OGP Newsletter
July 2016 

#OGPMontevideo may be over, but we're still talking about the Americas - as well as open government progress around the world. Read about the Subnational Pilot Program in Buenos Aires, great ideas for OGP Action Plans, starred reforms of the Open Government Partnership, the Independent Reporting Mechanism's Jamboree, a Nigerian civil society leader with high hopes for OGP, and a call for proposals for the #OGP16 summit in Paris - and don't forget to check out a letter to the OGP community from OGP's new CEO, Sanjay Pradhan.

Sanjay Pradhan: A Letter to the OGP Community 

By Sanjay Pradhan, CEO of the Open Government Partnership 

OGP’s new CEO, Sanjay Pradhan, traveled across the world - four continents, two regional meetings, and the London Anti-Corruption Summit - in his first month at the helm. Now that he’s had a chance to sit down and take a breath, he shares with us his thoughts on what OGP has accomplished, and what’s in store as we look to our five year anniversary - and beyond. Read Sanjay’s full letter here.

Challenges and Aspirations of the Subnational Pilot Program in Buenos Aires

By Alvaro Herrero, Transparency and Rule of Law Expert, Buenos Aires City Government

The launch of OGP’s Subnational Pilot Program has brought new successes and challenges to the cities and provinces selected to participate. Alvaro Herrero, a transparency expert and employee of the Buenos Aires government, talks about Buenos Aires’ legacy as a transparently-governed city, and how the OGP Subnational Pilot Program can increase its effectiveness and reach. Read the full blog post here.

Quote of the Month - July
"I think we should all be playing a meaningful role in society. Life is too short not to."
Quote of the Month: Martin Tisné
OGP Steering Committee Member; Investment Partner, Omidyar Network
Click the video above to hear more about Martin Tisné's view of OGP's place in the world and how it promotes a "race to the top."


Global Summit Call for Proposals: Help Co-Create the Agenda!

By Paula Forteza, Etalab

Are you excited for the #OGP16 Global Summit? Paula Forteza, an entrepreneur and member of the French Prime Minister’s taskforce on Open Data, Open Government, and Open Science, is asking you to participate in the co-creation of the Summit. The deadline for proposals is July 20th, but it’s never too early to submit your #opengov ideas. Read about formatting, rules and more here.

Getting to Know the IRM: A Jamboree Experience 

By Rachel Ostrow, Communications Officer, Open Government Partnership 

What’s the IRM? Who’s the IEP? Why are we at a jamboree? Join Rachel Ostrow, OGP Communications Officer, as she joins the IRM staff for an exploration of what IRM researchers are doing and why it’s vital to the work of the OGP. Read more about the experience here.

Looking Back on Great Ideas for OGP Action Plans  

By Abhinav Bahl, Program Manager, Open Government Partnership

OGP has 70 countries to its name. Each country has a unique set of commitments to help open government and bring governance to citizens. OGP's Abhinav Bahl reviews a series of blog posts that highlighted innovative open government initiatives that countries could include in National Action Plans, looking at topics from gender, to open contracting, to participatory budgeting. Read the full blog here.

Faces of Open Government

Oluseun Onigbinde, Lead Partner, BudgIT

What are you hoping to learn from the greater OGP community? What are you hoping to bring to that community?

I expect to learn from the challenges and opportunities seen from the members who joined before us. As a well-researched organization, we have been interested in reviewing the challenges of other OGP countries. We are advising state officers to consider such issues right from the foundation. I think we can show leadership as a country that delivers results in the OGP. As a person that has facilitated OGP conversations in Sierra Leone, been on the OGP Awards Jury, and led an online project to track OGP commitments in Sierra Leone, I believe it is important we bring these skills to Nigeria. I am passionate about the OGP and the potential to accelerate the issues that deepen transparency and accountability in Nigeria.

Read the full interview

Opening Government, Opening Minds: Star Reforms of the Open Government Partnership   

By IRM Staff

OGP has assessed almost 2,000 commitments from OGP countries around the globe. Though all of these commitments were designed with a simple goal - opening government to the people - the IRM has designated certain commitments as “star commitments” due to their potentially transformative impact. OGP has collected these “cream of the crop” commitments in a new booklet entitled Star Reforms in the Open Government Partnership. This blog post reviews the commitments included in the booklet, as well as some of the key takeaways. Read more about it here.

Featured OGP Commitment 

Country: Mongolia
Commitment: Improving Environmental Information Access for Citizens
National Action Plan:

While Mongolia is a compliant country in the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), many agreements and contracts related to natural resources extraction remain closed and inaccessible to citizens. Following the Minister of Environment’s declaration of 2014 as a “year for environmental transparency,” government and civil society sought to incorporate EITI recommendations that Mongolia improve access to information for local communities into the national action plan. This starred commitment has become a substantial program that has led to the publication of over 22 datasets online on a government website, including specific sets on pollution and other OGP commitments. In a country that is characterized by the activity of the extractives industry and concerns about the effects of that industry, the substantial progress made on this commitment has increased public awareness of pollution and its sources, and has the potential to make a transformative change in how the extractives industry operates in Mongolia. The other portion of this commitment - an agreement on maintaining a publicly accessible list of the companies involved in pollution - is yet to be fulfilled, and the Mongolian IRM researcher has indicated that the government should complete the creation of a publicly accessible database of polluters, with particular focus on ensuring there is access to that information in rural regions.

OGP in the News - June Edition

By Alex Vedovi, Communications Intern, Open Government Partnership 

Montevideo, Abuja, Madrid - those are just a few of the datelines that saw OGP news this month. Montevideo’s hosting of the OGP Regional Meeting for the Americas lit up smartphone screens across the continent; Nigeria’s official announcement of intent to join OGP excited the Twittersphere in Africa and beyond; and the IRM Jamboree in Madrid brought researchers from over thirty countries to an OGP peer learning event. Read more about OGP’s news coverage in June here.

Latest OGP News and Employment Opportunities

Open Government Awards- Civil Society Step Up! 
Registrations are in for the 2016 Open Government Awards! In 2016, OGP is taking one of its foundational values - Transparency – and asking civil society applicants to show its real promise for both governments and citizens. Governments and government-controlled entities collect, commission and produce vast quantities of data and information as part of their day-to-day activities. When these are made transparent - readily available and accessible - citizens can creatively use, analyze, visualize and share them for public benefit. Read more about the Open Gov Awards - past winners, judges, and requirementshere. 

Calling All Web Masters - OGP Seeking Web Content Curator!
OGP is seeking an experienced web designer with a passion for open government to be our new Web Content Curator.  The ideal candidate would be based in DC with two to three years of experience. Candidates should submit their applications by midnight on July 17th. More information here

The Coolest Job in #OpenGov: Program Manager, Subnational Government Pilot Program
OGP's Subnational Government Pilot Program is seeking a Program Manager. You should be resourceful, politically savvy, and willing to travel, with 5-7 years of experience working in government (preferably local). More details here.

Call for IRM National Researchers in Norway, Papua New Guinea, Cabo Verde, The Philippines, and Romania
The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking individuals to carry out research at the national level in three countries to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans. See here for application details.

Buzz on #OpenGov   

On the occasion of his signature of the FOIA Improvement Act, President Obama called the Open Government Partnership a "notable step" in increasing transparency and openness in government. Read more here.

OGP's Criteria and Standards Subcommittee released an update on the status of Hungary in the Open Government Partnership. Read more here.

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