If you are involved in promoting any aspect of Open Government, such as transparency or participation, we encourage you to attend a meeting of the UK Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network.

When: 11 October, 10:00 to 16:00

Where: The Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, EC1R London

Click the link to sign-up, or carry on reading to find out more: http://uk-opengov-civilsociety.eventbrite.com/

What is the Open Government Partnership?

This November the UK will take over as lead chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The 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. So far the declaration has been endorsed by over fifty countries, 34 of which have developed their open government commitments.

What is the UK OGP Civil Society Network?

Civil society participation is integral to the OGP, which is jointly governed at an international level by both governments and civil society organisations. Involve is part of a loose civil society network engaging with the Open Government Partnership process. The network focuses on both the UK’s own open government commitments for domestic and foreign policy, and the role of the UK in providing international leadership on key open government topics.

Becoming lead chair of the OGP provides the UK with a unique opportunity to demonstrate its leadership on key open government topics. But for the most to be made of this opportunity, it will require strong support and pressure from civil society to build and maintain momentum and ambition.

What is the meeting?

On 11 October a meeting is taking place of the UK Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network. The purpose of the meeting is threefold; to:

  • Introduce the Open Government Partnership and provide an update on recent developments in the UK and beyond;
  • Build shared understanding of the OGP, and the particular issues UK-based civil society would like to see it address;
  • Put together a draft UK OGP Civil Society Network Strategy for the next 12 months.

If you are involved in promoting any aspect of open government (understood broadly as: increasing the availability of information on government activities; supporting civic participation; implementing high standards of professional integrity in government and increasing use of new technologies for openness and accountability) we encourage you to sign-up and attend via: http://uk-opengov-civilsociety.eventbrite.com/

If you would like any more information, please get in contact: tim@involve.org.uk