November 2020

An Extraordinary Gathering to Build Back Better

In September, Heads of State and Government including Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and civil society leaders gathered for the OGP Virtual Leaders Summit to showcase ways to build more vibrant and inclusive democracies. OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan shares highlights here.

Domestic Resource Mobilization and Economic Recovery in Africa

In our recent paper, explore eight ways open government reform can help African countries recover from the COVID-19 crisis and restore their progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals here.

GLOW: Open Parliaments Prove Their Strength In An Unprecedented Year

By The Open Parliament e-Network (OPeN)

The events of the year have tested the strength of democracies globally, but one lesson is clear: Legislatures are most effective in upholding democratic norms and meeting citizen needs when they commit to open government. Read more here.

Steering Committee Spotlight

The OGP Steering Committee will convene December 14-15 to review and approve OGP's 2021 work plan and discuss how the full Partnership can collectively maximize the unprecedented alignment of opportunities to advance OGP's local, thematic and global goals next year: 

  • 100+ members co-creating action plans 
  • Tackling current global challenges with new and existing partners
  • Celebrating 10 years of OGP
  • Hosting a Global Summit in late 2021
Earlier this month the OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) hosted IRM Week: A Year in Review, where they shared analysis and insights from recent IRM reports through a series of events, report launches, blogs and fact sheets. 

Blogs Fact Sheets

The Role of Beneficial Ownership Transparency During a Crisis

Beneficial ownership transparency is paramount to ensuring that COVID-19 relief packages go to where they are intended.

Earlier this month, UK Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister Clement Agba of Nigeria, Minister Rustam Badasyan of Armenia, the IMF, FATF, and Transparency International Mexico shared examples and best practices to advance beneficial ownership reforms in OGP countries and identified steps to advance this as a global norm.

Watch the recording here.

#DigitalAgainstCOVID19 Innovation Challenge

Let’s combine innovation, technology and citizen engagement to ensure COVID-19-related spending, stimulus, and safety net measures benefit those most in need and lead to an open recovery. Join ADB and OGP’s innovation challenge and share your ideas. The winning solution will receive up to US$10,000 in funding for pilot testing. The deadline to apply is December 6.

Feminist Open Government Research

The Feminist Open Government Initiative is an ambitious attempt to broaden the base of open government support through research and a coalition building effort to rally reform champions behind a gender-centric approach to open government. Dive into the latest round of research from Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), Equal Measures 2030 and Técnicas Rudas here.

The World of #OpenGov

- Registration for the 2020 International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) is now open. Join for six days of passionate debates, discovery and learning about innovative ideas, music, films and more.

- Norman Eisen and OGP’s Joseph Foti argue that equity is the missing ingredient in COVID-19 oversight.

- Learn about South Korea’s open and transparent approach to tackling COVID-19 in this video.

- The Open Contracting Partnership shares insights into emergency procurement in this blog. Find a full synthesis report with findings and recommendations for better emergency procurement here.

- Watch a recording from the Open Parliament e-Network (OPeN)’s recent event on governments and parliaments working toward open state policy and explore early lessons from OPeN’s OGP Multi-Donor Trust Fund project on advancing parliamentary engagement in open government in Mexico, Tunisia and the Kyrgyz Republic.

- The Open Gov Digital Youth Summit brought together 1,000+ open gov reformers from 100+ countries to discuss strategies for making the response to COVID-19 more inclusive and transparent. Find presentation materials here.

- The Forum on Information and Democracy shares 250 recommendations for stopping infodemics.

- Transparency International recently released recommendations for asset and interest declarations and tackling the impact of corruption on women, accompanied by this blog.

- The 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance is out now, revealing that Africa’s governance performance declines for the first time in a decade.  

- Integrity Action is researching how to make social accountability more sustainable. Explore early findings from their work and participate in a brainstorm survey.

- IDFI’s Giorgi Kldiashvili shares why independence of the institutions fighting corruption is an essential standard.

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