Inclusion is fundamental to achieving more equitable, representative, and accountable governance. Despite the progress the world has seen over the past 30 years, communities everywhere struggle with systemic inequalities and deeply-rooted systems of discrimination, including economic, political, social, and cultural beliefs, norms, and laws.
In order for governments to be truly open and representative, they must serve all people – including those who may have specific policy needs; experience physical, intellectual, or social vulnerabilities; or lack political access or influence. Open government is one important avenue to broaden the base of diverse participation in policymaking, and ensuring policies reflect the needs, priorities, and input of those who use them.
Since 2011, OGP members have made over 400 commitments related to the inclusion of historically under-represented communities in open government efforts. While inclusion commitments have addressed a range of underrepresented or vulnerable groups’ needs, certain groups have been more consistently included in commitments across OGP. Commitment communities include those who identify as women and girls, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, youth, people with disabilities, and more country or regionally-specific communities. Commitments range from expanding access to sexual and reproductive health care, targeted employment or education services, inclusive participatory budgeting or access to procurement to increasing leadership and representation in decision-making bodies.