OGP Newsletter

March 2017: Special Focus on Gender
OGP countries have produced 2,731 commitments - does it shock you to know that only 9 relate to women or gender? A rising movement within the #opengov community seeks to change that by involving women - from the very beginning.
In This Issue:
How open government is preventing domestic violence
The new OGP website: designed with you in mind
Can mobile applications bring #opengov to women?
Open government for cities: events in Brazil
Ukrainian parliamentarian discusses corruption, procurement, and propaganda
Global Co-Creation Week: sharing ideas and best practices
OpenHeroines: stories of women in the open government world
plus news from around the world of opengov, jobs & more

Is the big data revolution leaving those most vulnerable to climate change behind?

By Natalie Elwell and Elizabeth Moses, World Resources Institute

More than 1.7 billion women in developing countries do not have access to mobile phones - and the associated applications being designed to improve their standard of living. How do we ensure that open government serves the most vulnerable? Read more here.

#OpenGender Monologues - A tool for more dialogues

By Jen Bramley, mySociety

Attendees at #OGP16 shared their stories of gender discrimination over a lunchtime session on the final day - revealing personal and professional experiences that are driving some in the open government movement to push for more diversity and representation. Read about these stories here.

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Designing for open governance

By Camellia Williams, vizzuality

OGP's getting a brand new website - and it's been designed with the user in mind. With updated maps, easy-to-navigate menus, and improved design, the website will be a useful tool for all in the #opengov world. Get a sneak preview and read about the process here.

Featured OGP Commitment 
Country: Brazil
Commitment: Development of an information system on the Maria da Penha law
Action Plan:

Guest Author Bárbara Paes, Article 19

Maria da Penha was almost killed by her husband, and left a paraplegic as a result. Civil society advocates turned her struggle for justice into a law to protect victims of domestic violence - and now they're using OGP as a platform to further protect the vulnerable. Read more about Maria's story, and the commitment, here.

Global Co-Creation Week: Be open to co-create

By Alonso Cerdan, Deputy Director, and Madaleine Weber, Communications Officer, OGP

OGP is hosting Global Co-Creation Week from March 27-30, looking at best practices and standards for genuine co-creation across the open government world. Read more about it here.

The right to know: Meeting Helen Darbishire who’s leading the campaign for greater govt transparency

“If we were able to involve more women in decision-making, both through formal posts in government as well as by being consulted as citizens, then we could shift the balance toward decision-making which is really in the wider public interest, rather than narrow economic or personal interests.”
Quote of the Month: Helen Darbishire
Executive Director, Access Info Europe; OGP Steering Committee Member

Click through to hear Helen's whole interview with France24 during #OGP16.

Open Government for Cities in Brazil

By Daniely Votto, World Resources Institute

Though Brazil is one of OGP's founding countries, the open government framework has not trickled down into local government. A series of events in Brazil seeks to close that gap. Read more here.

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Faces of Open Government

Svitlana Zalishchuk, Member of Parliament, Ukraine

Do you think open government initiatives can impact policymaking on issues of defense, trade, and national security?

Open government initiatives, first of all, enable the channels of information. When people learn about the possibilities that increased trade with the EU brings they express support for it through voting and civil activism. Same goes for defense or security issues. People can influence the policy when they are well-informed and can monitor the actions of the government. Transparency, openness and accountability of government are a great immunity package against propaganda of any kind.

Read more of Svitlana's interview

OGP in the News: February 2017

By Jacqueline McGraw, Communications Intern, OGP

The White House wiped its data portal off its website, OGP Steering Committee elections made headlines in India, and pirates are championing open government for education in the Czech Republic. Read more about OGP in the news for the month of February here, and don't forget to subscribe to receive it in your inbox every Monday!

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.

IRM: Publications Specialist
The IRM is seeking a highly organized individual with strong proofreading skills to collaborate with the IRM team to review and publish IRM reports from OGP-participating countries. This is a temporary contract position.

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   

Madrid, one of OGP’s Subnational Pioneers, has completed the first round of participatory budget voting. Read more here.

Elgeyo-Marakwet County in Kenya is launching its Subnational Action Plan on March 10th. More details here.

OGP Director for Civil Society Engagement, Paul Maassen, spoke at Civil Society Morning at the OGP Global Summit. Watch his full speech here.

Save the Date: The OGP Regional Summit for the Americas will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 21-22.

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Open Climate Working Group led by current OGP co-chairs, the Government of France and the World Resources Institute. The Open Climate Working Group is a platform to help OGP members and civil society advance climate action through open government—to meet national climate goals and obligations under the Paris Agreement while building trust, legitimacy, and accountability through open and inclusive processes. Please get in touch with the OGP Support Unit ( if you would like to be involved in this exciting agenda.
The World of #OpenGov
WhatWorks2017, an international conference on advancing social progress, takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland from April 24-26.

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

The Engine Room is hiring an Africa lead for its Transparency and Accountability team.
Publish What You Pay is hiring a communications assistant for its London office.

Transparency International is seeking a Policy Officer for EU Integrity in its London office.
Open Society Foundations has posted a grant opportunity for supporting independent journalism and innovation.

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