Working Groups

OGP Open Data Working Group Announces Open Data Research Deliverables

Back in November 2014, the OGP Open Data Working Group, supported by the Open Data for Development (OD4D) Program, partnered with organizations and individuals across the globe to explore the technical and practical implications of Open Data. The group commissioned five research studies to inform and help advance the group's work on particular topic areas. We are pleased to announce the studies have concluded successfully and we are glad to share the results of the research: Open North Inc...

Analysis on OGP Commitments in Fiscal Transparency and Opportunities for Public Participation in Budget Making

Speakers Dr. Juan Pablo Guerrero, Network Director of the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency.  Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Founder, GIFT Description The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, OGP Fiscal Openness Working Group co-anchor, presents an analysis on the commitments and implementation of fiscal transparency actions in 43 OGP countries and discusses the opportunities for public participation in fiscal policy and budget making.   GIFT is a multi-stakeholder action network working to...

Response Policy

OGP Response Policy At its September 2014 meeting in New York City, the OGP Steering Committee adopted a new policy to deal with concerns raised about civic space in participating countries. This had 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 country in question to overcome...

Constructive Engagement Processes between Governments and CSOs in Asia: Are We Getting Results?

I was asked by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to facilitate a round-table discussion on the topic  “Constructive Engagement Process between Governments and CSOs: Are We Getting Results?—Experiences and Lessons from Asia”. The event, held in July 2014 and sponsored by the Government of the Philippines, the ADB, and the World Bank, featured CSOs from five Asian countries (Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines) and representatives of the Government of the Philippines. This note...

A New OGP Calendar: What Countries Need To Do and When

Last week the Support Unit released the Open Government Partnership activity calendars for all participating countries. The calendars clearly present dates and deadlines for key activities in the OGP process, such as National Action Plan (NAP) drafting, implementation, and assessment. This information enables governments to plan ahead and avoid delays. It is also a crucial resource for national and international civil society as it makes it clear when different countries are developing NAPs,...

What’s ahead for the Open Government Partnership in 2015?

The Open Government Partnership is now 65 countries strong. Those countries have used the OGP platform to make over 2000 open government reform commitments. Around the world hundreds of civil society organizations and activists have put their energy into making OGP a true partnership between government and citizens. In 2015 this pace of achievement must be strengthened in five areas as we begin the implementation of the new OGP 2015-18 strategy. Stronger Country Plans The core of OGP...

After GLOW: Outcomes of the Global Legislative Openness Week (an Update from the Legislative Openness Working Group)

Speakers Scott Hubli,,Director of Governance Programs, National Democratic Institute Juan Pablo Olmedo, Chief Advisor, Bicameral Commission on Transparency, Chilean Congress Dante Preisser, Advisor to Mexican Senator Arely Gómez González Dan Swislow, Governance Program Officer, National Democratic Institute Description The Open Government Partnership has grown to 64 member countries since its launching in 2011. New action plans have been drafted with increasing interest in the open...

OGP Open Data Working Group Announces First Round of Recipients for Open Data for Development Research Grants

Earlier this fall, the OGP Open Data Working Group launched a call for proposals for exploring the technical and practical implications of Open Data. We are pleased to announce the selected proposals here: Open North Inc. (Canada): "Recommended standards and best practices for open data" Mitrovic Development...

Celebrating OGP Champions in the Americas

In one week, the Americas Open Government Community will gather in San Jose, Costa Rica, to talk, learn, debate and work together during OGP’s Americas Regional Meeting. We will start out on November 17 with a civil society unconference, followed by a two-day event with over 40 breakout sessions, workshops, panels, book presentations, plenaries, and a data expedition.  #OGPSanJosé is the Open Government Partnership’s third regional event in the Americas and is organized by the government and...

CSO Day

Civil Society Day - Unconference Monday, November 17th Casa del Cuño (in the  Antigua Aduana) San José, Costa Rica   Organizers: OGP Civil Society Liaison Team, Hivos Costa Rica, civil society of Costa Rica. Technical Consultant: SocialTIC   For this third OGP Americas Regional Meeting, the Organizing Committee decided to follow an unconference format previously implemented by our colleagues at AbreLatam in Motevideo (2013) and in Mexico City (2014). For its last two installments,...

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