunisia
  • Khmelnytskyi City, Ukraine
  • Ternopil City, Ukraine
  • Vinnytsia City, Ukraine
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Los Angeles, USA

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About OGP:

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-eight 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).

For questions or to set up interviews please contact commsteam@opengovpartnership.org.

Comments (6)

Cecilia Nava Reply

Hola, buenas tardes
¿Por qué en la Ciudad de México ponen Cuauhtémoc?
¿Sólo entra una alcaldía de las 16 que tiene la capital?

Equipo OGP Local Reply

Estimada Cecilia, un gusto saludarla y muchas gracias por su comentario. Tanto la Ciudad de México como Cuahuhtémoc aplicaron al proceso de manera independiente y fueron sugeridas como consorcio por el comité de selección. Esto no significa que en su futuro plan de acción no puedan participar activamente otras alcadías.
Todo el proceso de selección está documentado aquí: https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/join-ogp-local-call-for-expressions-of-interest-may-2020/

Alejandro Valdivia Reply

Mis felicitaciones a todo el equipo de la Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima – MML | Gobierno del Perú (http://www.munlima.gob.pe/gobierno-abierto)
Por ser una de las instituciones seleccionadas a unirse a la OGP Local 2020, que suma a sus actividades de trabajo con la ciudadanía y seguir impulsando el gobierno abierto, con transparencia, inclusión y participación en conjunto con organizaciones de la sociedad civil.
Atentamente,
Alejandro Valdivia
CEO viasoluciones ®
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My congratulations to the entire team of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima – MML | Government of Peru
http://www.munlima.gob.pe/gobierno-abierto
For being one of the institutions selected to join the OGP Local 2020, which adds to its work activities with citizens and continues to promote open government, with transparency, inclusion and participation in conjunction with civil society organizations.
Sincerely,
Alejandro Valdivia
CEO viasoluciones ®

Daniel Rosemberg Cervantes Pérez Reply

¡Buenas tardes! Enhorabuena por la incorporación de más iniciativas a escala local para promover el gobierno abierto. Desde las organizaciones locales que conformamos la Red Mexiquense de Gobierno Abierto celebramos la noticia de la incorporación del Estado de México a la OGP. Aunque en un principio no acompañamos la solicitud por considerar que el gobierno no ha hecho esfuerzos para fortalecer los principios de transparencia, participación ciudadana y rendición de cuentas, creemos que su incorporación es una oportunidad para que el gobierno local demuestre su compromiso con la apertura gubernamental y con esfuerzos locales que se llevan a cabo actualmente como el Ejercicio Local de Gobierno Abierto coordinado por el Instituto de Transparencia Local, además de reformas pendientes como la Ley de Participación Ciudadana.
Nos gustaría contar con transparencia en los criterios de selección para conocer porqué razones fue electo el gobierno del Estado y cuál fue la organización de sociedad civil local que refrendó su solicitud, pues desde nuestro punto de vista los retos, y rezagos, del Estado de México en materia de gobierno abierto todavía son muchos comparado con los grandes avances de otros gobiernos locales como Rosario, Argentina o Cataluña, España.
Muchas gracias y felicitaciones de nuevo por el atinado esfuerzo de ampliar hacia lo local la Alianza de Gobierno Abierto.
Daniel R. Cervantes
Innovación Cívica, A.C.
Red Mexiquense de Gobierno Abierto

Jennifer Pia Las Reply

Congratulations,OGP family for the great success and looking forward to seeing you alj soon.

LUIS GUILLERMO UC BALAM Reply

Estamos construyendo sinergias para implementar el modelo de GOBIERNO ABIERTO A nivel municipal
Nos interesa el acompañamiento de Ustedes

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