July 2018: #OGPGeorgia
The 2018 OGP Global Summit is underway in Tbilisi, Georgia. Citizens are engaging and governments are listening. Get the full scoop in this month’s Newsletter.

In this issue:

It’s time to upgrade democracy: Obama Fellow Sandor Lederer of Hungary
Making #OGPGeorgia feminist: Open Heroines tells us how
CitizENGAGE: A new movement for citizen participation
How open government can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, from UNDP
Demand-led governance in Indonesia, from World Vision International
Civil society must rise to action, says Paul Maassen
Turning open contracting into political change
Citizens as “eyes and ears” - in Kaduna, Nigeria
Open government and climate action

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

From Every Four Years to Every Day:
Time to Upgrade Democracy

By Sandor Lederer, Obama Fellow

“Good governments are needed more than ever.” With historically low levels of trust in government and institutions more fragile than ever, it is time to embrace technology to integrate democracy into everyday life - rather than every four years. Read Sandor’s full piece here.

Keep up to date with the OGP Global Summit at!

Five Ways to Make Participation at the
2018 Global Summit Feminist

By Open Heroines

Over two thousand people are registered to attend the 2018 Global Summit. How can they participate in an inclusive way? Open Heroines explains how to be feminist at a conference - by ensuring diversity, speaking up, asking questions, and more. Learn more here.

Administrators work with parents at a school in Khovd, Mongolia. 
Photo: Namuh Media

Introducing CitizENGAGE - How Citizens Get Things Done

By the OGP Support Unit

It’s time to take open government out of the abstract. That’s why OGP is launching the CitizENGAGE portal, to feature stories of real change happening on the ground, using open government reforms. Read about the first round of stories here.

Open Government Is the Key to Leaving No One Behind

By Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, United Nations Assistant Secretary General

Sustainable Development Goal 16 is all about peaceful and inclusive societies and effective institutions. The United Nations Development Programme is working with OGP governments around the world to implement commitments to make government more inclusive and accountable. Find out more here.

Bridging the Divide:
Grassroots Governance for National Change

By Besinati Mpepo, World Vision International

Demand-driven governance - governance driven by what the people need, want, and ask for - is changing the face of maternity care in Indonesia. Find out what it can do for you here.

Quote of the Month 
Pablo Soto Bravo
City Councillor, Autonomous City of Madrid

“Some people argue that if you let the people decide, they are going to decide to lower all taxes, increase aid, and they’re going to vote for vacation every day. In truth, it’s the opposite. All of the studies show that it creates societies that take better care of minorities, societies with much less public debt, with less violence; societies that take better care of the environment.”
Watch Pablo’s full story for CitizENGAGE.

Putting People First: A Call to Action for Civil Society

By Paul Maassen, Chief, Country Support, Open Government Partnership

Democratically elected demagogues are undermining the concept that leaders in a democracy govern for all - not just their friends and voter base. Civil society has to step up to the challenge, and ensure that they are playing by the same rules they want their leaders to follow. Read the full blog here.

Breaking Up Vested Interests: Three Steps to Turn Open Contracting Data into Political Change

By Lindsey Marchessault, Open Contracting Partnership

Public contracting data can create political change in some surprising and system-breaking ways. Read all about how from the Open Contracting Partnership here.

How Citizens Have Become “Eyes and Ears”
in Nigeria’s Kaduna State

By Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, Kaduna State Government

In Kaduna State, Nigeria, the government took a hard look at its infrastructure projects - and realized that several of them only existed on paper. To combat the corruption that led to this, they deputized civil servants - and when that didn’t work, they went right to the citizens. Learn how this innovative program works here.

Public Participation in Open Government Reforms
Advances Climate Action

By Mark Robinson, Jesse Worker, and Delfina Grinspan, World Resources Institute

Open government reforms have been used to improve public services, combat corruption, and increase fiscal transparency. One new arena for open government is climate action, and how open government reforms can be used to advance the agenda. Read more here.

Employment Opportunities

Accounting Associate
The OGP Secretariat seeks an Accounting Assistant to join the Operations Team. Working under the supervision of the Director of Finance, the Accounting Assistant will join a cohesive team in supporting various programs and functions.

Call for IRM Local Researchers
The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking individuals to carry out research at the local level in a variety of local governments to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans.

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.


We’ve released the Skeptic’s Guide to Open Government - read it here!

We have released the working draft of the Opening Justice guide.

The pre-decisional packet and agenda for the OGP Steering Committee meeting in Tbilisi is available here. The minutes of the meeting will be circulated following the summit.

The second window of the OGP Trust Fund has launched. Find the details here.

Deputy CEO Joe Powell wrote an op-ed, “Opening Government in a Time of Illiberal Democracy,” for the OGP blog. Read it here.



The Natural Resources Governance Institute and the Open Contracting Partnership have published a report on best practices for extractives transparency.

Sri Lanka’s Independent Reporting Mechanism researcher released a blog on that country’s progress report.

World Vision International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with OGP.

World Resources Institute has announced a new Water Community of Practice.


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