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Join OGP Local: Call for Expressions of Interest 2023 [Concluded]

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The 2023 call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to join OGP Local has ended.

After receiving many submissions, the OGP Support Unit and OGP Local Selection Committee will now begin to review all expressions of interest and supporting materials.

New members of OGP Local will be selected based on the assessment of criteria outlined in the call for proposals, including the value proposition to join OGP, high level political commitment, the government’s track record in open government reforms, and engagement with local civil society. In addition, other factors were considered to ensure a regionally diverse group, with diverse types and sizes of entities, and different strengths to complement the objectives of OGP Local.

All applicants will be invited to join OGP Local’s Community of Practice and contribute to developing 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.

All applicants will be notified of the results of the call by the end of March 2024.

For any questions in the meantime, feel free to send us an email at local@opengovparntership.org.

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, co-ops, 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.

An OGP action plan offers the opportunity for governments, citizens, civil society, and other non-governmental organizations to sit at the table and jointly define a plan to make the place where they live more open.

OGP Local members have access to:

  • A global network with more than 150 national and local governments and more than 3,000 civil society organizations in all continents. OGP is a global platform for governments and civil society to come together, identify solutions to challenges, and leverage civil society and other stakeholders in implementing reforms.
  • Mentorships, research and knowledge products, peer exchanges, and thematic and issue-based learning circles. OGP has the largest community of practice on open government with practitioners who can offer expertise and practical lessons to local members seeking to advance open government reforms in a variety of different policy areas from participatory budgeting, to climate action, to digital governance.
  • Featuring open government achievements through OGP’s communication channels, events, and awards. 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 guidance and support to plan, design, and implement their open government reforms; co-create an OGP action plan; and set up their evaluation and learning system.

For more information, check out our brochure here.

Eligibility

Local jurisdictions (states, provinces, devolved nations, cities, towns, municipalities, and other tiers of administration) from countries participating in OGP that are not suspended at the time of applications and local jurisdictions in non-participating countries eligible to join OGP can apply to join OGP Local.

There is no population threshold for applying jurisdictions.

Eligible non-member OGP Countries

Angola, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Guyana, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Trinidad and Tobago

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