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Help Us Finalize the OGP Co-Creation and Participation Standards

Ayúdanos a finalizar los Estándares de participación y cocreación de OGP

Alonso Cerdan|

The current Participation and Co-creation Standards were introduced in 2016 to improve the   requirements for participation and quality of public consultations, and provide guidance on the ongoing dialogue between government and civil society throughout the OGP action plan cycle. However, the current 60 standards often lead to overlaps, make the process too rigid at times, and create difficulty to follow and measure them. The use of proxy measures to identify the minimum requirements also adds an unnecessary layer of complexity. 

Over the last 24 months, the OGP Criteria and Standards Subcommittee and OGP Support Unit have consulted the global community, reviewed results from the first ten years of OGP, and debated the key elements that lead to strong results while enabling flexibility and innovation. This newer version of the Standards seeks to foster ambition and clearly outline the minimum requirements that are expected from all participating countries. Furthermore, for the first time since OGP launched a decade ago, we are proposing for greater flexibility on the length and delivery date of action plans. 

The new Participation and Co-creation Standards are structured very differently from the previous version. The introduction outlines the content, ambition and overarching principles (full text here). Five proposed standards follow, each dealing with a key component of the OGP action plan cycle:

  • Standard 1: Establishing a space for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between government, civil society and other non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Standard 2: Providing open, accessible and timely information about activities and progress within a member’s participation in OGP.
  • Standard 3: Providing inclusive and informed opportunities for public participation during co-creation of the action plan.
  • Standard 4: Providing a reasoned response and ensuring ongoing dialogue between government and civil society and other non-governmental stakeholders as appropriate during co-creation of the action plan
  • Standard 5: Providing inclusive and informed opportunities for ongoing dialogue and collaboration during implementation and monitoring of the action plan

All standards have the same structure and include an outline of what ambition looks like, scope of application, guidelines on how to apply the standard, minimum requirements, and how compliance will be assessed. 

The final section outlines the proposed new rules regarding action plan length and delivery dates. The proposal would allow for two and four-year action plans that can be delivered in two windows over the calendar year. 

Now we want to hear from you. For the first time, we have developed a platform that allows the community to interact and comment on the proposed new standards. Make sure to register on the platform to leave comments on the five new standards and the action plan flexibility section. 

The consultation process will close on 13 October 2021. A final version that incorporates the input received will be presented to the OGP Steering Committee for approval. We will also publish a report on what we heard from the consultation process. 

We look forward to your input!

Comments (5)

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Nassi Baba Reply

Thanks! Very productive work has been done, but I do not believe it can be applied in authoritarian states.

Laura Carolina Arce Sosa Reply

Sugiero incorporar de forma expresa el enfoque de género e interseccional en los estándares 1 y 2. Lo anterior, considerando la marcada desigualdad que existe en la materias de participación y acceso a la información para las mujeres y otros grupos en situación de vulnerabilidad, así como la crisis de violencia hacia las mujeres que existe diversos países.

Majo Montiel Reply

Congratulations for this initiative! I shared some ideas for each standard.

Stephen Davenport Reply

Hi team,
Just posting this as a follow-up to feedback we provided a year or so ago…Happy to see you are reviewing the process and are open to serious changes in the co-creation process.
Summary: A number of open government experts came together to review the OGP’s co-creation process—as outlined in the “OGP Participation and Co-Creation Toolkit” and the “Taking the OGP Co-Creation Process Online” guides—with the objective of providing the OGP Support Unit with recommendations for improvement. Comments were provided and several meetings were held to allow the contributors to bounce around and crystalize their ideas. This document is a summary of their recommendations. PLEASE VIEW THE PDF THROUGH THE LINK BELOW.
● Aichida Ul-Aflaha, World Bank
● Anthony Zacharzewski, Democratic Society
● Claire Davanne, World Bank
● Dave Algoso, Open CoLab
● Jonathan Fox, American University
● Josh Lerner, People Powered
● Kelly McBride, Democratic Society
● Marian Cramers, Democratic Society
● Najma Siddiqi, Consultant, World Bank
● Panthea Lee, Reboot
● Stephen Davenport, World Bank
● Thom Townsend, Open Ownership
● Tiago Peixoto, World Bank
Organization of Recommendations
● Recommendations are divided into thematic areas.
● Within each thematic area, recommendations are further divided into “strong recommendations” and “for consideration”.
○ Strong recommendations are those where a majority of contributors were in agreement or contributors felt particularly strongly, while “for consideration” recommendations are those where they may not have been wide agreement or strongly-held views.
● Underlined phrases sum up the main point of each recommendation, while sub-bullets provide additional detail.
Steve Davenport
Global Lead, Anticorruption, Openness, and Transparency
World Bank Group

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