Civil Society

Announcing New Members of the OGP Steering Committee

We just completed an exceedingly important search for two new civil society members to join their fellow governments and civil society colleagues on the OGP Steering Committee (SC). The timing of these appointments could not be more opportune.  As I had outlined in my blog post after the civil society Steering Committee members met in March, this is the year that we bring the strategic refresh to life, to ensure that OGP makes an impact on the lives of people by enabling ambitious open...

Robust Civil Society Sharpens Natural Resource Governance

      Thousands are gathered in Paris this week for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The meeting takes place as alarming trends impact the transparency movement, threatening progress and underscoring the need for action.   We are increasingly seeing crackdowns on civil society, particularly in resource-rich countries, according to this CIVICUS and Publish What You Pay report. In some places where governments manage oil, gas and mining wealth on behalf of the people, it...

Processus PGO en Cote D’Ivoire: Les Actions d'une Societe Civile Active et Engagee dans le Processus du PGO

A. Une société civile active Le processus d’accession de la Côte d’Ivoire au Partenariat pour le Gouvernement Ouvert (PGO) a suivi une évolution progressive et participative. En effet, la question de la transparence dans la gestion des affaires publiques du point de vue général, a été pendant longtemps l’objet de suivi et de plaidoyer de la part des organisations de la société civile ivoirienne.  Notamment en ce qui concerne la transparence des ressources naturelles à travers PCQVP-CI et...

Launching the Open Gov Awards 2016 - Civil Society Organizations Step Up!

OGP is launching the 2016 Open Government Awards today! The Awards have consistently been one of the annual highlights of OGPs calendar. They shine a spotlight on reformers and convince us that difficult open government reforms can be achieved. In the past they have generated lots of excitement and are given a prominent place at  OGP’s global events. Winners of the Awards in previous years have been showcased at OGP’s third anniversary at the United Nations in 2014 and the OGP Global Summit in...

IMPROVING GOVERNMENT-CIVIL SOCIETY INTERACTIONS WITHIN OGP

Civic engagement is at the heart of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). In signing the Open Government Declaration, OGP members commit to engaging citizens in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their National Action Plans. As OGP is nascent, we are still learning about how governments and civil society interact within its framework and how the interaction can be strengthened. Last month, the report 'From Informing to Empowering: Improving Government-Civil Society...

'Many vested interests benefit from a lack of open government'

This article originally appeared on the Guardian Public Leaders Network: Open Government 2013  One key challenge is to strengthen the link between transparency and accountability, says OGP moderator. In the first of a series of interviews with speakers and attendees at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit 2013, we talk to Professor Jonathan Fox, of the school of international service, American University, Washington. He will moderate a session in which the founding eight OGP...

Q&A with Paul Maassen

Over 1500 reformers from government and civil society are gathering in London this week for the annual summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Paul Maassen is the Civil Society Coordinator who has been informing civil society about the OGP, offering supporting with the process of joining, advising actors on their strategic engagement with government and documenting the experiences and lessons learned thus far. His work has taken him to over 60 countries. What role is civil society...

64% of CSOs ‘more positive’ about OGP’s potential to deliver change

The OGP Summit 2013 kicks of with the Civil Society Day. We asked the civil society community what they think of OGP today. Two key numbers to start with: 64% of the respondents are more positive today than 12 months ago about the potential of OGP to deliver change; 59% says that the process of developing the 1st Action Plan helped increase the trust and cooperation between civil society and government. Those are numbers to be proud of. The 76 respondents answered the 40-question-survey or...

The IBP at the OGP

shutterstock_79557478_0.jpg Originally posted at internationalbudget.org  At the end of the week I will join over 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit in London. This is the second OGP Summit since its inception in 2011 and, in the words of the Summit organizers, it is an incredible “opportunity for the open government movement to consolidate and build momentum, to reflect on what is working and what is...

UK: Cooperation, openness, participation, transparency and trust are the tenets of open policy-making

In the months leading up to the global launch of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in September 2011, the UK government, like other founding members, was engaged in a process of designing the OGP – what it should look like and how it would be structured. ‘The initiative was still taking shape; we didn’t know what it meant to work with civil society and they didn’t know what it meant to work with government,’ explains Ilaria Miller of the UK Cabinet Office Transparency Team. To demonstrate...

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