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Procedural Review

A country’s participation in OGP may be reviewed by the Criteria and Standards Subcommittee, or by the full Steering Committee upon recommendation by the C&S, if it acts contrary to OGP process, or contrary to OGP principles.

The OGP Articles of Governance state that:

“OGP participating governments are expected to uphold the values and principles articulated in the Open Government Declaration and to consistently and continually advance open governance for the well-being of their citizens. If a participating government repeatedly (in two consecutive action plan cycles) acts contrary to OGP process and to its action plan commitments (see Addenda B and C), fails to adequately address issues raised by the IRM, or is taking actions that undermine the values and principles of OGP, upon recommendation of the C&S, the SC may review the participation of that government in OGP.”

A country is considered to have acted contrary to process when:

  1. The country does not publish an Action Plan within 4 months of the due date (by December 31).
  2. The government does not meet the International International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) “Involve” requirement during development or “Inform” during implementation of the Action Plan as assessed by the IRM.
  3. The government fails to collect, publish and document a repository on the national OGP website/webpage in line with IRM guidance.
  4. The IRM Report establishes that there was no progress made on implementing any of the commitments in the country’s Action Plan.

When a country is found to have acted contrary to process, the Support Unit will notify the government via a letter that is also published here and in the OGP Gazette. If a country acts contrary to process for two consecutive Action Plan cycles, it will be placed under Procedural Review by the Criteria and Standards Subcommittee. If a country fails to address the problems that lead to the review process, the Criteria and Standards Subcommittee may consider to recommend to the full Steering Committee that the country be designated as inactive.

On July 16, 2018 the Steering Committee resolved that moving forward, OGP Local governments’ participation in OGP will be subject to the same procedural guidelines as National governments, and that their participation will be subject to Procedural Review if they act contrary to OGP Process.

Procedural Review Cases

The Support Unit will make public all communications regarding governments acting contrary to process here, and list all countries that are currently under review or designated as inactive pursuant to Procedural Review in this page. Any inquiries can be directed to the OGP Support Unit at info@opengovpartnership.org

Countries currently under review:

Countries currently designated as Inactive: