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Open Parliaments

Sustainable open government reforms require legislative support. For OGP members, partnering with parliament helps deliver on the open government agenda.

Overview

Lasting and meaningful steps towards open government require the support and buy-in of parliaments.  Parliaments have proven key partners in delivering OGP reforms by taking legislative action, securing financial backing and building cross-party support, among others. They can also play a critical role in providing oversight of OGP commitments.  

To accommodate our growing engagement with legislative institutions, OGP invites parliaments to co-create parliamentary commitments or ‘open parliament chapters’ as part of their action plan.  Commitments that are co-created as part of the OGP action plan will be assessed by the  Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM).

Parliaments have a role to play in a quarter of all OGP commitments.  Open parliament commitments, relating directly to parliamentary institutions themselves, are the second fastest growing area within OGP, with a current total of 145 commitments from more than 55 parliaments.  


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Memorandum on Parliamentary Engagement

This memorandum aims to provide a coherent framework for parliamentary engagement where it is pursued. Recognizing that different political systems...


Current Commitments


Resources

  1. Memorandum on Parliamentary Engagement

    This memorandum aims to provide a coherent framework for parliamentary engagement where it is pursued. Recognizing that different political systems...

    2021, Guidance Document, Web Page

  2. Parliamentary Engagement Policy Guidance (Previous Edition)

    Recognizing the benefits of regularizing parliamentary engagement in OGP, the OGP Steering Committee adopted this Policy Guidance to facilitate and…

    2017, Resource, Web Page

  3. Parliaments as Partners for Open Government Reform

    Parliaments can be formidable champions of the principles and values of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and pivotal partners in…

    2018, Document, PDF

  4. Parliaments and the Power of Young People: A Call to Action

    Explore the findings from a recent survey conducted by the OpenGov Youth Collective about how young people perceive parliament and…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  5. Parliaments and Open Government: Early Lessons from Country Experiences

    This tool pulls together early lessons from the Open Parliament e-Network (OPeN)'s project with the OGP Multi-Donor Trust Fund, which…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  6. Webinar: Working Towards an Open State

    This webinar was organized by the Open Parliament e-Network (OPeN) for Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) 2020. Hear from panelists…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  7. Open Parliaments Fact Sheet

    A look at global progress and member-level examples of open parliament work in OGP

    2021, Document, PDF


The Open Parliament eNetwork (OPeN) 

OGP’s parliamentary engagement is driven by a longstanding commitment on the part of leading parliamentary partners that deliver in-country technical assistance.  The Open Parliament eNetwork (OPeN), formally launched in March 2018, supports open parliament initiatives across OGP and beyond.

Members include:


Commitments


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OGP Policy Progress Reports

As OGP marks 10 years since its founding, see how the OGP platform and a growing global community of reformers in governments, civil society, business, media and international organizations have advanced a variety of policy areas.

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2021 IRM Week Infographics

To contribute to reflections on the 10 year anniversary of OGP and leading up to the 7th OGP Global Summit hosted by the Republic of Korea, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is sharing four key learning from recent findings of…

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