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Message to the OGP Community on Coronavirus

Mensaje para la Comunidad de OGP sobre Coronavirus

Dear OGP Community:

Open government thrives when people come together in dialogue and work to co-create and implement reforms that bring governments closer to their people. Sadly, in the current context, it is not possible to have gatherings in many of our member countries. Coronavirus is now present in over 100 countries and the virus has impacted more than 120,000 people.

Given the spread of the pandemic, we encourage OGP participants to follow public health instructions and guidelines in their communities and to delay any planned OGP events to later in the year or, if possible, switch to virtual meetings.

This includes OpenGov Week (OGW) events. OGW is now postponed until further notice. If physical events are already scheduled please delay or move to a digital format. We recognize having digital events is not always accessible or desirable, and for that reason we hope to identify a time to mobilize in-person events later in the year, should the situation allow. During the dates previously planned for OGW May 3 – 10, the OGP Support Unit will arrange a series of digital engagements for the community. Please contact if you have ideas or suggestions for virtual activities during the week. We will be back in touch with the community as plans develop.

In the coming months, it will be challenging for many OGP members to meet the OGP Co-Creation and Participation Standards (basic requirements and advanced steps), including the organization of consultation events and meetings for the co-creation and implementation of action plans and commitments. We are currently working with OGP’s Steering Committee to provide flexibility in our rules and guidance as it relates to action plan submissions, extensions on implementation periods, and IRM review processes during these exceptional circumstances.

Details of the changes will be communicated within the next week.

Please stay well and healthy.

Sanjay Pradhan
Chief Executive Officer
Open Government Partnership


Update: OGP is crowdsourcing open government approaches to tackling COVID-19. Explore the examples and add your own here.

Comments (2)

Kashish Malhotra Reply
The decisive actions of the Government to lockdown the places have been applauded because of its soothing impact on the current restlessness. Although, no one was prepared for it! This unanimous decision of the government to lock down the places has given a scope to the on-demand delivery businesses to carry out their business operations via their service agents. But, how can one be sure the delivery agent is away from any sort of infection?
Safe Pass: How it Works?
With the sudden announcements of lockdown, many of the people have confined them inside the four walls of their houses. However, because of some urgency, many of us need to step outside too. This was becoming troublesome for the Government and other concerned authorities to take a charge over the situation because stepping out from the home in some cases was equally important, as staying at home was!
To deal with this strange situation, we are launching with our “Safe Pass app”. This app will help the government and agents in the easy distribution of the lockdown passes. This app would also allow in marking the people safe from the infection, even in scenarios when they need to come out. This could be done via checking the vitals, cough, fever and cold of individuals. This will give a clear indication of whether the person is suffering from the contagious ailment or not.
How Restaurants and On-demand delivery businesses can get benefit from it?
In the midst of all the chaos, here is news to cherish. With Safe Pass, you can keep on moving ahead with the sales of your business without any interruption. As soon as your delivery agents need to step out of their places to make a delivery, their vitals would be monitored. This recorded vitals would be an assistance in allowing the agents to get clearance for reaching the desired destination.
As soon as your restaurant or an on-demand delivery business gets an order, you will assign a delivery agent to proceed with the further delivery process. To experience uninterrupted delivery, you can use the Safe Pass App. As all government agencies would be registered on this platform all that you have to do is signup on the platform to fill the general information form as mentioned by the government and once it is done it will be sent to the agencies for approval. Once it is approved there you go with smooth and faster deliveries to your customers.
How will the Government benefit from Safe Pass?
We all know that the Government is already burdened with the responsibilities of keeping the people safe and away from the deadly outrage. To reduce their burden, Safe Pass could be used. It will help in ensuring minimizing their task. The optimized use of Safe Pass would allow in:
Reducing the applications to release pass for people to step out
Gives a clear picture of the individual health status through the recorded information via Safe Pass app
If an individual turns out to be a positive case;
In such unwanted situations, Safe Pass will notify the concerned authorities in the first place. It will also help in tracking the people where the agent has delivered the order in the last 7-10 days. Thus, informing the government and people on the spot. This extended reach of the Safe Pass App will help in making the Government work more seamlessly and less complexity.
Let’s fight it together
Our venture Safe Pass App is created, keeping in mind the restlessness among the on-demand delivery businesses and the impending hassles of Government to serve the community altogether.
This initiative will be a win-win situation for all if everyone plays its role sensibly! For more information,connect with us.

Naomirufus Reply

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