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What steps to increase fiscal transparency and participation should OGP countries take in their next Action Plans?

This blog originally appeared on the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) website.  This post is the first in a short series that GIFT ran to provide ideas for countries preparing their next Action Plans. Two further blogs looked at how well countries have implemented their OGP commitments on fiscal transparency, and how transparent and participatory budgets and budget processes currently are in OGP countries. The posts draw on a series of GIFT papers, ‘Fiscal Transparency in Open...

The Next Frontier of Fiscal Openness Forging a Transformational GIFT-OGP Collaboration

Remarks at the GIFT Workshop, June 20, 2016 Fiscal transparency resides at the very core of open government.  Forging a stronger collaboration between the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), which leads the OGP Fiscal Openness Working Group, is a crucial, mutually beneficial opportunity that can multiply collective impact.   We meet at an inflection point for OGP.  This year’s UN General Assembly in September will mark the first five...

Impact of open government: Mapping the research landscape

Government reformers and development practitioners in the open government space are experiencing the heady times associated with a newly-defined agenda. The opportunity for innovation and positive change can at times feel boundless. Yet, working in a nascent field also means a relative lack of “proven” tools and solutions (to such extent as they ever exist in development).   More research on the potential for open government initiatives to improve lives is well underway. However, keeping up...

From transparency to accountability?

Assessing how international multi-stakeholder initiatives are contributing to public governanceAdvocates of open government have created a growing number of public governance-oriented multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs).The idea behind these initiatives is to bring reformers together across sectors and national borders, to set goals and standards for voluntary information disclosure and public participation in order to create new opportunities to fight corruption and promote development...

Fiscal Openness to End Poverty - Open Forum

There is an undeniable trend of reforms and innovations that include fiscal transparency, accountability and public participation as ways to achieve better governance results. Within this framework, both civil society and governments have been pushing for more fiscal openness commitments in the National Action Plans made by Open Government Partnership (OGP) governments. The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, as an action network who supports the formulation and implementation of the...

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...