Local governments are closest to their citizens, resulting in innovative and ambitious open government reforms. Whether a state, prefecture or municipality, local governments are in charge of delivering essential public services. That’s why OGP Local was launched in 2016, building partnerships between local governments and civil society organizations to make governments more open, inclusive, participatory and accountable to their citizens. Learn more about the innovations happening at the local level here.
OGP is delighted to announce a new expansion of the OGP Local with a planned intake of up to 50 new local governments in 2022. To that end, we are launching a Call for Applications for New Local Members interested in joining OGP.
After completing an orientation and training program, new members will have to develop and implement an OGP Action Plan through a multi-stakeholder co-creation process, monitor and learn from their progress and participate in peer exchange activities. Details on responsibilities and process for new members can be found on the OGP Local Handbook. Interested parties are encouraged to read it before applying.
Why Join OGP Local
Joining OGP Local comes with benefits for government and non-governmental stakeholders (civil society organizations, community organizations/groups, citizen councils/groups, citizen-led social movements, local chambers of commerce, universities, youth councils/groups, etc.) involved in the process. By joining, jurisdictions become members of a global community of local open government leaders. OGP Local members have access to:
- A global network with more than 150 governments and more than 3000 civil society organizations in all continents. OGP is a global platform for governments and civil society to come together and identify solutions to challenges, and leverage civil society and other stakeholders in implementing reforms.
- Mentorships, research and knowledge products, peer exchanges, thematic and issue-based learning circles. OGP’s vast network of practitioners can offer expertise and practical lessons to locals seeking to advance open government reforms in a variety of different policy areas from participatory budgeting, to tackling climate change, to opening budgets.
- Featuring open government achievements through OGP’s communication channels and events. OGP shines a global spotlight on the work of reformers and successful reforms through its global convenings, stories, videos, and peer exchange opportunities.
- Online structured orientation and ongoing training on open government. The online orientation builds the capacity and skills of government and non-governmental stakeholders to apply open government principles to their work within and outside their OGP Local process.
New members will receive the necessary guidance and support in order to plan, design and implement their open government reforms, co-create OGP action plans, and set up their evaluation and learning system.
For more information check out our brochure here.
Local jurisdictions (states, provinces, devolved nations, cities, towns, municipalities and
other tiers of administration) from countries that are participating in OGP that are not suspended at the time of applications are eligible to apply.
In addition, at least 18 months are left in the term of the current government at the time of application to ensure new members sufficient time to to develop the first OGP Local Action Plan.
If you have any questions regarding this call for new members, please email email@example.com