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Open Government Partnership 2020 Annual Report

Delivering Results in a Year of Profound Challenges

The year 2020 saw a confluence of crises. In addition to the profound crises associated with COVID-19 and ongoing and growing inequality and systemic racism, communities everywhere also struggled with severe economic challenges, a climate emergency, and continued threats to democracy. OGP has an essential role to play in tackling these crises, and as a result in 2020 we adjusted our strategies and approaches to ensure we delivered solutions where the need was greatest.

What we saw was that open government has the potential to save lives and livelihoods like never before: from transparent disclosure of COVID-19 cases and testing that empowered citizens to take mitigating actions to open contracting for better emergency health procurement. The pandemic also galvanized open government advocates worldwide to innovate on rapid policy responses, collaborate across borders to share knowledge, and lead on recovery efforts at the global, regional, and country level.

To accelerate this work in response to COVID-19, OGP launched a global campaign focusing on open response and recovery, adjusted OGP processes to better support members, created spaces for exchange and learning, and convened leaders and experts from around the world to engage and activate the open government community.

This annual report provides an overview of OGP’s actions in response to the pandemic and its multiple challenges. It also highlights five key results obtained in priority areas identified prior to the pandemic.

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Featured in the Report

While OGP members work across many policy areas, the work on Gender and Inclusion, Justice, Anti-Corruption and Digital Governance were some of the most illustrative examples this past year. Read about them below:

Beyond the Action Plans

From launching the Open Response + Open Recovery global campaign to adjusting OGP’s support and services due to the pandemic, 2020 was filled with many opportunities to demonstrate the value that the organization can bring. See how OGP adapted, innovated and grew below:


Open Response, Open Recovery

OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled governments and citizens alike to take unprecedented, mitigating actions. In their shared struggle, mutual trust between government and citizenry can be key for successful, mutually-reinforcing response and recovery.

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An Extraordinary Gathering to Build Back Better

We witnessed an extraordinary gathering on September 24, 2020.  In the midst of the pandemic, amidst global protests against inequality and systemic racism, amidst an unprecedented rise in authoritarian leaders attacking democracy and civic freedoms, a coalition of world leaders ...

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A Guide to Open Government and the Coronavirus

This guide is a one-stop shop for the best current resources on how open government projects and approaches can support tackling the pandemic.

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OGP Local

Through OGP Local, participants can learn how to use open government values such as transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and inclusion to better meet the needs of the citizens they serve.

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Action Network

The OGP Action Network is composed of the Ambassadors, Envoys and Leaders Networks, and are a group of senior figures, former Steering Committee members, and government and civil society teams working to raise OGP’s global profile, position the Partnership as an implementation platform for commitments, and share expertise on open government thematic areas and values.

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OGP’s Implementation Plan: 2020-2022

The Open Government Partnership’s founding mission and vision remain as powerful today as they were in 2011, and yet the context for our work has changed profoundly. On the one hand OGP has grown into a mature partnership, with 78…


IRM Refresh

In 2018, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) published a Review Report of its work and impact. The report was based on interviews with more than 50 OGP stakeholders and a survey of more than 100 civil society and government actors familiar with the IRM. The IRM refresh process is aimed to address the findings in the IRM Review Report.

Fiscal Transparency

Find an overview of OGP’s 2020 financial details below. All of OGP’s budgets, audit reports, and other financial information are available online. All figures below are in US dollars.

Total Revenue (actual)  Total Expenses (actual) 
11,577,436 $9,928,301


2020 Funders

Government Grants

  • Canada International Development Research Centre
  • European Commission
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Contributions from 29 national member governments

Private Foundations

  • Chandler Foundation
  • Charles S. Mott Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Luminate
  • Omidyar Network
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Learn More

Download the complete 2020 Annual Report here.

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