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Open Parliaments

An open parliament – one that encourages transparency, participation, and accountability both within the parliamentary institution and throughout government – is an essential part of an open government.

Overview

An open parliament – one that encourages transparency, participation, and accountability throughout the legislative process – is an essential part of an open government. Ensuring access to legislative information and creating mechanisms for public participation and accountability are critical to building an open, trusting relationship with citizens. Parliaments can also lead by example by adopting open government principles within their own processes and practices, including measures to improve its accountability to citizens.

Parliaments can engage with the OGP in a number of ways. Read more.


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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...

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Parliamentary Engagement in National OGP Processes: Menu of Options (2022)

This document complements the Memorandum on Parliamentary Engagement, adopted by the OGP Steering Committee in November 2021. It captures the approaches taken by a growing number of OGP members, illustrating how parliaments can participate in OGP and help advance the…

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Guidance for OGP Parliamentary Action Plans (2022)

The Memorandum on Parliamentary Engagement adopted by the OGP Steering Committee in November 2021 outlines three models for parliamentary engagement in OGP: direct participation in the national or local OGP process; stand-alone open parliament plans (hereby known as OGP parliamentary…


Recommendations

Explore our list of recommendations for actions that parliaments can take to advance open government through legislation, oversight, opening up parliamentary institutions and processes, and fostering dialogue.


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. Open Parliaments Fact Sheet

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

    2021, Document, PDF

  3. Parliamentary Engagement in OGP: Learning from the Evidence

    This paper aims to inform the Legislative Engagement Policy review and serves as background for consultations with parliaments and partners.

    2021, Research Product, Web Page

  4. 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

  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. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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


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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GLOW 2022: Parliaments at the Heart of Open Government Reform

Throughout the week of 17–22 October 2022, the Open Parliament e-Network (OPeN) will host a series of virtual, hybrid, and in-person events worldwide to celebrate the resilience of parliamentary reformers in championing open government values.

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Opening the Americas

Open Americas is and will be a very powerful space for champions of the Americas to come together and share experiences and make plans to...

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Parliamentary Engagement in National OGP Processes: Menu of Options (2022)

This document complements the Memorandum on Parliamentary Engagement, adopted by the OGP Steering Committee in November 2021. It captures the approaches taken by a growing number of OGP members, illustrating how parliaments can participate in OGP and help advance the…

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