OGP Newsletter
February 2017

Civic space is under threat around the world, but OGP is on the front lines. Find out how OGP commitments and OGP partners are working to protect civic space in this month's edition of the OGP Newsletter.
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Paris Declaration: 20 Collective Actions to Accelerate Open Government

By Amélie Banzet, Etalab

While the OGP Global Summit closed in Paris on December 9th, the hard work of expanding and empowering the open government movement continued. Find out about the next steps for the Paris Declaration on Open Government here.

The Year Ahead for OGP

By Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for governments and civil society, and it’s a big year for us at OGP as well. CEO Sanjay Pradhan outlines the next year for OGP and the open government movement, including steps taken on the Strategic Refresh, here.

OGP must protect space for "people power" - before it is too late

By Cathal Gilbert, Civicus

Mobile phone footage, photographs, and news stories have shown us that civic space around the world is closing. Whether it’s in Europe, Africa, Asia, or the Americas, there are threats to people power everywhere - and OGP can help stop it. Read about how open government has the potential to protect civic space here.

Being Bold: Turning Ideas into Action

By Araddhya Mehtta, Oxfam

Looking deeper into the theme of civic space, Oxfam’s Araddhya Mehta looks at some cases where open government is protecting civic space around the world, both in OGP countries and outside. From Uganda to Vietnam, open government is working. Read more here.

“Open government . . . It’s really the next step in the development of our democracy because it lets citizens not only know what’s happening but be involved and change what’s happening in government.”
Quote of the Month: Ambassador Norman Eisen
Listen to Ambassador Eisen’s full Brookings Cafeteria podcast here, where he talks about open government, the Brookings Open Government report, and the US presidential transition.

Refreshing OGP’s Rules of the Game

By Joseph Powell, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership

Part of OGP’s Strategic Refresh involves looking inward. Find out how the Strategic Refresh will affect OGP’s rules of the game - from who can join to how National Action plans work. Read more here.

Introducing OGP’s new Participation and Co-creation Standards

By Paul Maassen, Director for Civil Society Engagement, Open Government Partnership, and Tim Hughes, Coordinator, UK Open Government Network 
OGP is constantly looking to improve its methodology and model. After review and comment periods, we are ready to announce the new co-creation guidelines. Read more here.
Featured OGP Commitment 
Country: Latvia
Commitment: Establish a sustainable model of funding non-governmental organizations
Action Plan:

How do you create civic space where, thirty years ago, there was none? Latvia’s post-Soviet legacy could have doomed its non-governmental sector. Instead, it’s created a thriving, funded, and protected civic space where diversity is valued and complex issues are addressed. How did it manage this? Find out more in this month’s featured commitment.

Faces of Open Government

Gordana Dimitrovska, National Coordinator for OGP, FYR Macedonia

Given trends in populism throughout Europe and around the world, what role do you think open government can play in stemming the tide of populist autocracy?

With respect to this concept, OGP has shown that despite the trends of populism, it continuously encourages a number of countries around the world to commit to their work to create open, transparent, reliable and efficient government institutions that interact with civil society as an accumulator of creativity, energy and knowledge.

Read more about Gordana's work with OGP

OGP in the News: January 2017

By Jacqueline McGraw, Communications Intern, OGP

Government transitions dominated the headlines, but so did open government in Taiwan, an argument about whether “open by default” is enough for democracy, and continued impact from #OGP16. Read more of January’s headlines here.

Employment Opportunities
Americas Government Support Officer 
OGP is seeking a Government Support Officer for the Americas. The Government Support Officer will support OGP countries in the Americas to develop and implement high quality, relevant and ambitious OGP action plans. She or he will be expected to identify and encourage learning between OGP countries and document peer exchange activities. Minimum 5 years experience working in or with governments in the Americas. Fluent English and Spanish required.

Grants Associate
OGP is seeking a Grants Associate to work in the DC office. The Grants Associate is primarily responsible for putting together and submitting grant reports in a timely manner. S/he will review the conditions of the grant agreement/contract, write the narrative report with help from program staff, liaise with and collect the necessary financial report(s) and submit to funders. 3-5 years experience required.

Research Associate, IRM
The IRM is seeking a highly organized individual with strong English writing skills to collaborate with the IRM team and carry out research, quality control, review and publication of IRM reports from OGP participating subnational governments. Minimum three years experience required.

Data Entry Specialist, IRM
The IRM is seeking a Data Entry Specialist. The Data Entry Specialist will be responsible for assisting the IRM Program team in carrying out data entry, data validation, and quality control for ±50 progress and end-of-term reports on OGP participating countries. The Data Entry Specialist is directly supervised by the IRM Program Manager.

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   

There are two civil society positions open on the Steering Committee. Details on the call for nominations here.

OGP is also seeking two government seats for the Steering Committee. Details here.

The OGP Toolbox is out! Check out all the #opengov tools here and watch the Facebook Live from Etalab here.

The final edition of the Mid-Term Review is available here.

Join the #OpenGovGram challenge! Submit your photos to be featured on the new OGP website. Details here.

The World of #OpenGov
NRGI is holding an event in Kyiv, Ukraine on open government in Eurasia on February 16-17.
Madrid has launched its participatory budgeting program.
Pak Suyoto, regent of Bojonegoro, Indonesia and a Subnational Pilot Program leader, has been named one of USAID’s Heroes of Governance.
Transparency International has published a study on open contracting in healthcare procurement.
Eurasia Foundation is hiring a program officer for civic engagement and governance.
Developing a Model for Open Government in the EU has been published by the Democratic Society.
Take a Corruptour around sites known for corruption in Mexico City.
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