Last week, civil society advocates gathered in The Hague to review and conclude the pilot phase of the Civil Society National Action Plan Review tool. The idea of the project is primarily to equip national OGP actors with an advocacy tool that can help them push for a stronger partnership and more ambitious plans by assessing the OGP process through a civil society lens. The combined results can also help OGP improving the overall OGP mechanism. Tim Hughes from the UK-based CSO Involve summarized main findings of the event below.
The central mechanism of the Open Government Partnership is, of course, the National Action Plan. It presents the advocacy opportunity for reformers inside and outside governments to secure reforms. And it is against the Action Plan that a government can be held accountable for the implementation of its commitments.
If we’re to increase the impact of the OGP, the obvious place to start is with the quality of those plans. More specifically, creating incentives to develop Action Plans in an open and inclusive way, and disincentives to make vague, irrelevant and/or unambitious commitments...continue reading here.