September 2018: The Fight for Clean Water
OGP participants have enacted a variety of reforms related to the accessibility, management transparency, and public accountability over our most important natural resource - water. Today, we’ll hear some stories from around the world in commemoration of World Water Week earlier this month.

In this issue:

Improving water services through #OpenGov: OGP and its relationship with water
How Honduras is engaging citizens to improve the quality of water
How to leverage open government initiatives to avance SDG #6
Peer Learning: Delivering water around the world together
How Uruguay incorporated water commitments in its action plan
Indonesia launched its Open Parliament initiative earlier this month
Engaged Youth: Experiences from the Youth Workshop at #OGPGeorgia

Plus news from around the world of opengov, jobs, and more

Troubled Water: How Countries Can Achieve Water Commitments

By Elizabeth Moses, World Resource Institute

Improving access to clean water cannot wait, says Elizabeth Moses from WRI. The time to act and transform policies and promises into actions and impact is now. Learn how the Community of Practice on Water and Open Government is working to expand country-specific WASH commitments and foster a cohesive, compelling voice for more transparent, inclusive and accountable water governance.

WASHing Down Corruption: Using OGP to Deliver Water
By Paul Maassen and Lotte Geunis, OGP Support Unit

OGP joined hundreds of organizations for World Water Week in Stockholm earlier this month to discuss the many ways we can help deliver quality services when it comes to water. But how can open government initiatives help? Learn more here. 

Help shape OGP’s future! We’ll be holding online and written consultations so you can contribute to the State of Open Government report. Read more here. 

Uruguay’s National Water Plan: A plan built with the people

By Daniel Greif, National Water Director (DINAGUA)

In Uruguay, the government, civil society organizations, and engaged citizens co-created a  water plan that will regulate integrated and sustainable water management for the next 15 years. Learn how this plan - a commitment in their third OGP action plan - was created here. 

Leveraging OGP to Advance SDG 6

By Marcos Mendiburu, Social Development Specialist

It is no surprise that many countries focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal # 6 on clean water and sanitation but how can we make sure we reach the targets set for 2030? In this piece, we explore how governments and civil society organizations can leverage organizations like OGP to advance SDG 6. Read more here.


“Open government is a model where the relationship between the government and the empowered citizens is crucial to decision-making processes.” 
Lenín Moreno
President of the Republic of Ecuador

President Moreno officially kicked off the country’s OGP action plan co-creation process this month. 

Register for the Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in Soul, South Korea on November 5-6.

Engaging Citizens in the Regulation of Water and Sanitation Services in Honduras

By Francisco Valladares, Regulating Entity for Water and Sanitation

Access to water is often limited by the capacity and resources of a government to effectively implement ways to distribute water or to carry out research to understand the context and needs of specific localities. In Honduras, the government has found a way to address some of these issues through citizen engagement

Open Up: Giving the Indonesian Parliament the OGP Treatment

By Debby Adelina Suryani, Open Government Indonesia

Seven years ago, OGP was launched when eight founding countries, including Indonesia, endorsed the Open Government Declaration. Earlier this month, Indonesia launched its Open Parliament initiative, an important step to strengthen open government processes. Read more about it and what this means for the country here


Miranda Patrucic
OCCRP, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Is it okay for journalists to be activists?

No, journalists cannot be activists, because we need to keep our independence, and we cannot call for certain solutions. We can say that a person is corrupt, but it is not our job to tell people to keep this person in power or not. It is our job to help spread the word because this is what we are working on. Yet, we cannot be activists. Even when we cooperate with civil society, we are still working independently.

Read the full interview with Miranda here.

Open Data in Focus

By Madeeha Raza, Acountability Lab

If we want to truly build open governments around the world, we have to build spaces and opportunities for active youth to engage in open government processes. With IODC just around the corner, explore how youth organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas hosted a series of meetings and workshops where they shared their own open government experiences. Read more here. 

Employment Opportunities

Mexico Response Policy Case - Consultant 
Open Government Partnership is seeking a consultant to provide an expert report on a case recently filed by civil society in Mexico as part of the Partnership's Response Policy.

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 and local level in a variety of localities to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans.


Make sure to participate in several consultations about key #opengov issues hosted by OGP this week. Learn more here

Ecuador officially received a delegation from OGP, kicking off their co-creation process. More here

Learn more about TPPR, a CSO initiative that uses OGP to strengthen public procurement reforms.

OGP will be at IODC in Buenos Aires this week. Join a feminist do-a-thon while you’re there! 

What can open government do for you? If you are an open government skeptic then our latest publication is for you. 

Our latest OGP fact sheets have very handy information about OGP commitments on health, education, beneficial ownership, and more. Make sure to check them out!


Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and OGP Ambassador Helen Clark’s interview with GovInsider is out now. Read it here

The Open Contracting Partnership is hiring a Program Manager for Latin America. Learn more here.

IODC is on September 27 and 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Learn more about the conference here

How can we advance aid and budget transparency for development? Here are five things you need to know!

The B-Team is looking for a consultant to help drive their governance & transparency work. Learn more here

In their most recent Exporting Corruption report, Transparency International found that over half of global exports come from countries that fail to punish foreign bribery. 

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