Response Policy

Statement by OGP's Criteria and Standards Subcommittee regarding the Government of Hungary’s Participation in OGP

Washington DC, June 22, 2016 On July 8, 2015, four civil society organizations submitted a Letter of Concern to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), under the OGP Response Policy, regarding the climate for civil society to operate in Hungary. The OGP Response Policy aims to safeguard the Open Government Declaration and mitigate reputational risks to OGP by addressing challenges for government and civil society collaboration and by helping countries to re-establish an effective and positive...

MEDIA BRIEFING: Azerbaijan made inactive in Open Government Partnership

Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2016 - The Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership today resolved that Azerbaijan will be regretfully designated as inactive in OGP, due to unresolved constraints on the operating environment for Non-Governmental Organizations. Azerbaijan has been participating in OGP since 2011. The decision is the first time that OGP has taken action under its Policy on Upholding the Values and Principles of OGP, known as the Response Policy, adopted in 2014. The...

Outcomes of the April 2015 OGP Steering Committee Meeting

A month ago I told you what we would be discussing at the OGP Steering Committee (SC) meeting in Mexico and now it is time to share some of the outcomes. If you want all the details, you can read the full minutes. If you want a snapshot you can read this e-mail or the Freedominfo blogpost wrote on it. The core meeting consisted of two days, one at working level and one at ministerial level. The first day mainly consisted of updates from the three subcommittees (Peer Learning...

Statement on the Government of Azerbaijan’s Participation in OGP

On March 2, 2015 three civil society organizations submitted a letter of concern to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) regarding the climate for civil society to operate in Azerbaijan. The letter was filed under the OGP Response Policy, which aims to assist countries wanting to re-establish an environment for government and civil society collaboration, and to safeguard the Open Government Declaration and mitigate reputational risks to OGP. The Government of Azerbaijan is a participant in OGP...

Introducing the Policy on Upholding the Values and Principles of OGP

Speakers Warren Krafchik, Executive Director, International Budget Partnership (IBP) Joe Powell, Deputy Director, Open Government Partnership (OGP) Paul Maassen, Director, Civil Society Engagement,  Open Government Partnership (OGP) Description One of the most significant decisions taken by the OGP steering committee at their September 24th, 2014 meeting in New York was to adopt a new policy to deal with concerns raised about civic space in participating countries. The Policy is titled “...

Presentación de la Política en Materia de Defensa de los Valores y Principios de OGP

Speakers Alejandro González Arreola, Director General, Gestión Social y Cooperación A.C. (GESOC) Roberta Solis Ribeiro (Por Confirmar), Jefe Asesor para Asuntos Internacionales, Controladoria-Geral da União – CGU Description En su reunión en Nueva York del 24 de septiembre del 2014, el Comité Directivo de la Alianza por el Gobierno Abierto (OGP) adoptó una nueva política para hacer frente a los desafíos vinculados al espacio cívico en los países participantes. Dicha Política, titulada "Para la...

OGP's Articles of Governance Open for 30-Day Public Comment Period

OGP's Articles of Governance are now open for a 30-day public comment period. The Articles of Governance (http://www.opengovpartnership.org/Articles) were adopted by consensus by OGP's Steering Committee in April 2012 and revised in March 2014 to reflect decisions taken by the Steering Committee. These Articles establish the mandate and policies of the Open Government Partnership, including the OGP Steering Committee, the OGP Support Unit, and the Independent Reporting Mechanism.  The Articles...

OGP Annual Report 2014

In 2014, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) grew to 65 countries that collectively have developed more than 2,000 policy initiatives to make their governments more open, transparent and responsive to citizens. This was a critical year for many OGP countries to recommit to the initiative. Twenty-nine countries submitted their second OGP Action Plans indicating a strong desire to continue participating in OGP. In addition, seven countries submitted their first OGP Action Plans. This result can...

OGP Steering Committee Agrees New Response Policy

One of the most significant decisions taken by the OGP Steering Committee at their September 24th meeting in New York was to adopt a new policy to deal with concerns raised about civic space in participating countries. This has been debated for several months in the Steering Committee, and will now be implemented. The policy is titled “Upholding the Values and Principles of OGP, as articulated in the Open Government Declaration” and it has two tightly defined objectives: a)     Assist a...

Testing the boundaries of OGP

Are governments most likely to reform before joining an international initiative or once they have joined it? The answer to this question will go a long way towards explaining the impact of Open Government Partnership in the years to come. As I’ve discussed before, much of the premise of OGP is based on an incentive structure that encourages countries to race to the top once in the initiative. But once in, how do you stop countries from sliding back down all the while helping others to...

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