Working Groups

Introducing the OGP Anti-corruption Working Group

On the eve of ICIJ’s next significant release of the Panama Papers, focused on the damage wrought by secrecy jurisdictions, and a major, G20-style anti-corruption summit in London, it seems logical to expect ambitious government agreements that will open up shady places and practices. For one, such agreements will help stop corruption, which is one of the main objectives of the Open Government Partnership. To further this goal, OGP has recently set up a new Anti-corruption Working Group. To...

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...

The May 2016 OGP Steering Committee Meeting

The OGP Steering Committee will be meeting in Cape Town on 3-4 May. The agenda and papers for that meeting have been published here. Among other discussions there are a couple of decisions that need to be made on who the new co-chairs of OGP will be and on what OGP should do about governments being reviewed by the Steering Committee's Criteria and Standards subcommittee because they are acting contrary to OGP processes, or under the Response Policy. Steering Committee members will also have the...

Great Ideas for OGP Action Plans: Follow the Money

This post is part of a blog series we are running over the next few weeks to highlight core open government issues and give you ideas to consider as you develop your new action plan. Perviously we looked at open government through a gender lens to highlight how action plans can engage women's voices and ensure gender-sensitive commitments. This week we look at how fiscal governance treasure hunts can be used by citizen-participants to access and use fiscal information with the goal of...

Top ten tools to develop a new national action plan

¿Quieres leer este blog en español?Over the coming months, over 50 OGP participating governments will work together with local civil society organizations to develop ambitious commitments that improve the lives of their citizens through greater transparency, accountability and public participation. National Action Plans are at the very heart of OGP and ensuring that Action Plans are ambitious, effective, and relevant to open government is a primary objective of the OGP Support Unit. OGP seeks...

Exchange of Experiences between Open Government agencies from Paraguay and Brazil

¿Quieres leer este blog en español?The Technical Secretariat for Socioeconomic and Development Planning at the President’s Office of the Republic of Paraguay (STP) submitted a proposal to the Support Unit of the Open Government Partnership to carry out an exchange visit to the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) of Brazil. The exchange was proposed as an opportunity to share expertise and knowledge about successful commitments in order to learn best practices that could be replicated during...

Looking Back: Why some OGP commitments don't get implemented

¿Quieres leer este blog en español?Here in the open government community, we talk a lot about "failing forward" or "learning from failure." This is part of what makes working for OGP so great. Governments and civil society can admit momentary defeat, and try again, maybe another way.Being part of the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM), I see a lot of successes, but I also see a lot of failures. Recently, a number of different colleagues--civil servants curious about their peers, multilateral...

Tipping the Balance: A New Year, New Opportunities for OGP

I am a huge fan of New Year’s Eve. It is not just the parties and the fireworks. It is the chance for honest and critical reflection on the past year. And the chance to get things right in the year ahead. Reflecting on my year as civil society co-chair, I am struck by the areas where OGP is falling short. But I am also filled with a sense of cautious optimism that in the new year we can achieve a tipping point in open government. A different kind of partnership. Growing inequality, pervasive...

OGP Points of Contact (POC) – A driving force keeping our Partnership coherent and alive

OGP is much more than Action Plans, Commitments, Policies and Best Practices. OGP is a powerful network of motivated people with a common goal, to drive a revolution around the world to make governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. As the case of my country Greece shows, this common goal is of even greater value in times of crisis. Open government can break the wall of mistrust and be a vehicle for economic recovery and growth. OGP’s main role is to support governments...

OGP Webinars: Enabling OGP’s Race to the Top

At the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico City in a few weeks, government and civil society champions of open government will gather to learn from each other’s efforts to make governments more effective, open, and responsive. We hope the conversation will continue past the conference and reformers can remain engaged in sharing ideas and expertise. The OGP Webinars provide the ideal platform to complement the face-to-face interactions at public meetings and events. As we...

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