Scotland

What does open government offer the UN Global Goals in Scotland

This blog originally appeared on Medium.  In being a member of the Open Government Partnership, Scotland is seeking a culture of governance that follows the principles of transparency, accountability and participation. This is the lifeblood of open government and we all know the importance of getting it right. [[{"fid":"11115","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false},"type":"media...

Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto: Reflexiones desde Washington

Originalmente publicado en opengovernment.org.uk. El año pasado, Escocia fue elegida para formar parte del programa pionero de la Alianza del Gobierno Abierto, un programa piloto de 15 gobiernos subnacionales con planes de acción para lograr la apertura en el gobierno. Esto representó para Escocia una oportunidad para demostrar lo que puede lograr y a lo que deberán aspirar todos los países como parte de su proceso democrático. Este año nos invitaron a un taller en las oficinas de la...

Open Government Partnership: Reflections on our time in Washington

Originally posted on opengovernment.org.uk. Last year, Scotland was accepted to be part of the Pioneer Tier of the Open Government Partnership, a pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017. This handed Scotland a unique opportunity to show itself as an exemplar for what can be done and what all countries should aspire to when delivering democracy. Earlier this year we were invited to a workshop in Washington DC, home of...

OGP in the News - Week of August 1, 2017

A weekly round-up of Open Government Partnership (OGP) media coverage around the world. Want to receive OGP in the News directly in your email inbox? Subscribe here. Touching each region of the world, this week’s OGP media coverage was particularly strong in the Americas and several of OGP’s subnational participants. Daily Record reported growing concern about a “creeping tide of state secrecy” from Scotland’s current government. Joining some two dozen media organizations in calling for...

Lifting the curtain on open government in Scotland - My first few months in post

    This post talks about some of the things I’ve been working on over the last five months, my initial thoughts about the Open Government network and forum in Scotland and invites you to support me in building this community of open government champions across Scotland.     What do people say about open government outside of Scotland’s Open Government Network? Understanding this has been my focus in recent months, looking to lift the curtain on this agenda...

¿Podemos alcanzar los Objetivos Globales?

La primera ministra de Escocia, Nicola Sturgeon, fue de los primeros líderes nacionales en reconocer la importancia de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS u Objetivos Globales) y en comprometer a su gobierno a trabajar en ellos, tanto al interior de su país como a nivel internacional. Por ello, cuando Escocia se incorporó al programa Pionero de OGP, tenía sentido incluir compromisos para impulsar la implementación de estos objetivos.     Los países no deben subestimar el...

Can we achieve the Global Goals by eating an elephant?

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was one of the first national leaders to acknowledge the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) and to commit her government to working towards their delivery, both at home and abroad. So when Scotland joined the OGP Pioneer programme, it seemed a natural choice to include work to support that transformational journey in our commitments.     For all countries, the scale of the challenge of delivering...

OGP in the News - Week of June 26, 2017

A weekly round-up of Open Government Partnership (OGP) media coverage around the world. Want to receive OGP in the News directly in your email inbox? Subscribe here. There was a lot of news this week in the world of OGP, including stories on Spain’s latest OGP action plan, “openwashing” in France and Taiwan, a look at New Zealand’s opengov commitments, and updates from the most recent OGP Steering Committee meeting. El Confidencial announced that Spain’s Ministry of Finance and Public...

It's about time people were involved in government budget setting

This piece originally appeared on the SCVO blog.   Last week, the Scottish Budget was passed by Parliament. Last-ditch deals were made to secure support for the bill and compromises prevented gridlock. Many conversations between political parties were taking place over how Scotland’s money should be spent, but the most important conversation was the one we were not having: between citizen and state. It’s indicative of what’s missing across so many aspects of public life. With all the...