Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Open Government Partnership: Webinar on Proactive Transparency

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global network of governments committed to the open government initiative. Originally launched by eight founding countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States) in September 2011, OGP now has over 50 dedicated members and the number keeps growing.  In order to participate, countries have to comply with eligibility requirements, submit a Letter of Intent (see Russia as an example), and develop an Action Plan that will demonstrate step-by-step how the country is planning to realize its commitment to open government (see Mexico’s Action Plan).
Open government is a new concept that the governments around the world still have to explore and experiment. OGP is a multilateral initiative that “aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.” The OGP network is designed to connect multiple stakeholders: civil society organizations, governments, and private sector participants – to create a sense of community, exchange best practices, and help countries implement open government commitments and reforms.
To encourage peer learning and knowledge sharing on critical open government issues, the OGP network conducts webinars on a series of questions related to open government. The next webinar on Proactive Transparency will be held on Tuesday February 19th at 10am EST. Participation is free. For more information on the event and registration instructions please click here.
To learn more about OGP and its goals visit the website or download OGP official brochure.

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