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Empowering grassroots communities in Asia through effective public service delivery

This blog is part of a series on public service delivery for open government. As a development and human rights practitioner, I have realised that the translation of global goals and human rights treaties are only possible when there is meaningful engagement of vulnerable communities. This is when communities are in dialogue around service failures on their rights entitlement and government commitments. This should include service user feedback with an aim of bringing solutions to challenges...

Transformation through information: Building resilient communities in Chennai

This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The series came out of a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to find practical examples of how open government is helping countries achieve the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. For more details on the competition, the blog series, and how open government can help achieve the SDGs, please...

Gobierno Abierto para el Desarrollo Sustentable en Asia Pacífica: ¡Ya tenemos resultados!

Want to read this blog in English? Este verano, el Centro Regional de Bangkok del PNUD lanzó la convocatoria de información sobre iniciativas de gobierno abierto que están contribuyendo o tienen el potencial de contribuir a alcanzar los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) en la región Asia Pacífico. La convocatoria se creó como respuesta a los resultados alcanzados en el último año. En septiembre del 2015 los 193 países miembros de las Naciones Unidas aprobaron la Agenda 2030 para el...

Open Government for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific: Results are in!

¿Quieres leer este blog en español? Earlier this summer, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and OGP launched a call for information on open government initiatives that are contributing to or have the potential to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region.   The call was developed in response to major milestones that have been achieved in the last year. In September 2015, all 193 UN member countries endorsed the 2030 Agenda for...

Seven lessons learned on making governance and public sector management investments work

This post was originally published at the Asia Development Bank's blog. ADB has a growing and active governance and public sector management (PSM) agenda. In recent years, ADB’s investments in public sector reforms in its developing Asia and the Pacific have increased more than 60%, from $1.59 billion in 2014 to $2.6 billion this year. These investments have covered from public expenditure and fiscal management to reforming state-owned enterprises and strengthening local governance...

Open Letter to World Bank President on Disbandment of ATI Unit

We, the undersigned organisations and campaigners working on freedom of information issues, are concerned by news that the World Bank has significantly downgraded its capacity to pursue a global right to information agenda at a time when the World Bank’s role in this area is needed more than ever before. We are concerned that both the decision itself and the diminished capacity of the Bank to engage on this critically important issue will send the unfortunate message to governments of...

Challenges to implementing right to information laws in Asia

This blog was originally published on Asian Development Blog.   India.png A government public relations office in Mangalore, India.   In recent years there has been one critical instrument to making governments more responsive to citizens in how they provide services - the right to information. Applying this requires governments to either volunteer information or provide it when demanded. This is a significant step toward good governance. More than 100...

Advancing OGP in Asia Pacific

Even as the membership base of the Open Government Partnership continues to grow year on year, with 65 countries having joined since its inception in 2011, Asia Pacific as a region continues to remain underrepresented. For a region with more than 60% of the world’s population, increasing membership and ensuring that the OGP platform delivers on its reform potential in member countries is in many ways fundamental to success of the initiative overall. Meeting these objectives will need concerted...

Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia

All eyes were on Kathmandu this week, as Nepal hosted the 18th annual SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit from 22-27 November, 2014.  The annual meeting, convening the heads of state of the 8 member nations—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka—is focused this year on the theme of regional integration. In the run up to the summit, right to information (RTI) activists and civil society groups across the region have been urging...

2014 OGP Eligibility Criteria

The OGP Eligibility Criteria update for 2014 has now been released. Many countries saw their scores change over the last year. Some adjustments in scores were a result of greater availability of data from the independent sources for the scoring, or due to a revision in the scoring metric itself. The scoring of the asset disclosure metric was revised this year by the OGP Steering Committee on the recommendation of the World Bank. The revised metric is a more straightforward assessment of...

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