Published on January 8, 2014

Open Government Partnership

Open Government Partnership

By Tim Hughes

Tim is Open Government Programme Manager at Involve and coordinator of the UK Open Government Network - a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. The initiative was launched in 2011 in New York by eight governments, including the UK. To become a member countries must endorse a high level Open Government Declaration and develop an OGP National Action Plan setting out concrete commitments to open government.

We are currently working on the Open Government Partnership in a number of ways:

UK OGP civil society network

Since September 2012, Involve has coordinated a network of UK civil society organisations working on the OGP. This network is open to any representatives of UK civil society organisations to join.

During the 12 months November 2012 to October 2013, Involve coordinated the engagement of the CSO network in the development of the UK’s second OGP National Action Plan. This process, which led to a co-developed National Action Plan by government and civil society, was intended to model the principles of open government. Find out more about the process here.

We are currently in the process of planning and commencing a programme of work for 2014 to 2016, to:

  • Secure open government commitments from political parties ahead of the 2015 General Election
  • Expand the breadth and depth of the civil society network
  • Work with civil society and governments in the devolved administrations to secure commitments for future UK National Action Plans
  • Identify new areas for commitments and facilitate their joint development by government and civil society
  • Model new ways of working within and between government and civil society

International peer support

Involve has played an active role in the international open government movement. Since September 2012, we have:

  • C0-organised (with the international independent civil society coordinator) and facilitated a workshop of civil society representatives from recent, current and future OGP co-chair countries
  • Sat on the advisory committee for the organisation of the OGP London Summit
  • Organised and spoke at sessions at the 2013 London Summit, April 2013 Steering Committee Meeting, 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting and 2014 European Regional Meeting
  • Co-developed (with the international independent civil society coordinator) a National Action Plan review tool for civil society organisations (currently being piloted)
  • Shared experiences of developing OGP National Action Plans with government and civil society organisations from a range of countries within and outside the OGP

Citizen engagement guidance

Involve was lead author of the Citizen Engagement and co-author of the Public Services topics of the Open Government Guide. Find out more here.

News from the Open Government Partnership site



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