OGP Newsletter

October 2017: Rebuilding Trust in Government
The message at the United Nations General Assembly was clear: lacking trust, people are moving away from institutions. At UNGA, leaders in government and civil society met to discuss ways to remedy this vital issue. Full coverage of OGP at UNGA and #RenewTrust in this month’s Newsletter!

In This Issue:

Ukrainian Deputy Minister Maksym Nefyodov on four principles vital to creating trust
Canada’s Don Lenihan on how to fix consultation
Minister Kim Boo-Kyum on how Korea is rebuilding trust in the wake of scandal
Mukelani Dimba: the road ahead for OGP and #RenewingTrust
Danny Sriskandarajah from CIVICUS: a world in need of trust
Plus news from around the world of opengov, jobs, and more


President of France Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili meet at the #RenewTrust event at #UNGA72. Photo: Mission of Georgia

Serious Business: Four Principles in Building Trust

By Maksym Nefyodov, Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade, Ukraine

“Trust is a scarce jewel in the modern world.” Deputy Minister Nefyodov would know - the Revolution of Dignity took place in a country scarred by corruption, opacity, and aggression. But Ukraine’s reforms are rebuilding trust between citizens and governments - and are held up by four principles. Read more here.

Open Dialogue Can Resolve Value Conflicts

By Don Lenihan, Canada 2020

“People are left feeling disconnected from their governments and powerless to do anything about it. There is a sense that governments can no longer be trusted to do what is right.” But dialogue - particularly dialogue conducted in a contemporary, open way - can bridge that disconnect and restore faith in government. Read Lenihan’s full essay here.

The OGP Steering Committee at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Photo: Kal Dolgin, Eyesounds Photography

OGP Welcomes Canada as 2018-19 Government Lead Co-Chair!

The Government of Canada, represented by Treasury Board President Scott Brison, will be lead co-chair alongside Nathaniel Heller of Results for Development for the 2018-19 year.

Political Upheaval and Trust-Building

By Kim Boo-Kyum, Minister of the Interior and Safety, South Korea

“When Zigong asked Confucius about the essence of government, the master replied: ‘Sufficient food, a strong army, and the trust of the people…. without the trust of the people, no government could survive.’” So begins Minister Kim’s essay, on how Korea is improving trust in a post-scandal environment. Drawing on ancient history as well as the recent past, he shows that trust can create “candlelight democracy.” Read the full essay here.

Rebuilding Trust

By Mukelani Dimba, International School for Transparency, OGP Co-Chair

OGP’s tightening the rules that govern who can join - while ensuring the process and platform remain strong and accountable. OGP’s new civil society co-chair, Mukelani Dimba, recaps the events of both UNGA and the OGP Steering Committee meeting in this introductory blog.

Announcing OGP's New Ambassadors!

OGP is pleased to announce the Right Honorable Helen Clark, Alicia Barcena, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Helle Thorning-Schmidt as our new OGP Ambassadors, joining Winnie Byanyima and Mo Ibrahim as high-level emissaries of the open government movement. Read the press release here.

We are also pleased to announce a new group of OGP Envoys to support OGP progress around the world. Find out more about them here.

Quote of the Month

Frans Timmermans
First Vice President, European Commission

“We are no longer in a ’trust me’ society - we can no longer get a vote every four or five years and say to people ‘trust me, we’ll take care of it and at the end of the day you can judge us.'  We’re in a ‘show me’ society.   People want to see what we do on a daily basis, and if we don’t adapt our political systems to that, there will be a temptation to go for the alternative of pandering to lies and half truths as a means of gaining political control, as is happening too often in societies today.” (Photo: Kal Dolgin, Eyesounds Photography)

Click here to watch Timmermans’ full remarks and the entirety of the #RenewTrust event at #UNGA72!

Faces of Open Government
Dr. Dhananjayan "Danny" Sriskandarajah
Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS

In your essay, you write that organizations like OGP and CIVICUS have been at the forefront of the “openness revolution.” Who needs to join this revolution to make it truly transformational?

Everyone! In recent months there’s been increased focus on the role that tech giants like Google and Facebook are playing in our democracies. The reality is, that the relationship between people and their governments is changing, and often this is not for the better. We need the new powerful players in the corporate world, to also show a commitment to openness. Also, of course the openness revolution would not be possible without the media. We all need to think about how we can safeguard the media’s independence and diversity, so that it can continue to play its vital watchdog role. Finally, it’s important for the “openness revolution” to involve all of civil society, and that means looking beyond the usual well-resourced international NGOs in the Global North.

Read Danny’s full interview here.

Did you miss us at #UNGA72? See all speeches, video, and social media here.

OGP in the News - September 2017

By Jacqueline McGraw, Communications Associate, OGP

OGP news in September revolved around #UNGA and our trending hashtag, #RenewTrust - but that wasn’t all. OGP made headlines throughout Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. Read more here.

Employment Opportunities

Asia-Pacific Events Logistical Consultant
The OGP Support Unit is seeking a consultant preferably based in Jakarta (candidates from Singapore and Manila will also be considered) to assist the Support Unit in working with partners organizing regional events in 2017. This a temporary position for 3 months, with the possibility of extension.

Communications Officer
The Open Government Partnership (OGP)  is looking to add a creative, strategic communicator to its growing team.  The ideal candidate will be agile, flexible and able to clearly communicate the mission and impact of OGP across multiple tasks, including social media, press engagement and content creation (video, blogs, podcasts and other medium).

Call for Proposals: Assessing Featured OGP Commitments
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is inviting proposals to assess if and how OGP reforms have changed government policy, practice and services and made a tangible difference in peoples’ lives. A total of 5-7 grants of USD 5,000 each will be awarded competitively to journalists, researchers or organizations that meet the criteria for proposals.

Temporary Employment - Report Production Specialist, Independent Reporting Mechanism
The IRM is seeking highly organized individuals with strong writing skills to collaborate with IRM team in production of reports from review to publication.

Call for Independent Experts Panel Members
The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is seeking nominations for new members of the International Experts Panel, the governing body of the IRM. These members will take on the work of reviewing documents during 2018 and will assume a role in guiding the IRM in 2020 onwards.

Call for IRM National Researchers
The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking individuals to carry out research at the national level in a variety of countries to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans.

Donor Scoping Consultant in Africa
OGP is looking for an individual to carry out donor mapping in OGP member countries in Africa. The overall objective of this assignment is to conduct a comprehensive donor scoping and intelligence of funding agencies in 15 African countries. The consultant will lead the donor mapping process with a view to actively seek partnerships with those donors whose priorities are in line with the Open Governance Partnership and Good Governance broadly.

Buzz on #OpenGov   

Register for the OGP Regional Americas Meeting here.

We’ve officially partnered with the B-Team to work together with the private sector. Read about this exciting new partnership here and here.

Check out our new blog series on public service delivery in Asia here.

Take the OGP Civil Society Survey here.

The government of Turkey has officially left OGP.

The government of Tanzania has officially withdrawn from OGP.

The World of #OpenGov

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is seeking a Communications Manager.

AccessInfo Europe is seeking a Right to Information Campaigner/Researcher.

The International Budget Partnership is seeking a Communications Director.

InterAction is hosting a workshop on how to use aid data effectively on October 19th in Washington, D.C.

Transparency International has launched the Anti-Corruption Commitment Pledge Tracker.

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