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Let’s Get Co-Creating: Participate in the 2018 Action Plan Process!

Jaime M. Mercado|

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2018 will mark a critical year for the Open Government Partnership (OGP), with many exciting initiatives being launched. OGP will ‘spin-off’ into an independent organization, the OGP Multi-Donor Trust Fund will be launched, the OGP Local program (formerly known as Subnational Pilot) will expand, and Tbilisi, Georgia will host the 5th Global OGP Summit in July.

However, what sits at the core of OGP is the Action Plan (AP) co-creation process between governments and civil society. These APs are the vehicles that help secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governments at all levels. By the end of 2018, the Support Unit will have received 76 new Action Plans, the biggest cohort of new APs since OGP was founded in 2011. The hundreds of new commitments, which are due by August 31, 2018, will be a testimony of the strength of the open government movement across the world.

The OGP Support Unit stands ready to provide support to civil society and governments across the Partnership to ensure that commitments enshrined in APs are highly ambitious and tackle major challenges faced by society, such as grand corruption, inefficient or ineffective delivery of public services, shrinking civic space, and many others. The Support Unit will continue to foster peer learning and exchange within the OGP community, and encourage all stakeholders both inside and outside government to become involved in the development of ambitious, innovative reforms for their governments.

These are some guiding points and materials for all participants to review as they develop their 2018 APs. The OGP Support Unit will send additional materials to all government Points of Contact (POCs) in the coming weeks.

  • The new OGP Participation and Co-Creation Standards were published in 2017 with the aim to improve how governments and civil society engage in the OGP co-creation process. Beginning in 2018, countries and OGP Local participants co-creating an AP will be assessed against these standards. The IRM is currently developing guidance on how they will assess the OGP process per the new guidelines. The guidance will be later posted in the OGP website and included in the forthcoming updated version of the POC Manual.
  • An updated calendar for even and odd year countries reflecting changes approved by the Steering Committee in 2017 is now available. The due date for APs has changed to August 31st, self-assessment reports are due on November 30, and IRM reports will be sent by April. You may access the calendar, and a guidance note with additional details here.
  • A new rule approved by the OGP Steering Committee in 2017 states that governments should collect, publish and document an online repository on the national OGP website/webpage beginning in 2018. In line with IRM guidance, failure to do so will result in a government acting contrary to process. The Support Unit will publish guidance on how to comply with this new requisite, together with resources that support compliance.
  • While the Steering Committee did not impose a hard cap on the number of commitments that a country can include in its AP, it strongly recommends that the number of commitments be capped to 20 with a suggested maximum of 5 milestones per commitment, with the aim of incentivizing more ambitious commitments in APs.

Please note that not all of these guidelines may apply to the OGP Local participants, who will receive further guidance to engage in the OGP process. To learn more about the program, visit  the OGP Local webpage.

Here are some ideas to get started and all the contact information you need:

  • If you work in government and have relevant policy ideas about openness , you should get in touch with your national OGP coordinator to talk about how to include a commitment in the new plan. The Support Unit can connect you to the coordinator if needed.
  • This is a major advocacy opportunity for civil society activists working on open government! You should make sure you are in touch with the government OGP coordinator in your country, and know the key dates and deadlines for action plan development.
  • NGOs and multilateral partners: you should use the list of countries and OGP Local participants below to identify how your advocacy priorities can be delivered in OGP countries, and to ensure that your partners are leveraging the AP process to make progress on your goals.
  • Foundations and funders working on open government: you should ensure that your grantees and partners are aware of the opportunity these action plans offer for their work.

The OGP participants with action plans due by August 31, 2018, are:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Austin (Local)
  4. Australia
  5. Bojonegoro Regency (Local)
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  7. Brazil
  8. Buenos Aires (Local)
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Cabo Verde
  11. Canada
  12. Chile
  13. Cote d’Ivoire
  14. Croatia
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Dominican Republic
  17. El Salvador
  18. Elgeyo-Marakwet County (Local)
  19. Estonia
  20. France
  21. Georgia
  22. Greece
  23. Guatemala
  24. Honduras
  25. Indonesia
  26. Ireland
  27. Italy
  28. Jalisco (Local)
  29. Jamaica
  30. Jordan
  31. Kenya
  32. Kigoma (Local)
  33. Kyrgyzstan
  34. La Libertad (Local)
  35. Lithuania
  36. Luxembourg
  37. Macedonia
  38. Madrid (Local)
  39. Malawi
  40. Malta
  41. Mexico
  42. Moldova
  43. Mongolia
  44. Montenegro
  45. Netherlands
  46. New Zealand
  47. Norway
  48. Ontario (Local)
  49. Pakistan
  50. Papua New Guinea
  51. Paraguay
  52. Paris (Local)
  53. Portugal
  54. Romania
  55. São Paulo (Local)
  56. Scotland (Local)
  57. Sekondi-Takoradi (Local)
  58. Seoul (Local)
  59. Serbia
  60. Sierra Leone
  61. South Africa
  62. South Korea
  63. Sri Lanka
  64. Sweden
  65. Tbilisi (Local)
  66. Trinidad and Tobago
  67. Tunisia
  68. Ukraine
  69. United Kingdom
  70. United States
  71. Uruguay
  72. New OGP Local member*
  73. New OGP Local member*
  74. New OGP Local member*
  75. New OGP Local member*
  76. New OGP Local member*

*= As part of the OGP Local program expansion plan, the Support Unit will recruit five new local governments to join the program in 2018. For more information and to access the call for expressions of interest, please visit the OGP Local webpage.

[Update 4/9/2018: New OGP Local members are
  • Basque Country, Spain
  • Iași, Romania
  • Kaduna State, Nigeria 
  • Nariño, Colombia
  • South Cotabato, Philippines]
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