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Marginalized Communities

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.


Break the Roles

Break the Roles is a campaign to strengthen the gender perspectives and increase the voices of women and underrepresented groups in OGP.


  • 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, Page, 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, Documents, 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, Documents, Web Page


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

    BUE0004, 2017, E-Government

  2. Starred commitment Equity Assessment Tool

    AUS0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  3. Starred commitment AIP Law and Principles of Open Government

    PY0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  4. Starred commitment Access to Information for People with Disabilities

    CO0033, 2015, Capacity Building

  5. Starred commitment Historical Memory of the Internal Armed Conflict

    CO0054, 2015, Human Rights

  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, E-Government

  8. Expanding community-based justice services

    SL0022, 2019, Justice

  9. Create youth strategy

    DE0018, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  10. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, E-Government

  11. Advancing gender equality

    SL0027, 2019, Gender

  12. Campaign Against Youth Drug Use

    LK0028, 2019, Education

  13. Open parliament

    SL0028, 2019, Capacity Building

  14. Open Data

    LK0029, 2019, E-Government

  15. Participation for Persons with Disabilities

    LK0031, 2019, Land & Spatial Planning

  16. Disability Rights Bill

    LK0032, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  17. CEDAW Implementation

    LK0035, 2019, Capacity Building

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

    LK0038, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  19. Inclusion in Court Contracting

    AUS0007, 2019, Infrastructure & Transport

  20. Simplification, Performance, and Equal Opportunities

    IT0064, 2019, E-Government

  21. Digital Citizenship and Skills

    IT0066, 2019, Capacity Building

  22. Solidarity Factory

    PAR0006, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  23. Improving understandability and inlcusion of government information

    FI0030, 2019, Capacity Building

  24. Improved Public Services

    GE0066, 2018, Capacity Building

  25. Implementation of the National Water Plan

    UY0099, 2018, E-Government

  26. Observatory on Gender-Based Violence Against Women

    UY0102, 2018, E-Government

  27. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, E-Government

  28. Human Trafficking Prevention

    UY0104, 2018, Capacity Building

  29. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  30. Participation for Disabled Individuals

    GE0083, 2018, Infrastructure & Transport

  31. Student Participation

    UY0116, 2018, Capacity Building

  32. Open Government Culture

    UY0117, 2018, Capacity Building

  33. National Dance Plan

    UY0118, 2018, Gender

  34. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Capacity Building

  35. Mapping Homeless and Socially Endangered Families and Individuals

    MK0123, 2018, E-Government

  36. Gender and Youth Perspective in Rural Areas

    UY0122, 2018, Gender

  37. Observatory for Equality and Non-Discrimination

    UY0123, 2018, Gender

  38. Improve Diversity in Government

    UY0124, 2018, E-Government

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

    UY0125, 2018, Capacity Building

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

    MK0128, 2018, Capacity Building

  41. Employment Program Transparency and Impact Assessment Mechanism

    MK0129, 2018, Capacity Building

  42. National Plan for Persons with Disabilities

    UY0127, 2018, Justice

  43. Inclusive Local Decision-Making

    MK0134, 2018, Gender

  44. Improving Access to Justice for Marginalized Groups of Citizens

    MK0137, 2018, Capacity Building

  45. Financial Transparency and Accountability

    CA0065, 2018, E-Government

  46. Draft Law on Non-Discrimination

    SV0095, 2018, Human Rights

  47. Healthy Democracy

    CA0069, 2018, Civic Space

  48. Civic Electoral Education

    HN0064, 2018, Capacity Building

  49. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Capacity Building

  50. Feminist and Inclusive Dialogue

    CA0071, 2018, Capacity Building

  51. Reconciliation and Open Government

    CA0072, 2018, Capacity Building

  52. Open Government Community

    CA0073, 2018, Capacity Building

  53. ISO 9001 Certification

    HN0068, 2018, E-Government

  54. Transparent Public Procurement

    ELG0005, 2018, Capacity Building

  55. Expand Opportunities for Civic Participation

    ELG0006, 2018, Capacity Building

  56. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  57. Public Healthcare Service Delivery

    ELG0007, 2018, E-Government

  58. Youth Empowerment

    ELG0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  59. Education Sector Transparency

    HN0075, 2018, Capacity Building

  60. Increase opportunities for citizens to visit the legislature

    MO0022, 2018, Legislature

  61. Integration of Maltese Islands

    MT0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  62. Capacity Building for Inclusive Care Services

    CL0055, 2018, Capacity Building

  63. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  64. Youth Participation

    TN0045, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  65. Youth Parliament

    NZ0013, 2018, Capacity Building

  66. Fostering National Dialogue to Achieve Political Reform

    JO0061, 2018, Capacity Building

  67. Informal Economy Participants

    PNG0004, 2018, Capacity Building

  68. Gender Equality

    BUE0008, 2018, Capacity Building

  69. Citizen Feedback Portal

    KAD0005, 2018, E-Government

  70. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Capacity Building

  71. Public Monitorig of Infrastructure

    COT0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  72. Transparency in Public Procurement

    COT0003, 2018, Capacity Building

  73. Open Legislation

    COT0005, 2018, E-Government

  74. Youth Participation

    RO0051, 2018, Capacity Building

  75. Open Contracting

    KE0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  76. Access to Social Services

    RO0061, 2018, E-Government

  77. Transparency and Participation in Health Data

    ID0093, 2018, E-Government

  78. Accountability to Indigenous Peoples

    PY0035, 2018, Audits and Controls

  79. Public Consultation Reform

    ID0100, 2018, Capacity Building

  80. Socialization of Social Services Areas of Health and Education

    PY0036, 2018, Capacity Building

  81. Strengthen Citizen Participation in Programs to Combat Poverty

    PY0039, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  82. Exploring Medical Assistance Program

    AM0043, 2018, E-Government

  83. Active Participation of Children and Adolescents Organized

    PY0047, 2018, Capacity Building

  84. Financial and Performance Transparency

    SCO0006, 2018, Fiscal Transparency

  85. Open Policy Making and Participation in Service Delivery

    SCO0007, 2018, Capacity Building

  86. Decide Freedom - Improving Civic Involvement

    LAL0005, 2018, Capacity Building

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

    PY0050, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  88. Improving Accountability of Regional Government

    LAL0006, 2018, E-Government

  89. Transparency and Participation

    SCO0010, 2018, Citizenship and Immigration

  90. Reducing the Digital Divide Literacy

    LAL0008, 2018, Capacity Building

  91. Let Citizens Program

    PY0053, 2018, E-Government

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

    LAL0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  93. Tracking Anemia and Child Malnutrition

    LAL0010, 2018, Capacity Building

  94. Environmental Information

    PY0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  95. Protagonists Young

    PY0064, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  96. Strengthening Youth Councils to Promote Transparency

    DO0051, 2018, Audits and Controls

  97. Dialogue with Citizens

    PY0068, 2018, Judiciary

  98. Digital Literacy

    SEO0006, 2018, Capacity Building

  99. Smart Cities Youth Start Ups

    SEO0007, 2018, E-Government

  100. We Develop Spaces That Facilitate Citizen Participation

    PY0072, 2018, Audits and Controls

  101. Improve Public Service Practice

    AU0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  102. Promote the Second Phase of the Adaptation Strategy Climate, Through the Model Climate Adaptation (MAC), Participatory and Publishing Open Data.

    GT0086, 2018, Capacity Building

  103. Access to Information and Open Data

    MD0069, 2018, Capacity Building

  104. Strengthen Interagency Coordination and Promote Transparency and Citizen Participation in the Security Sector.

    GT0090, 2018, Gender

  105. Promotion and Dissemination of Progress on the Implementation of the Competitiveness and Dignified Employment Policy

    GT0096, 2018, Capacity Building

  106. Participatory Update of the Social Development and Population Policy

    GT0100, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  107. Increase Ease of Doing Business

    CV0001, 2018, E-Government

  108. Re-Qualification, Rehabilitation, and Accessibility Program

    CV0002, 2018, Health

  109. Strengthening Transparency in the Electoral Process.

    GT0104, 2018, Audits and Controls

  110. Actions to Design and Develop a Computer Tool that Allows Public Institutions to Provide Beneficiary Information of Public Goods and Services Through the Opening of the Meta Physical "Persons" with Characteristics of Sex, Age and Ethnicity.

    GT0108, 2018, E-Government

  111. Public-Police Partnership Councils

    AF0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  112. Tools and Mechanisms to Promote and Advocacy of Population Lgtbi

    CR0056, 2017, Gender

  113. Government Call Centers

    IL0026, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  114. Remotely Accessing Government Services

    IL0033, 2017, Capacity Building

  115. Improve the Skills of the Teachers in the Educational Use of Eib Educational Materials in Various Native Languages ​​And Development Relevant for All Levels and Languages, Involving Parents of Indigenous Communities.

    PE0070, 2017, Capacity Building

  116. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  117. Promote the Improvement of the Conditions Under Which Specific Educational Services for the Population in Rural Areas (Alternation Secondary, Secondary and Secondary Student Residence with Tutorial) Are Provided Through Partnerships with Civil Society.

    PE0073, 2017, Education

  118. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  119. Strengthen Existing Systems on Trafficking to Improve Care for Victims

    PE0083, 2017, Capacity Building

  120. Make Educational Resources Available in Local Langage

    SK0086, 2017, Education

  121. Introduction of Civic Control and Accessibility Mechanisms for Municipal Services

    TBI0005, 2017, Capacity Building

  122. Reducing the Wage Gap Between Men and Women in the State of Jalisco

    JAL0002, 2017, E-Government

  123. State Register of Skills for People with Disabilities

    JAL0003, 2017, Labor

  124. Technological Platform for Continuous Training of Teachers

    JAL0005, 2017, Capacity Building

  125. Opening Spaces for Discussion and Training on the Electoral Process in Argentina

    AR0059, 2017, Education

  126. Public Consultation for the Generation of Statistical Data on Education

    AR0060, 2017, Capacity Building

  127. Citizen Participation in the Cycle of Cultural Policies Home Programs History and Culture of the Bicentennial

    AR0062, 2017, E-Government

  128. Perceptions and Representations of People with Disabilities on Service Institutions

    AR0063, 2017, Capacity Building

  129. Young Guide

    AR0065, 2017, E-Government

  130. Supporting Everyone’s Possibility to Participate.

    FI0023, 2017, E-Government

  131. Civil Society National Strategy

    DK0058, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  132. Permanent Dialogue Mechanism

    NG0012, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  133. Technology-Based Citizens' Feedback

    NG0014, 2017, E-Government

  134. Participation of Children, Adolescents (NNA) and Communities for Transparency in the Management of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare

    CO0067, 2017, Capacity Building

  135. Promoting Access to Information Through Citizen Services in the Deployment of the Integrated Police Transparency Policy

    CO0068, 2017, Capacity Building

  136. Deliver a Fairer Scotland

    SCO0003, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  137. Participatory Budgeting (Also Known as Community Choices in Scotland)

    SCO0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  138. Strengthening Regional and Youth Participation

    CO0073, 2017, E-Government

  139. Increasing Participation

    SCO0005, 2017, Capacity Building

  140. Ending Homelessness

    AUS0001, 2017, Capacity Building

  141. Public Service - Sanitation

    SEK0002, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  142. A More Inclusive Participatory Budget

    PAR0001, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  143. Vulnerable Persons Access to Legal Aid Funds

    BF0003, 2017, Justice

  144. Young People in Public Policies

    ES0031, 2017, Capacity Building

  145. Gender

    SL0012, 2016, Capacity Building

  146. Annual Work Plan of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to Include a Transparent and Accountable Process to Implement Selected Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations.

    LK0012, 2016, Gender

  147. CEDAW Implementation – Accountability

    LK0013, 2016, Gender

  148. CEDAW – Inclusion

    LK0014, 2016, Gender

  149. Promote Participatory Budget in 05 Communes

    CI0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  150. Improvement of Disabled People Social Inclusion at the Local Level

    MK0114, 2016, E-Government

  151. Citizen Innovation.

    HN0057, 2016, E-Government

  152. Engage Canadians to Improve Key Canada Revenue Agency Services

    CA0063, 2016, Civic Space

  153. Resilient Communities

    HN0058, 2016, Capacity Building

  154. Integral and Youth Council for Women

    SV0092, 2016, Capacity Building

  155. Developing New Mechanisms to Promote Interaction with the Youth and Enable Them to Pursue Dialogue About Public Policies

    TN0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  156. Strengthen the Facilities Available for Persons with Disabilities to Access the Justice System

    JO0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  157. Channels of Citizen Monitoring Public Works and Services.

    PY0027, 2016, E-Government

  158. Citizen Participation in Public Policy Design.

    PY0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  159. Improve Access to Justice: Framework to Assist Vulnerable Persons

    IE0034, 2016, Judiciary

  160. Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making: Youth

    IE0037, 2016, Marginalized Communities

  161. National Youth Advisory Council

    UY0060, 2016, Capacity Building

  162. Follow the Recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

    UY0066, 2016, Capacity Building

  163. Adapting the Public Service Hall to the Needs of the People with Disabilities

    GE0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  164. Inclusion and Continuing Education of People with Disabilities

    UY0078, 2016, Capacity Building

  165. Training Prior Consultation Law

    PE0056, 2015, Capacity Building

  166. Accountability of Programs Aimed at Children

    PE0061, 2015, Fiscal Transparency

  167. Participation of Women in the Public Service

    MT0008, 2015, Capacity Building

  168. Participatory Policies for People with Disabilities

    AR0022, 2015, Capacity Building

  169. Publication of Procedures

    PA0006, 2015, Capacity Building

  170. Accessibility of Government Information Online

    US0054, 2015, Marginalized Communities

  171. Strengthen Citizen Participation

    CO0042, 2015, Gender

  172. Departmental Consultative Shaping Tables of Black Communities, Afro, Raizal and Palenquera

    CO0043, 2015, Marginalized Communities

  173. Environmental Public Expenditure Management

    CO0049, 2015, Audits and Controls

  174. Integrated Service Centers (Si Presencial)

    CO0051, 2015, Marginalized Communities

  175. Free Women from Violence and Discrimination

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  176. Participatory Construction of Public Policy LGBTI

    CO0056, 2015, Gender

  177. Houses of Justice

    CR0042, 2015, Justice

  178. 27 Territorial Councils for Rural Development

    CR0043, 2015, Infrastructure & Transport

  179. Talking for Good Living with Indigenous Peoples (RIBCA)

    CR0044, 2015, Marginalized Communities

  180. Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program

    SV0065, 2014, Capacity Building

  181. Consulting Canadians

    CA0041, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  182. Community Empowerment to Handle Poor Society and People with Disabilities and Special Needs

    ID0043, 2014, Health

  183. BPS Result 10 – New Zealanders Can Complete Their Transactions with the Government Easily in a Digital Environment

    NZ0001, 2014, E-Government

  184. Call on All Municipalities to Facilitate Advance Voting

    DK0035, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  185. Letter of Invitation to First-Time Voters Urging Them to Vote

    DK0036, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  186. Institutionalizing the First Level of Health Care

    GT0038, 2014, Health

  187. Providing Customized Services

    KR0018, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  188. Affirmative Action for People of African Descent: Transparency and Accountability

    UY0023, 2014, Capacity Building

  189. Problem Solving Courts

    BG0041, 2014, Judiciary

  190. Support Children and Young People as Citizens. Develop, Finalise and Publish the First Government Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making.

    IE0021, 2014, Capacity Building

  191. Maximise Participation and Understanding of Young People in Civic Life

    IE0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  192. Made for Youth

    UY0053, 2014, E-Government

  193. Accessibility of Ministry of Interior's Webpage to People with Special Needs

    GE0026, 2014, E-Government

  194. Inclusive Elementary and Secondary Education for Persons with Disabilities

    MK0082, 2014, Education

  195. Informing Women on the Rights and the Services Available to Them with the Programme

    MK0085, 2014, Capacity Building

  196. Accessibility Evaluation of Government Infrastructure.

    SV0045, 2013, Capacity Building

  197. Accessibility for Blind People Government Portal

    SV0046, 2013, Capacity Building

  198. Training to Improve Services for People with Disabilities

    SV0047, 2013, Capacity Building

  199. Law on Access to Public Information for the Blind

    SV0048, 2013, Capacity Building

  200. Development of the National System for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SINAPIR)

    BR0074, 2013, Human Rights

  201. Redesign of the Current Protection Programs

    BR0083, 2013, Human Rights

  202. Beneficiaries Unique and Open Standard

    MX0043, 2013, Marginalized Communities

  203. Combatting All Forms of Discrimination: Carry Out Activities Defined in the Signed Memorandum of Cooperation with the NGOs

    ME0047, 2012, Civic Space

  204. Combatting All Forms of Discrimination: Trainings for Police Officers for Professional Conduct with LGBT Persons

    ME0048, 2012, Capacity Building

  205. Combatting All Forms of Discrimination: Trainings for Police Officers Related to Disabled Persons

    ME0049, 2012, Capacity Building

  206. Combatting All Forms of Discrimination: Free-Up Public Traffic Areas Used by Disabled. Define Procedures for Control of Passengers & Vehicles

    ME0050, 2012, Human Rights

  207. Combatting All Forms of Discrimination: Adjust the Security Centre in Accordance with Disabled Persons’ Needs and Appoint a Contact Person

    ME0051, 2012, Human Rights

  208. Gender and Child Aspects in Government Units Budget

    JO0028, 2012, Gender

  209. Citizen Self-Services: Guidance and Information on Accessibility to Digital Solutions

    DK0012, 2012, E-Government

  210. Measures to Promote Gender Equality and Women’S Full Participation in Civic Life, the Private Sector, the Public Administration and Political Processes.

    NO0002, 2011, Gender

  211. Gender Equality – Participation in the Private Sector

    NO0003, 2011, Gender

  212. Increase Women's Representation in Local Government

    NO0004, 2011, Gender

  213. Gender Equality Program

    NO0005, 2011, Gender

  214. Gender Equality – Inclusion of Immigrant Women

    NO0006, 2011, Gender

  215. Gender Equality – Combat Gender Stereotypes

    NO0007, 2011, Gender

  216. Gender Equality – Youth Initiatives

    NO0008, 2011, Gender

  217. Gender Equality – Combat Domestic Violence

    NO0009, 2011, Gender

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