Working Groups

OGP Government Champions Award Semi-Finalists Announced: Time To Vote!

After receiving several compelling nominations, the judges for the OGP Government Champions Award have selected three semi-finalists for public voting. They are: Georgia: The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) nomination for the Inter-Factional Group of the Parliament of Georgia Sierra Leone: The Civil Society Representatives on the OGP Steering Committee (Sierra Leone) nomination of The Office of the President of Sierra Leone. Costa Rica: Abriendo Datos nomination...

Reflections from Moldova: What is the value added of national pre-OGP Summit discussions?

On September 29th, a group of Moldovan civil society organizations, government representatives, and World Bank colleagues (including some remotely from Washington DC) joined an event organized by the Open Government Institute, in partnership with World Bank and E-Government Center to discuss Moldova Government-Civil Society collaboration in the context of Open Government Agenda. The need for such discussions was anchored in a number of reasons: When it comes to the open...

How can the OGP push forward the open aid data agenda?

We pledge to be more transparent at every level -- because more information on government activity should be open, timely, and freely available to the people. We pledge to engage more of our citizens in decision-making -- because it makes government more effective and responsive. We pledge to implement the highest standards of integrity -- because those in power must serve the people, not themselves. And we pledge to increase access to technology -- because in this digital century, access to...

IMPROVING GOVERNMENT-CIVIL SOCIETY INTERACTIONS WITHIN OGP

Civic engagement is at the heart of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). In signing the Open Government Declaration, OGP members commit to engaging citizens in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their National Action Plans. As OGP is nascent, we are still learning about how governments and civil society interact within its framework and how the interaction can be strengthened. Last month, the report 'From Informing to Empowering: Improving Government-Civil Society...

Choosing from the Wealth of Proposals for the OGP Summit

The past couple of weeks I have been reading many of the 300+ submitted proposals for this year’s OGP Global Summit. At times it has felt a bit like being at the Saturday morning market full of all kinds of delights: each “stall” overflowing with fresh and tempting products ready for the taking. The smells and sounds are overwhelming as salesmen pitch their produce, but unfortunately there is only so much space in the basket. Our challenge has been to pick and choose, to see which ingredients...

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...

Linda Frey's departure and next steps for OGP

Dear colleagues, As you are likely aware, Linda Frey, the Executive Director of the Open Government Partnership Support Unit, will step down from her role later this year. Linda has accomplished a remarkable amount during her tenure. When she arrived in January 2013, the OGP Support Unit consisted of 3 staff members…including Linda! Recognizing OGP’s ambitious mission and significant growth opportunities, she built the necessary infrastructure to support a partnership that has grown much more...

Fostering peer exchange and learning in the European Region

Tomorrow the first ever European Region Government Point of Contact (POC) conference will begin in Tbilisi, Georgia. This conference will bring together more than 50 public servants from 21 Open Government Partnership (OGP) participating countries in order to share experiences, learn from each other and build stronger networks of government reformers. Government points of contact are the civil servants responsible for all OGP activities within a country: from drafting new action plans with...

Aligning Supply and Demand for Better Governance: Open Data in the Open Government Partnership

The Independent Reporting Mechanism of OGP is one of the initiative’s key accountability components. IRM national researchers in OGP countries assess the ambition and completion of OGP commitments. But the IRM does not only carry out assessment, it also synthesizes information on key topics in OGP action plans. Authors Sonia Khan and Joseph Foti are taking a closer look at OGP commitments in open data. (See here for our general technical/synthesis paper and here for a paper on public...

Engaging with Access to Information: the 2015 Work Plan of the OGP ATI Working Group

Speakers Laura Neuman, Director of Global Access to Information Program, The Carter Center María José Montiel, Director of Open Government Department, Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and Data Protection, Mexico (IFAI) Description Faced with the growing demand for quality, useful and reliable information, as well as the urgent need to improve public confidence in public institutions, the Access to Information Working Group (ATI WG) was created in 2013. The main objectives of...

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