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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...

Constructive Engagement Processes between Governments and CSOs in Asia: Are We Getting Results?

I was asked by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to facilitate a round-table discussion on the topic  “Constructive Engagement Process between Governments and CSOs: Are We Getting Results?—Experiences and Lessons from Asia”. The event, held in July 2014 and sponsored by the Government of the Philippines, the ADB, and the World Bank, featured CSOs from five Asian countries (Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines) and representatives of the Government of the Philippines. This note...

OGP Asia Pacific Outreach to 5 Countries

“The thing with OGP: If you benefit from it, you have to share it”, Richard Bon Moya, Undersecretary – CIO of the Philippine Department of Budget and Management while giving the keynote speech in OGP Asia Pacific outreach in Cambodia, October 16-17, 2014. Building on the interest of around 650 government and civil society delegates attending the OGP Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Bali last May 2014, the first Open Government Partnership Asia Pacific in-country outreach trip has just taken...

Pushing the Boundaries in Open Governance: Insights from OGP Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Bali, Indonesia (Day 1)

Bali summit.jpg This post originally appeared on the Open Data Research Network and has been republished with permission from the author.  The plenary room of Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center was jam-packed at 845 in the morning, with representatives from different countries in the Asia-Pacific region and all over the globe joining the first regional conference on open data hosted by the Government of Indonesia.  The conference stage backdrop depicts a million...

Budget Openness: Stories from ASEAN

As a part of its commitment to government transparency, the Government of Indonesia (represented by the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight), National Secretariat of FITRA (The Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency, a CSO concerned with budget transparency in Indonesia), and International Budget Partnership, recently launched  Open Budget Index (OBI) Survey Results in the ASEAN Region on February 26-27, 2013. This event was intended to introduce the OBI and...

OGP Outreach in Asia

  DR. KUNTORO MANGKUSUBROTO DELIVERING HIS KEYNOTE SPEECH ON OGP   “EMBRACING THE COLORS OF OPENNESS” The Government of Indonesia hosted the first Open Government Partnership (OGP) Outreach in Asia at the 5th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Bali, Indonesia on November 8-9, 2012. BDF is an annual event hosted by the Government of Indonesia as a regional forum in Asia to provide an open and inclusive platform for sharing best practices in democratic governance. The spirit and...