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October 14, 2014

OGP Countries and Partners Pledge to Support Peers

A significant benefit to joining OGP is being connected with a network of allies with valuable experiences in working toward a common objective of a more open government. In advance of the OGP High-Level Event at the United Nations on September 24th 2014, all OGP participating countries and a collection of OGP partners, including civil society organizations, were asked to make a pledge to build a more active peer exchange and support activities with other OGP counties. A total of 32 countries, 13 civil society organizations, five OGP Working Groups, and five Multilateral Partners made commitments to help countries make more ambitious commitments and implement them.

These pledges were included in a one-sentence summary included in Annex 1 of the Outcome Statement and the details behind each commitment have now been published in a supplemental Annex.

Read the full blog post on the pledges here.

What is in the outcome statement of civil society partners?

Two weeks ago, the OGP High‐Level Event ended with the announcement of new pledges from OGP countries to support each other in implementing their OGP commitments. These peer exchange activities are designed to build a more active and supportive network of open government reformers around the world. A total of 32 countries, followed by OGP’s five Working Groups and multilateral partners, have made new pledges on issues central to open government such as access to information, open data, budget transparency, citizen engagement and the combat of corruption. 
Building on the conversations held during the Civil Society Leaders Breakfast earlier that week (good blog post here), international civil society groups and coalitions also (re)stated their continuing support and have made new pledges to mobilize their networks to get involved in the OGP process in one or more participating countries. Let’s have a more detailed look at what the pledges (also to be found in Annex 3 of the outcome statement document) entail and how we as a civil society community can leverage and capitalize on the renewed support.
A total of 13 CSOs have (re)stated their commitment to OGP. The organizations pledge to promote OGP through five issue areas: Public Participation, Access to Information, Fiscal Transparency, Open Data and Open Government principles.

Read the full overview of the civil society pledges on the OGP Hub.
Interviews with Winners of the #OpenGovAwards 2014
The top three winners of the #OpenGovAwards 2014 briefly discuss their projects and share thoughts on being honored at OGP's High-Level event in September. Watch all the interviews here
Faces of Open Government
Patrick Lim is the Director of the Reforms and Innovations Unit, Department of Budget and Management of the Government of Philippines

How does open government make a difference in peoples lives?

The practice of open government makes government more transparent and participatory, both of which make it more accountable to citizens. As citizens have greater capacity to hold government accountable, public services will improve. In a society with high inequality such as ours, it is often citizens who need government services the most - the poor and disadvantaged - who have the greatest difficulty in being heard. It is important that government becomes accountable to them.

How have you benefited from exchanging ideas with civil society?

Constant dialogue with civil society helps generate new ideas and support for government reform programs. Civil society can also be a source of honest feedback, which often times is crucial in preventing a bureaucrat like more from being too bureaucratic.

Read the full interview on the OGP blog.

Latest news on OGP    

Open Data WG to support research projects exploring the technical and practical implications of open data.

As part of its on-going work to support governments in implementing their open data commitments and developing more ambitious action plans, the OGP Open Data Working Group is undertaking a new funding initiative called Open Data for Development (OD4D). The deadline for proposals is October, 24th. The Working Group also recently published its 2014-2015 OGP Open Data Work Plan.

Transparency and Accountability Initiative (T/AI) announces research opportunity.

T/AI is sponsoring a research opportunity exploring when and how OGP contributes to responsive and accountable governments. A detailed description of the call for proposals can be found here.
Deadline for proposal applications is October 27, 17:00 GMT.

The buzz on Open Government

Applications for the Global Innovation Competition hosted by Making All Voices Count (MAVC) are about to close! Submit a bold idea to enhance citizen engagement and boost government responsiveness here. Deadline for applications is October, 15, 23:59 GMT. 

Building on the discussion from the OGP civil society leaders' breakfast in New York, OGP civil society co-chair associate Su Muhereza wrote a blog post on civil society  engagement with their governments. Read the full post 'Playing the inside game: does engagement equal co-option?' here.

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For Your Calendar
A series of workshops introducing OGP will be held in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please contact the OGP Hub.

October, 16-17, 2014
: Introducing OGP, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 9-11, 2014: Introducing OGP, Myanmar

November 27-28, 2014: Introducing OGP, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (TBC)

November 17, 2014: OGP Civil Society Day prior to Americas Meeting. San José, Costa Rica.

November 18-19, 2014: OGP Regional Meeting Americas. San José, Costa Rica.

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