OGP Newsletter

April 2017: Celebrating Co-Creation
What does co-creation mean to you? In this edition of the OGP Newsletter, we're sharing stories of co-creation from around the #opengov world: from the intensely personal to the words of a Prime Minister. 
In This Issue:
Newly-elected Steering Committee government of Canada on data and transparency
"The Georgian way of co-creation" - the Open Government Georgia Forum
How co-creation works in the UK, before and after Brexit
Australia: From hiatus to high-level co-creation
Tim Hughes: A personal journey to the open government movement 
France's new participatory platform
Launch of the Open Climate Working Group
How to develop public service commitments that really serve
OGP in 2016: numbers, facts, and figures
plus news from around the world of opengov, jobs & more
The winner of our #opengovgram contest: Public Meeting in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya, by Panthea Lee of Reboot. Read more about this incredible photo - and the story behind it - here.

Enabling Co-Creation through Transparency and the Proactive Release of Data

By  Mélanie Robert, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

#OGP16 energized Canada's open government team to continue its work to engage and collaborate with the public. With Canada's recent election to the OGP Steering Committee, they're using that energy to build platforms to increase access to information and data. Read more here. (Also available in French)

Bringing open government home for citizens: developing public service commitments

By Tim Hughes, Involve UK, and Paul Maassen, OGP

Only 9.2% of OGP commitments are on public services - even though all citizens rely on the availability of accessible, high quality public services. OGP and its partners are working on guidance for developing robust and ambitious public service commitments - read all about it here.

OGP is excited to announce the launch of the Open Climate Working Group by OGP Co-Chairs, the Government of France and the World Resources Institute. Read more about this exciting new group here.

France Aims at Deepening Ambition

By the Etalab Task Force

France has launched an online platform to initiate the development of its next OGP National Action Plan. Find out how the Solutions Agenda will be implemented, and what new policy areas reformers in France plan to tackle, here.

Featured OGP Commitment 

Country: Georgia
Action Plan: 2014-15
Commitment: Coordinate and support Open Government Georgia’s Forum

How does the "Georgian way of co-creation" work? It's not easy, but it's improved government-civil society cooperation, diversified the voices heard in the process, and facilitated better communication. Read more about Georgia's Open Government Forum here.

Co-Creation in the United Kingdom

By Ben Worthy, IRM Researcher for the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom used innovative methods of co-creation in developing its second and third action plans. Will these methods stay in place under the new administration? Find out more from our IRM researcher in the country here.

Prime Minister’s Speech at OGP Event

“The roots of Georgia’s success can be found in co-creation and inclusiveness of government efforts at all levels.”
Quote of the Month: Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili
Prime Minister of Georgia

Click through to listen to the Prime Minister's thoughts on co-creation at #5YearsOGP.

OGP in 2016

By Joe Powell, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, OGP

OGP's recently published Annual Report shows the top statistics of 2016 - 75 countries, 43 countries with a Permanent Dialogue Mechanism, 141 countries represented at the Global Summit, and much, much more. But it's more than just numbers - find out just how much here.

Co-Creation During the Implementation of Australia's First National Action Plan

By Kat Szuminska, OpenAustralia Foundation 

Australia announced its first National Action Plan in December 2016, three years after the second OGP Summit in London. With the development of a working group between government and civil society, Australia is on its way to successful co-creation - and civil society needs to stay involved. Read about the road ahead for open government in Australia here.

Can't get enough co-creation? Read OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan's remarks launching Co-Creation Week, ways to discover company ownership, and insights on co-creation from subnational pioneers on the OGP blog, and check out our regional co-creation webinars from the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific regions! 

Faces of Open Government

Tim Hughes, Director, Involve

What’s your “open government pitch” - how do you sell the idea to the uninitiated?

I think there’s a simple but powerful idea at the heart of open government - that governments and public services will work better for us, the public, if we know and can influence what they’re doing, and hold them to account for it. Everyone has an example of a policy, decision or service where they think some combination of “I could have told them that”, “well of course that didn’t work”, or “surely it’d be better if…”. That’s usually the hook for talking to them about open government.

Read more of Tim's interview here.

OGP in the News: March 2017

By Jacqueline McGraw, Communications Intern, OGP

Canada, Italy, South Africa, and South Korea were all elected to join the OGP Steering Committee - but that was far from the only OGP news in the month of March. #OpenDataDay, co-creation, and regional news from the Americas, Europe, and Asia made headlines around the world. Read all the news that's fit to print here!

Employment Opportunities

Chief Financial and Operations Officer
The Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) will have principal responsibility for the internal administration of the OGP SU, including oversight and management of OGP’s finance, budgeting, work planning, accounting, grants management, information technology, human resources, administration and corporate risk management functions. 5-10 years of increasingly responsible experience in operational, financial, budget, work planning, fundraising, accounting, and grants management oversight required.

Program Associate: Knowledge, Learning, Innovation, and Capacity Building Program
OGP is looking for an individual with strong research, analytical and project management skills, to serve as Program Associate. The Program Associate will be a full-time staff of OGP’s new Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and Capacity Building (KLIC) program. Graduate degree and 2+ years governance experience required.

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.
Buzz on #OpenGov   

Check out the Global Co-Creation Week Storify here!
Save the Date: The OGP Regional Summit for the Americas will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 21-22.

We are looking for an individual to carry out donor mapping in OGP member countries in Africa. More details here.
International Budget Partnership wrote an op-ed in the East African newspaper about Elgeyo-Marakwet County’s open government plans.
What can civil society bring to the co-creation process? Watch our video series from #OGP15 in Mexico City here.
The OGP Strategic Refresh is online and available for comment here.
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The World of #OpenGov

Open Society Foundation is hiring a Policy Officer for Legal Empowerment.

The Open Ownership Register is launching on 3 April.

The Organization of American States is hiring for the Open Government Fellowship.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s annual Governance Weekend is taking place on April 8th.
OGP Subnational Pioneer City of Buenos Aires and El Pais hosted an international forum on "the cities of Latin America facing global challenges."
OGP Subnational Pioneer Austin, Texas hosted the US Conference of Mayors at SXSW to discuss innovation and governance.
Namati is hiring a Campaigns and Advocacy Officer.

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