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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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Overview

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.


Recommendations

  • 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.

Resources

  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


Commitments


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