October 2020
OGP is thrilled to welcome 56 new local jurisdictions composed of 64 local governments and civil society organizations to join OGP Local. This expansion, the largest in OGP history, comes at a critical moment as provinces, cities and local communities are at the forefront of efforts to respond to COVID-19 while also facing strained budgets and climate insecurity. Learn more here
Faces of Open Gov

Maria Baron, Global Executive Director of Directorio Legislativo and Civil Society Co-Chair of the OGP Steering Committee

On October 1, 2020, María Baron and the Government of the Republic of Korea started their year as Co-Chairs of the OGP Steering Committee, providing guidance and support to the Partnership as it tackles the challenges ahead in these uncertain times. In this interview, María Baron tells us what the priorities for the new Co-Chairs are, her vision for OGP in the next 10 years, and her proudest moment as a member of the Steering Committee. Read more here.

Steering Committee Spotlight

- On October 1st, Robin Hodess and the Government of Argentina completed their co-chair year, leading the Partnership during an unprecedented and challenging time. Review their reflections of the year here.

- The new Lead Co-Chairs María Baron and the Government of South Korea share their priorities for 2020-2021 which include strengthening civic space, public participation and anti-corruption work and promoting a more open and inclusive use of digital technologies here.

On September 24, 2020, open government champions met for the OGP Virtual Leaders Summit to discuss the ways open government can tackle the confluence of crises the world is facing this year. Watch remarks by Heads of State and Government including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as civil society leaders, multilateral organizations and others here.

Open Gov Digital Youth Summit

Join us October 27 and 28 for the Open Gov Digital Youth Summit! Hosted by Accountability Lab, Restless Development and the Open Government Partnership, the two-day virtual summit will provide an opportunity to connect and engage with young people around the world. Register here.

FinCENFiles: Why Taking Action Now is Essential to Protect Democracy

By Tonu Basu, OGP

In the wake of the FinCENFiles, Tonu Basu shares concrete steps toward combating endemic corruption, from promoting corporate accountability to implementing reforms to end anonymous companies, and ensuring an open response and open recovery for all. Read more here.

OGP and our partners are hosting a range of events on justice throughout the month of October.

Find information about the upcoming events here.

Want to Help Solve Elections and Facebook? Switch the Default to Transparent Advertising Online

By Ruth-Marie Henckes, European Partnership for Democracy

In her latest blog post, Ruth-Marie Henckes argues that while social media can be a great platform for voter mobilization and civic education campaigns, online political campaigning also entails risks to electoral integrity. Read more here

Citizen Participation in Auditing: The Key to Open Response and Recovery

By Aránzazu Guillán Montero and Marcos Mendiburu

Audit institutions are essential to identifying and mitigating the risks associated with the movement of extraordinary funds allocated to the economic and social measures rolled out to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn why OGP members should consider adding commitments on supreme audit institutions here.

Join the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) for IRM Week: A Year in Review from November 2-6. The IRM will host a series of events and report launches to highlight key findings and recommendations and publish a series of thematic and sub-regional blogs. Learn more here.

The World of #OpenGov

- OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan shares how open government approaches can meet the challenges of COVID-19 in Involve’s "A Democratic Response to Covid" blog series here.

- The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in Times of Crisis is now open! Cash awards ($20,000 USD to each winner) will go to six projects that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling. Learn more about the competition here and upcoming webinar here.

- In Seoul, South Korea, a mother is working with government officials and civil society organizations through OGP to make public transportation more accessible for people with disabilities like her daughter. Read more about this inspiring story here

- In this blog, our partners at Open Ownership suggest seven areas where beneficial ownership transparency can play a transformative role and why having access to information about the real owners of companies - big and small - is important to transform our societies and economies for the better. 

- Register for the Open Parliament e-Network webinar on Friday, October 30, and learn about the opportunities for different branches of government to coordinate and advance thematic commitments and develop stronger oversight mechanisms of OGP commitments at the national level. Read more here.

- During the Global Legislative Openness Week on October 26-30, parliaments & CSOs are invited to engage their community, kickstart new projects designed to open legislatures, and share ideas & experiences. Register here.

- In their Building Back With: A Handbook for Local Government publication, Involve and the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster explore the role of public participation and deliberation in COVID-19 response and recovery.

- Check out the latest youth-led report, Resilient Realities, which explores how young people aged 18 to 30 are organizing during the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

- In this blog, Accountability Lab, Armavir Development Centre, Integrity Action, and Restless Development share some thoughts and recommendations on scaling inclusive social accountability. 

- The UN World Data Forum is this week. Learn more about the events hosted by OGP partners like Integrity Action and GIFT here.

- The Open Gov Hub is hosting a series of dialogue-based events that will uncover examples of the recent election crises that have happened in countries around the world. Get ready to delve into these topics, every Thursday in October. Learn more here. 

- Join ADB and OGP’s #DigitalAgainstCOVID19 Innovation Challenge and share solutions for ensuring COVID-19-related spending, stimulus, and safety net measures benefit those most in need. The winning solution will receive funding for pilot testing of up to US$10,000. The deadline to submit pitches is November 3.

- The next round of the Open Budget Survey is getting started: civil society researchers from 120 countries – including for the first time Armenia, Ethiopia and Togo – will be assessing government on budget transparency, public engagement and oversight practices that are in place through 31 December 2020. Stay tuned for a special COVID report in the spring of 2021.

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