Why Bother? The Motivation Question in Citizen Feedback

When we set up a way of collecting citizens’ feedback, too often there’s a big assumption we are making. We assume that the citizen – indeed, a diverse range of citizens – those who have power and those who do…

Citizen feedback in practice

Opening up governance activities to citizen participation is slowly, but surely, becoming the norm, thanks to the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Aided with computer technology, government entities have established mechanisms for citizen feedback in the hope of using them as…

Champions for Champions: Behind the scenes of making open government work

Reflections from the OGP Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 2018, Seoul, South Korea I arrived at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, the official venue of the 2018 OGP Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on November 4, a day before the…

Truly open government means handing over power – 1.8 billion young people are ready to take it

Truly open, accountable governance cannot be advanced from the top down. Nor can it come about without the leadership of half the world’s population - young people. That’s why I’m excited to see a strong focus on youth in the…

Empowering youth through open government commitments

There are 1.8 billion young people in the world, and it is the fastest growing age group on the planet. Although dynamic, youth is often deprived access to decision-makers, especially in developing countries. Through open government, young activists attempt to…