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Connecting the Dots

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative stands as an important opportunity for the advancement of open government data, domestically. After celebrating its first five years, the OGP can redirect its focus from the cementing of its own processes, to driving the implementation of the OGP in country. In so doing, it is worth noting that the OGP Declaration states: “We commit to creating mechanisms to enable greater collaboration between governments and civil society organizations and...

Turkey made inactive in the Open Government Partnership

*** For Immediate Release *** New York City, September 21, 2016 - The Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership today resolved that Turkey will be regretfully designated as inactive in OGP, having failed to deliver a National Action Plan since 2014 . It is the first time that OGP has placed a country in inactive status for acting contrary to OGP process for two consecutive action plan cycles.  The decision follows a resolution approved unanimously by the OGP Steering Committee...

OGP in the News – Week of August 8, 2016

A series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world. This week, the most significant press coverage related to OGP came out of Latin America. In Argentina, a piece in the leading La Nación discussed the release of the country’s updated 2015-2017 National Action Plan. It described the government’s hope to become one of the “top ten” most transparent countries in the world, as well as a variety of openness-related commitments – such...

Why Ukraine can do it

This piece originally appeared on the Open Government Institute website. I live few hundreds kilometers away from Kiev, Ukraine and this country is indeed close to my heart from different perspectives and various reasons! It is always a great pleasure to take the drive from Chisinau all the way to Kiev and enjoy the beauty of this country. However, the aim of this post is not about this … While not everyone on this Planet knows that Ukraine is at war, that Russia has annexed the Crimean...

The Next Phase of OGP: Delivering Transformative Impact for Citizens

Opening Plenary Remarks - OGP Asia Pacific, July 21, 2016 "It is a great pleasure for me to welcome all of you. I joined OGP just over two months ago, and have had the privilege to meet with OGP’s government, civil society and other stakeholders across regional meetings in Africa, Americas and London Anti-Corruption Summit, I am delighted to now be at our Asia meeting - home to 60% of the world’s population - where we have our very high hopes for OGP.   I would like to extend my special...

Romania’s new NAP: the civil society perspective

Romania is very close to adopting its third National Action Plan, 2016-2018. The consultation process started in March. At the end of June, the Government published the final draft of the NAP, to be approved in the coming weeks. Both the process and the final result has had ups and downs. Although the Plan includes 18 commitments, many of them have limited ambition. The process started well but in time it lost the momentum and ended with the government making most of the decisions with limited...

The Next Frontier of Fiscal Openness Forging a Transformational GIFT-OGP Collaboration

Remarks at the GIFT Workshop, June 20, 2016 Fiscal transparency resides at the very core of open government.  Forging a stronger collaboration between the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), which leads the OGP Fiscal Openness Working Group, is a crucial, mutually beneficial opportunity that can multiply collective impact.   We meet at an inflection point for OGP.  This year’s UN General Assembly in September will mark the first five...

Communities of Practice: They keep disappointing us, but we keep building them

How the Open Government Partnership is boosting COP effectiveness Collective Action: A love-hate relationship Collective action presents challenges that are widely recognized, yet people continually prefer to work together. Governance practitioners recognize that the issues we work to address are complex; as a result, we seek support from peers to achieve our shared goals. Building a “Community of Practice” (COP) is one demonstration of this attitude. The term, borrowed from cognitive...

P is for Partnership: U.S. Embassies Partner with Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Macedonia to Push OGP Forward

P is for Partnership, and that is the mantra that U.S. Embassies in Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Slovakia have adopted with our OGP counterparts.  In June 2015, we organized a ten day International Visitor on Demand visit to the United States for government and NGO representatives from our host countries to see firsthand what is happening on the OGP front in the U.S.  In April 2016, the U.S. Embassy Bucharest and Romania’s OGP team organized a follow up working meeting in Bucharest.  26...

The Path to Openness: AGESIC

¿Quieres leer este blog en español? Since the creation of AGESIC, we have understood that democracy involves structures that change and should adapt – though no longer according to the schemes of projects or isolated policies, but to the evolution which is determined by the demands of citizens. In our agency, our mission is to lead an implementation strategy for Digital Government with a public administration centered on citizens. We aim to change the relationship between citizens and the...

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