Open Government Partnership

Las Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobaron en el año 2000 los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM), como agenda común global para iniciar el Siglo XXI reduciendo de manera sustancial la pobreza y promoviendo el desarrollo humano en forma sostenible.

On September 24, the Open Government Partnership held a high-level event at the UN, where NRGI’s Suneeta Kaimal and fellow OGP co-chairs showcased country commitments and presented the 2014 Open Government Awards honoring citizen engagement initiatives from around the world...

Recently, Indonesia hosted the first Asia Pacific OGP regional conference in Bali, where civil society organizations urged governments to safeguard and promote free civic space, adopt governance as a standalone goal in the post-2015 development agenda, and formally join OGP.

In October 2014 the co-chairs of the Open Government Partnership will change.  As the Government of Indonesia and Rakesh Rajani complete their one-year term as lead chairs, the current support chairs - the Government of Mexico and Suneeta Kaimal – will assume the role of lead chairs...

On Monday, August 4, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann joined a panel hosted by the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C., to discuss the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. More information on the event, as well as a list of recommended joint commitments and actions to come out of the summit, are available here.

Beyond the IRM and a government self-assessment, an essential component of OGP work in any country is the development of so-called shadow reports, which help identify gaps in the implementation process and measure progress...

What are "shadow reports" and how are they used to help OGP in making governments "more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens"? Paul Maassen, OGP civil society coordinator, says they provide "an extra tool to push for real government commitment."

In line with U.S. and EU legislation, the EITI now requires companies to report payments on a project-by-project basis. It also encourages countries to disclose the identity of the real owners—“beneficial owners” – of the companies that have acquired rights to extract oil, gas and minerals.

In mismanaged economies, the path to government accountability and sustainability begins with transparency—but there is often resistance along the way. After all, power is at stake...

Citizens around the world are demanding more openness from their governments. They are seeking ways to participate in the decisions that affect them, and for governments to be more transparent, responsive, accountable, and effective. But what steps can governments can take to heed this call to action?

In London, October 30 to November 1,the Summit opens with the OGP Civil Society Day on Wednesday and then continues with the Plenary Conference Thursday and Friday.

The Oil Workers’ Rights Protection Organization held a meeting to discuss results of the monitoring provided at the first stage.

The group will consist primarily of government officials involved in the management of their country’s extractive industries and civil society representatives with expertise in this area, bringing collective technical expertise, diagnostic tools and cross-­-comparative experience to support countries to develop targeted, impactful commitments.

The proliferation of civil society presents new opportunities for citizen-informed policy making. In parallel, there has been an uptick in multi-stakeholder initiatives that harness the power of civil society and formally acknowledge that good governance must include citizen engagement...

Watch live Monday from 3 to 4 p.m. at www.whitehouse.gov/live or www.youtube.com/whitehouse as President Obama hosts an event in New York on the critical need to support Civil Society.

Monitoring of highways was one of two directions within the project implemented by the Civic Response Network. The reconstruction of Hajigabul-Kurdemir Highway was chosen as the focus for monitoring for this project...

Initial CRN monitoring of water pipeline construction showed the situation is far from what it should be and quite different from what official reports indicate...

After the training on Open Government Partnership (OGP) and national action plan, the CSO representatives in the cities of Salyan, Shirvan, and Lenkoran carried out initial monitoring to check the presence of public unions...

National expert Rovshan Aghayev covered monitoring of the application of Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative on the local level, mentioning the necessity for sub-national monitoring and the lack of quality information and communication infrastructure.