To be eligible to participate in the program, interested local and regional governments must have a population of at least 250,000 people, and be within a participating OGP country that is not in inactive or suspended status or is subject to stage 1 or stage 2 actions under the Response Policy (visit the Response Policy webpage here, and the Procedural Review webpage here.
In addition to the minimum eligibility criteria, interested governments need to:
- Demonstrate commitment from the political leader of the government entity to advance government reforms embraced in an OGP Action Plan, and fully support the delivery of such commitments as part of the local government’s function.
- Have necessary human resources who can dedicate time to engage in the OGP process, including the development and implementation of commitments in collaboration with civil society.
- Have a demonstrated track record of, or commitment to, open government; for example through open data, civic engagement, access to information, budget and fiscal transparency, or participatory policy making.
- Express interest in receiving direct, institutional support from OGP to co-create commitments and advance their open government reform efforts.
- Have experience of working positively with local civil society and a commitment to protecting civic space and engaging constructively with citizens outside government.
- Have a willingness to share experience and insights with peers.
2018-2020 cohort of OGP Local participants