Africa

OGP in the News - Week of February 13, 2017

A series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world. We’ve got stories out of Italy and Malaysia, but this week’s OGP media coverage was strongest in Africa and in Nigeria, in particular. Nigerian extractive prospects are looking up for the Niger Delta, which has a history rich in both natural resources and corruption. Commending the budding partnership between the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Niger...

African countries come together to address gaps in managing digital information for open government

This blog originally appeared on the World Bank Governance for Development blog.  On April 22 and April 29, 2016 representatives from Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Sierre Leone, South Africa, and Tanzania came together in a virtual South-South Knowledge exchange hosted by the World Bank in collaboration with the Open Government Partnership to discuss an issue of mounting concern: managing records and information to support open government.  These countries – committed to the...

OGP: Shaping an African agenda on open government reform

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post blog. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a bold initiative between governments and civil society organizations that seeks to make governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. In less than five years, 69 governments have joined. The OGP is where new global norms for government transparency are now being set.  This year the OGP is co-chaired by the Government of South Africa and emboldened by the African Union’s...

The Partnership Question

¿Quieres leer este blog en español? Close to a thousand delegates from the African continent and beyond are descending on Cape Town for the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Africa Regional Summit from 4 - 6 May 2016. At this grand market of ideas, African countries will take stock of how they have fared in promoting transparency and accountability in the conduct of public affairs and management of scarce public resources. Delegates will consider such tools as open budgeting, open...

La cuestión de las alianzas

Want to read this blog in English? Casi mil delegados del continente africano y de otras regiones se reunirán en Ciudad del Cabo para la Reunión Regional de África del 4 al 6 de mayo de 2016. Además de intercambiar una gran cantidad de ideas, los países africanos harán un inventario acerca de sus avances en el impulso a la transparencia y rendición de cuentas en los asuntos públicos y el manejo de recursos, tan escasos. Los delegados reflexionarán acerca de herramientas como los presupuestos...

Open contracting in Africa: Towards proactive disclosure

For nearly two years, government schools in the Kasungu district of Malawi faced regular shortages of textbooks and other teaching materials, affecting the students’ ability to learn. To address the problem, a network of local civil society groups carried out a public expenditure tracking exercise last year. After filing access to information requests and following up with education authorities, the Kasungu Education Network discovered that the supplier who won the contract had already been...

FACT SHEET: Advancing Democracy, Human Rights, Gender Equality, Wildlife Conservation, and Governance in Africa

This is a United States government document. This White House fact sheet outlines the developments made in Africa in regards advancing democracy, human rights, gender equality, wildlife conservation, and governance. The document was produced following President Barack Obama's visit to Kenya last weekend. Read the original document here:  The United States is committed to supporting African countries’ efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, support civil society, advance gender equality...

OGP in Africa: Opening the door for Civil Society

President Obama is scheduled to host a continent-wide US/Africa summit from 4-6 August 2014, an event where 40 African Heads of State will gather in DC to discuss trade and investment, peace and security, and good governance. The summit has been billed as an opportunity for the US to build a strategy together with Africa and in OGP land, a potential action forcing moment prompting more African countries to join the partnership and commit to providing access to information, promoting...

Taking responsibility and co-shaping life [CNN interview with Rakesh Rajani]

OGP-RR-CNN-1.png Rakesh Rajani, head of Twaweza, was interviewed by CNN and appeared on this week’s African Voices show. A civil society co-chair of OGP, Rakesh talked about his own organization and what it works for, about open government and specifically its place in Africa, and finally he considered the role of children and youths in political decision making. Quotes from the interview appear below. Part 1 - 'Broker of ideas' pushes for change...

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