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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...

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...

e-DIRAP Open Government Google+ Hangout

e-DIRAP organized a Google+ Hangout on the topic of Open Government on Thursday, 25 July 2013 at UTC/GMT 04:30-05:30. This Hangout brought together professionals from government, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss issues related to open government in Asia and the Pacific. The purpose of the Hangout was to: Understand the multiple dimensions of open government Get an update on open government trends and initiatives in Asia and the Pacific Discuss the processes,...

How the G-20 Can Help the Open Government Partnership

  As many colleagues and friends know, I'm not a huge fan of traditional multilateral organizations given their historic high-effort, low-return ratio. Having worked in and around some for a number of years, I grew weary of the rhetoric not always (or ever?) matching the reality of their impact. But I'm setting my cynical self aside for a moment to pitch a basic idea for how the G-20 can help the nascent Open Government Partnership -- by encouraging non-OGP G-20 member states to join OGP. I...

NASA Launches Second International Space Apps Challenge

In April 2012, NASA led an international collaboration with government agencies and civil society organizations around the world that culminated in a two day technology development event called the International Space Apps Challenge. The goal of the event was to promote innovation through international collaboration and it brought together over 2,000 people (ages 16-70) in 25 cities in 17 countries on all 7 continents (and in space) who worked together to develop more than 100 unique open-...

Open legislation: public consultation stages around the world

4458527284_21d7409410_b.jpg   The British public could be given direct input into all new legislation if Government proposals published last week come into effect. The Coalition Government are currently piloting a new ‘public reading stage’ for bills to give citizens an opportunity to comment on proposed legislation line-by-line. According to the plans Bills could only become law if they go through this stage.  Members of the public would be participating...