Civil Society Organization

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...

Government and civil society joint working on the UK Action Plan: definitely worth it!

  I have been involved in the OGP since its early beginnings and it has been a real privilege to witness the growth of a movement so exciting and ambitious. The idea of making governments more open and transparent, because this benefits not just the citizens, but the government itself, is far more revolutionary than it may sound and it takes time and effort to let it sink in and make it happen. The UK started this journey from a fairly advanced position. Transparency  is one of this...

Brasilia in a nutshell

I thought it would be helpful to note down some thoughts on Brasilia's meeting fast, whilst the memory is still fresh... The event:  Over 1200 attendees, 60 journalists registered with great news/TV coverage with O'Reilly Media's Alex Howard interviewing participants throughout the 2 days and live blogging. We had almost equal numbers government and civil society – the fact that both sides sit at the same table is one the greatest achievements of OGP to date. This is unique compared to...

Coverage for Diálogo Regional (Mexico City)

The event was organized by the Mexican Secretaría de la Función Pública de México (SFP) and the Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (IFAI) in conjunction with OGP and the Organization of American States (OAS). Among participants were delegates from Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Bolivia, that discussed issues related to transparency, accountability and citizen participation with an OGP perspective.