Apply for an Access to Information Working Group Microgrant!

Call for Proposals

The OGP Access to Information Working Group is pleased to announce its Access to Information Working Group Microgrant: Demonstrating ATI Linkages to OGP Progress Call for Applications.  

Background

Access to information is a fundamental right and a critical element for participation, voice and accountability. Access to information can help governments to be more effective in service delivery and allows citizens to help set priorities and monitor government action. As part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), countries have developed national actions plans which include a series of commitments related to areas such as improved service delivery, fiscal transparency, asset disclosure, e-government, infrastructure, improved public service etc. In some cases, the country national action plans do not include Access to Information (ATI) commitments; in other instances ATI obligations that have been made are not effectively connected to other commitments. 

Grant Details

The microgrants, in the amount of US$1,500 for research papers and US$3,000 for projects, are aimed at demonstrating the importance of access to information in order for countries to fulfill their national action plans. The objective of the microgrants is to provide support for research or programming that can demonstrate and/or advance the linkages between the right of access to information and any other commitment(s) made as part of the OGP national action plan. Successful proposal(s) will identify one or more commitments in their country’s national action plan and demonstrate – through research or programming – the value that a free flow of information can play in fulfilling the particular commitment(s).

Who Should Apply?

Any organization or individual focusing research or programming on an OGP country is eligible to apply.  Government agencies from OGP countries are encouraged to apply in coordination with an organization/person.

Considerations for Application

Assure that:

  • Your research or programming is specific to an OGP country. (You can find the list of 65 countries on the website http://www.opengovpartnership.org/.) 
  • You review the country’s national action plan and identify the specific commitments on which you would like to focus your research or programming.
  • Consider ways that your research or programming demonstrates links between ATI and advancement of those specific commitments.

Example: 

A researcher has decided to focus on the Dominican Republic. She has identified that the Dominican Republic is an OGP country, has reviewed its national action plan and chosen to focus on commitment 12: creation of a tool to allow citizens to participate in the creation of laws. Her proposed research plans to demonstrate the need for a more robust right of ATI in order to achieve meaningful participation, and how ATI should be incorporated into the new tool.

How to Apply

To complete the application, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Oy0bgJd8iZ9PjKXcm9r3CBiljws6N98_XrVUa6gnzew/viewform

Interested parties will be prompted to provide the following information:

  • Title and type of project
  • Type of organization sponsoring/supporting the project (if applicable)
  • Main research paper author or program leader (with a link to his or her CV or LinkedIn page)
  • Brief statement of purpose – what is the purpose of the proposed research/work?
  • Executive summary (summary of the context/focus of the research/program)
  • Methodology and research design
  • Relevance and anticipated impact – why is the link that you have identified between ATI and the other commitment relevant to the work of the Open Government Partnership and what do you see as the impact of your research/project?
  • Contact information of the lead contact for the research/program

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

Successful applicants will specify the particular commitment(s) within the national action plan that serve as the basis for the research/programming.

Timeline

Applications are due no later than May 31, 2015. The microgrant is anticipated for the period June 15, 2015 – October 15, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What language does the final product (research paper or project report) need to be in?

The final product needs to be in English.

How long should the research paper or project report be?

We would anticipate that a research paper would be approximately 25 pages, double-spaced. For a program report, 10-15 pages double-spaced would be appropriate.

For the purposes of this microgrant, what is the difference in criteria between a research paper and a project?

A research paper is based on gathering of evidence (primary or secondary) and through analysis making a theoretical and/or correlational link to demonstrate how access to information is a necessary element for advancing on one (or more) of the other OGP national commitments.

Programming, on the other hand, would include some form of objective, activity and output.  For example, a programming idea might include training/capacity building, or awareness raising, or making of FOI requests re: the other OGP commitment etc. 

What is the time period for completion of the paper/project?

The microgrant is anticipated for the period June 15, 2015 – October 15, 2015. All deliverables are due no later than October 15.

Must I be from an OGP country?

Not necessarily, but the research or programming is restricted to within an OGP country. While the applicant may be from any country, the research and programming must be specific to an OGP country and its particular national action plan commitments.

Can individuals apply for this microgrant?

It is perfectly fine to apply as an individual. However, the research or project must be specific to an OGP country. Moreover, it must serve to demonstrate the value of access to information for advancing specific country commitment(s) made as part of the OGP national plan. You can find the national action plans on the OGP website.

Will my paper/report be published?

Yes. We will distribute your paper/report to all members through the OGP website and listserve and will also share at the bi-annual OGP Summit in Mexico, October 27 - 29, 2015

Additional Information

For any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Neuman, Director, Global Access to Information at The Carter Center, and anchor for OGP ATI Working Group at lneuman@emory.edu

 

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