OGP Newsletter

September 2017: Renewing Trust
Two-thirds of countries surveyed by the Edelman Trust Barometer are now considered “distrusters,” with record-low levels of trust in all major institutions. How can we rebuild trust? OGP is examining how to #RenewTrust - documenting the fight to win it back through openness and transparency - in this month’s Newsletter.

In This Issue:
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on how engaging with citizens is growing trust
OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan on why #opengov is vital to rebuilding trust
Why trust is vital for business - and where open government can play a role - by May Miller-Dawkins
Miko Canares: why public service delivery is vital for trust
Special Section: growing evidence on the relationship between trust and governance
Plus news from around the world of opengov, jobs, and more

Villagers at a community meeting in Jogbahn, Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Photo: Morgana Wingard

Getting Things Done For The People, With The People

By Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of the Republic of Georgia

“I have heard stories from colleagues -- both from government and civil society organizations -- on how surprising it was for the wider public to enter the open discussion, and for them to lead side-by-side with the government and civil society. It was surprising how honest the conversations would become after a few minutes.”  

For Prime Minister Kvirikashvili, it is this honesty that defines the importance of open government - and helps build trust in institutions. Read more here.

An Open Government Approach to Rebuilding Citizen Trust

By Sanjay Pradhan, CEO, Open Government Partnership

OGP will be unveiling a new publication, “Trust: The Fight To Win It Back,” on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City. In his introduction to this important collection of essays by luminaries from government, civil society, business, and the media, OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan explains why open government is key for rebuilding trust. Read the full introduction here.

The OGP Steering Committee is holding a webinar on September 14th at 8am EST. Agenda and registration available here!

The Business of Trust: How Companies Can Build Credibility

By May Miller-Dawkins, The B Team

Trust “is the glue that binds companies to their customers.” But when consumers can’t trust business, prosperity is threatened. The B Team’s May Miller-Dawkins outlines why trust is vital for companies - and how open government can play a role in ensuring companies play by the rules and maintain the trust of consumers. Read the whole article here.

When Buzzwords Become Action

By Michael Canares, Open Data Lab Jakarta

Several OGP countries in Asia met in Manila last month to discuss public service delivery and its importance to both the #opengov movement and its links to citizen trust. Michael Canares, from Open Data Lab Jakarta, shows how the co-creation process is sustained and fed by trust with examples from around Asia. Check it out here.

Civil Society Fireside Chat with Sanjay Pradhan, Manish Bapna, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

“From Brexit, to U.S., to Moldova, to Bulgaria, and to many other parts of the world where there have not been recent elections, one thing that we have seen is that these results show deep citizen distrust of government, that they feel is ruled by an elite that is either living in a cocoon or is captured by special interests. There is something very directly that the OGP community, right here, can do to address that citizen distrust. But it will mean doing things differently. It will mean that we need to complement the work we’ve been doing on open data and transparency, and which will continue to be foundational, to now make a big push on deeper citizen participation in policy making and service delivery, so they (citizens) start trusting government.
Quote of the Month: Sanjay Pradhan, OGP CEO
Civil Society Fireside Chat at #OGP16

Click on the video to listen to the full conversation on trust and civil society.

Learn More: Research on Trust

Why is trust important? Why is OGP focused on rebuilding trust? How are governance and trust related? In this section, we’re featuring several research pieces that show the importance of trust - and why OGP is talking about the fight to win it back. Read more here.

OGP in the News - August 2017

By Jacqueline McGraw, Communications Associate, OGP

OGP staff traveled around the world - and so did news of OGP activities. From Sanjay Pradhan’s visit to Korea and Sierra Leone’s aid transparency commitments, to Germany’s new NAP and Argentina’s call for greater involvement of the legislature, OGP made headlines all over the globe in August. Read more here.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Join us for a Civil Society Webinar on Wednesday, September 14th.

OGP has opened the public comment period on draft updated recommendations for improving the operating environment for CSOs in Azerbaijan. Read more here.

The OGP Strategic Refresh is online and available for comment here.

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The World of #OpenGov

Join the B Team for Toward a New Trust: Serving Public Interests Through Transparency and Integrity, at the Concordia Summit in New York City on September 19th.

Nepal has put out its first-ever Citizens Climate Budget.

Transparency International UK is holding a meetup on Corruption and Civic Tech on September 21st.

TAI and WRI have released Thirsting for Justice: Transparency and Poor People’s Struggle for Clean Water in Indonesia, Mongolia and Thailand.

Open Society Justice Initiative is seeking a Law Fellow.

Canadian civil society and the Canadian federal government are creating a Multi-stakeholder forum on open government, a collaborative platform through which government and civil society, as partners, can co-create the action plan and then oversee implementation. Apply for membership by October 9 at

Join the OpenGovHub for “How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development” with Professor Yuen Yuen Ang on September 14th at 4:30pm.

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