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OGP members have opened up new conversations with marginalized and under-represented communities leading to improved health and education outcomes.

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Despite the progress the world has seen over the past 30 years, one third of the global population continues to live in extreme poverty, and communities everywhere struggle with deeply-rooted systems of discrimation, including economic, political, social, and cultural beliefs, norms, and laws.

OGP members have made more than 200 commitments to engage with marginalized or under-represented communities. These commitments focus on how to better understand their unique needs and remove barriers to information and services. 

Progress in ending extreme poverty and improving lives through access to better health, education, jobs, and opportunities are only possible and sustainable if they include everyone.

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How Mexico Can Strengthen Public Care Services to Reduce Gender Inequality

This blog is part of a series from students of the Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris who interviewed reformers working on initiatives recognized by the OGP Leaders Network. Read the series here.  Despite Mexico being a leader of transformative gender equality, it remains ranked…

Maricela in RIBCA, Costa Rica

Bridging the Gap to Protect Environmental Rights

OGP can serve as a space to ensure that efforts to enhance information, participation, and accountability translate into concrete outcomes to address the issues that environmental defenders are facing.


  • Advance the implementation of disaggregated data. The government of Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya uses disaggregated data to ensure equitable delivery of public services. 
  • Participate in system assessments to protect the rights of the under-represented.  Prior to finalizing their action plan, Canada conducted a GBA+ review of all draft commitments to ensure the full plan took into consideration the needs of all equity-seeking groups.
  • Ensure OGP processes are more inclusive by inviting under-represented communities and civil society groups working on equality and human rights to the table.  Through OGP, Costa Rica worked to include the voices of reformers and indigenous leaders by presenting information in local languages and requiring all government agencies to engage in meaningful dialogue. This led to new schools, housing, and healthcare services. 
  • Design commitments that advance the priorities of under-represented groups. In the United States, Austin, Texas formed the Equity Action Team (EAT) – a collaboration of 25 city departments and 43 civil society organizations – to discuss, develop and test a new equity assessment tool designed to incorporate citizen feedback in budget decisions. To better integrate refugees, Germany launched a competition to encourage local governments, the private sector, and citizens to build public understanding and trust.


  1. Actions for a More Inclusive Open Government Partnership

    Opening up government is an underexplored method for accelerating gender equality and closing critical gaps in information, access, and participation.

    2019, , Web Page

  2. New Commitments, New Approaches: 2018 – 2020 Action Plans

    This publication highlights notable commitments from the 2018-2020 action plans in five emerging policy areas within the OGP community and…

    2019, Resource, Web Page

  3. Star Reforms in the Open Government Partnership (Second Edition, 2018)

    This guide showcases a selection of twelve commitments from action plans that the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) awarded “star” status…

    2018, Research Product, Web Page


  1. Starred commitment Equity Assessment Tool

    AUS0002, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  2. Starred commitment Comprehensive Portal Providing Information and Channel Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the City of Buenos Aires.

    BUE0004, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  3. Starred commitment AIP Law and Principles of Open Government

    PY0025, 2016, Marginalized Communities

  4. Starred commitment Access to Information for People with Disabilities

    CO0033, 2015, Marginalized Communities

  5. Starred commitment Historical Memory of the Internal Armed Conflict

    CO0054, 2015, Marginalized Communities

  6. Starred commitment Hold Referenda Arising from the Recommendations of the Constitutional Convention

    IE0010, 2014, Gender

  7. Starred commitment Preparing a Digital Reform of the Public Welfare Areas

    DK0026, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  8. Create specific budget line for purchase of contraceptive products

    CI0033, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  9. Increase number of days operating school canteens

    CI0035, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  10. Implement citizen assessment process to improve public service delivery

    AL0069, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  11. Establish directorate to improve citizens' access to legal aid

    AL0070, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  12. Implement e-government system adopting Open Contracting Data Standard

    KE0025, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  13. Publish open data to spur innovation in public service delivery and development

    KE0026, 2020, Digital Governance

  14. Increase efforts to promote public participation in the legislative process

    KE0027, 2020, Civic Space

  15. Implement legislation to increase access to justice

    KE0030, 2020, Justice

  16. Increase youth involvement in decision-making processes

    RO0067, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  17. Improving access to social services for vulnerable citizens

    RO0069, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  18. Promote rights of citizens belonging to national minorities

    RO0073, 2020, Civic Space

  19. Develop electronic system for reporting violence against children

    RS0049, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  20. Transformative Fiscal Transparency

    ZA0025, 2020, Fiscal Openness

  21. Education and Training in Open Government

    ES0050, 2020, Gender

  22. Observatory of Open Government

    ES0052, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  23. Publish open data to promote gender equality policies

    ES0056, 2020, Gender

  24. Improve transparency and accessiblity of open government website

    ES0061, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  25. Promote youth participation in designing public policies

    ES0070, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  26. Ensure greater accessibility in participating in public decisions

    ES0075, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  27. Improve youth participation in Aragón

    ES0076, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  28. Encourage participation of children and teens in Navarra

    ES0083, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  29. Promote commitment of youth in citizen participation

    ES0104, 2020, Fiscal Openness

  30. Digital accessibility for persons with disabilities

    UA0096, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  31. Increasing youth participation in policy

    UA0097, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  32. Publish gender-disaggregated open data

    UA0100, 2020, Gender

  33. Open Data Platform - Bidding Bank of the Mayor's Office of Palmira

    CO0087, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  34. Open Justice in the Judiciary

    CL0068, 2020, Gender

  35. Publish budget information online

    LR0038, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  36. Make legislative process more transparent and participatory

    LR0043, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  37. Implement transparent SGBV roadmap

    LR0045, 2020, Gender

  38. Increase youth engagement in national policy

    LR0046, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  39. Monitor fulfillment of commitments

    LR0047, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  40. Increase public service access for marginalized groups

    ID0115, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  41. Accessibility for persons with disabilities in judicial process

    ID0116, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  42. Provide legal aid to vulnerable groups

    ID0119, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  43. Ensure access to legal aid information

    ID0120, 2020, Justice

  44. Make social welfare data more transparent

    ID0121, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  45. Create digital platform for female health services

    ID0124, 2020, Public Service Delivery

  46. Issue decrees to establish Participatory Budget

    CI0026, 2020, Fiscal Openness

  47. Expand Access to Health Insurance

    PE0089, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  48. Improve Citizen Access to Socio-Economic Classifications

    PE0096, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  49. Multilingual Call Operators for Police Services

    PE0097, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  50. Oversight Body for Social Services Claims

    DK0069, 2019, Justice

  51. Expanding Community-Based Justice Services

    SL0022, 2019, Justice

  52. Create Youth Strategy

    DE0018, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  53. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  54. Improve Implementation of Right to Access to Information

    SL0026, 2019, Gender

  55. Advancing Gender Equality

    SL0027, 2019, Gender

  56. Campaign Against Youth Drug Use

    LK0028, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  57. Open Parliament

    SL0028, 2019, Gender

  58. Inclusion in Court Contracting

    AUS0007, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  59. Open Data

    LK0029, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  60. Participation for Persons with Disabilities

    LK0031, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  61. Disability Rights Bill

    LK0032, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  62. CEDAW Implementation

    LK0035, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  63. Implementing UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in a Participatory Manner

    LK0038, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  64. Open Official Statistics

    BA0004, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  65. Increase Public Legal Knowledge

    MN0040, 2019, Justice

  66. Register of Beneficial Owners

    IT0059, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  67. Simplification, Performance, and Equal Opportunities

    IT0064, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  68. Citizen Participation in Local Government

    PH0056, 2019, Civic Space

  69. Digital Citizenship and Skills

    IT0066, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  70. Participation in Local Tourism Development

    PH0057, 2019, Gender

  71. Basic Education Inputs Program

    PH0058, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  72. Co-creation of an Open Data Portal for Anti-Corruption

    JAL0012, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  73. Open Data Portal

    PH0059, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  74. Implement EITI

    PH0061, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  75. Passage of Freedom of Information Law

    PH0062, 2019, Gender

  76. Labor Inclusivity and Dispute Resolution

    PH0063, 2019, Gender

  77. Participatory Children's Health and Nutrition Program

    PH0064, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  78. Indigenous Representation in Local Legislative Councils

    PH0065, 2019, Gender

  79. Open Contracting Data Publication

    PH0066, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  80. Implementation of the Access to Information Act

    SYC0002, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  81. Interactive Map for Information about Indigenous People

    AR0080, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  82. Public Information on Human Trafficking

    AR0084, 2019, Justice

  83. Federalization of the Micaela Law

    AR0091, 2019, Gender

  84. Gender Disaggregated Employment Data

    AR0092, 2019, Gender

  85. Systematize Information About Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies

    AR0093, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  86. Revise Law on Recruitment and Authority of Attorneys General

    AF0014, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  87. Establish Anti-Corruption Commission

    AF0016, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  88. Improving Understandability and Inclusion of Government Information

    FI0030, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  89. Women's Empowerment Plan

    AF0030, 2019, Gender

  90. Solidarity Factory

    PAR0006, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  91. Establishment of Women Grand Council

    AF0031, 2019, Gender

  92. Implement Open Contracting and the Open Contracting Data Standard

    NG0016, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  93. Implement EITI Standard

    NG0019, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  94. Implement Permanent Dialogue Mechanism

    NG0025, 2019, Gender

  95. Enhance Participation of the Vulnerable

    NG0028, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  96. Platform for Protecting Human Rights Defenders

    LU0006, 2019, Civic Space

  97. Monitoring of comprehensive sexual education program

    AR0095, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  98. Access to Justice for Vulnerable People

    BF0020, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  99. Socio-Economic Empowerment for Women and Youth

    BF0021, 2019, Gender

  100. Increase Women's Representation in Decision-Making

    BF0022, 2019, Gender

  101. Plan to Eradicate Violence Against Women

    EC0007, 2019, Gender

  102. Citizen Oversight of Social Program Spending

    MX0075, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  103. Citizen Participation in Sustainable Rural Development

    MX0076, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  104. Transparent Education Data

    MX0077, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  105. Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Youth

    MX0078, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  106. Transparency to Promote Labor Inclusion

    MX0079, 2019, Gender

  107. Open Platform for Public Security Information

    MX0080, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  108. Democratic controls on interventions of private communications

    MX0081, 2019, Civic Space

  109. Strengthen Public Care Services

    MX0082, 2019, Gender

  110. Transparency of Forestry, Water, and Fishing Management

    MX0084, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  111. Subnational Open Government Strategy

    MX0087, 2019, Gender

  112. Public Engagement in Policymaking

    LV0044, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  113. Inclusive and Participatory Rural Development

    CR0062, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  114. Improved Public Services

    GE0066, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  115. Implementation of the National Water Plan

    UY0099, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  116. Observatory on Gender-Based Violence Against Women

    UY0102, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  117. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, Gender

  118. Human Trafficking Prevention

    UY0104, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  119. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Gender

  120. Participation for Disabled Individuals

    GE0083, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  121. Student Participation

    UY0116, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  122. Open Government Culture

    UY0117, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  123. National Dance Plan

    UY0118, 2018, Gender

  124. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Gender

  125. Mapping Homeless and Socially Endangered Families and Individuals

    MK0123, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  126. Gender and Youth Perspective in Rural Areas

    UY0122, 2018, Gender

  127. Observatory for Equality and Non-Discrimination

    UY0123, 2018, Gender

  128. Improve Diversity in Government

    UY0124, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  129. Indicators of Welfare and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    UY0125, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  130. Health Sector Transparency and Establish a Cost Impact Assessment Mechanism

    MK0128, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  131. Employment Program Transparency and Impact Assessment Mechanism

    MK0129, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  132. National Plan for Persons with Disabilities

    UY0127, 2018, Justice

  133. Inclusive Local Decision-Making

    MK0134, 2018, Gender

  134. Improving Access to Justice for Marginalized Groups of Citizens

    MK0137, 2018, Justice

  135. Financial Transparency and Accountability

    CA0065, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  136. Draft Law on Non-Discrimination

    SV0095, 2018, Justice

  137. Healthy Democracy

    CA0069, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  138. Civic Electoral Education

    HN0064, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  139. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  140. Feminist and Inclusive Dialogue

    CA0071, 2018, Gender

  141. Reconciliation and Open Government

    CA0072, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  142. Open Government Community

    CA0073, 2018, Gender

  143. ISO 9001 Certification

    HN0068, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  144. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  145. Education Sector Transparency

    HN0075, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  146. Increase Opportunities for Citizens to Visit the Legislature

    MO0022, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  147. Integration of Maltese Islands

    MT0014, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  148. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Gender

  149. Gender Equality

    BUE0008, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  150. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  151. Public Monitoring of Infrastructure

    COT0002, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  152. Transparency in Public Procurement

    COT0003, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  153. Open Legislation

    COT0005, 2018, Gender

  154. Transparent Public Procurement

    ELG0005, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  155. Expand Opportunities for Civic Participation

    ELG0006, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  156. Public Healthcare Service Delivery

    ELG0007, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  157. Youth Empowerment

    ELG0009, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  158. Capacity Building for Inclusive Care Services

    CL0055, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  159. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, Gender

  160. Citizen Feedback Portal

    KAD0005, 2018, Gender

  161. Youth Participation

    TN0045, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  162. Decide Freedom - Improving Civic Involvement

    LAL0005, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  163. Improving Accountability of Regional Government

    LAL0006, 2018, Gender

  164. Youth Parliament

    NZ0013, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  165. Reducing the Digital Divide Literacy

    LAL0008, 2018, Gender

  166. Fostering National Dialogue to Achieve Political Reform

    JO0061, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  167. Transferring the Experiences of Civic Participation to Municipalities of Freedom

    LAL0009, 2018, Gender

  168. Tracking Anemia and Child Malnutrition

    LAL0010, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  169. Informal Economy Participants

    PNG0004, 2018, Gender

  170. Youth Participation

    RO0051, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  171. Open Contracting

    KE0019, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  172. Access to Social Services

    RO0061, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  173. Transparency and Participation in Health Data

    ID0093, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  174. Financial and Performance Transparency

    SCO0006, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  175. Accountability to Indigenous Peoples

    PY0035, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  176. Open Policy Making and Participation in Service Delivery

    SCO0007, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  177. Public Consultation Reform

    ID0100, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  178. Socialization of Social Services Areas of Health and Education

    PY0036, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  179. Transparency and Participation

    SCO0010, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  180. Strengthen Citizen Participation in Programs to Combat Poverty

    PY0039, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  181. Exploring Medical Assistance Program

    AM0043, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  182. Active Participation of Children and Adolescents Organized

    PY0047, 2018, Civic Space

  183. Access Right to the Identity of People, Giving Priority to Vulnerable Groups.

    PY0050, 2018, Justice

  184. Let Citizens Program

    PY0053, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  185. Digital Literacy

    SEO0006, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  186. Smart Cities Youth Start Ups

    SEO0007, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  187. Environmental Information

    PY0058, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  188. Protagonists Young

    PY0064, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  189. Strengthening Youth Councils to Promote Transparency

    DO0051, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  190. Justice Program

    PY0065, 2018, Justice