April 2019

The OGP Gazette is a monthly update of technical information provided by the OGP Support Unit and IRM. It is intended to help OGP stakeholders stay up to date on official decisions and the technical aspects of Action Plans and reporting.

OGP Cohorts for 2019 

OGP countries and OGP Local participants are organized in two cohorts according to the year - even or odd - in which they present their two-year Action Plan (AP). Even year cohort participants submitted action plans in 2018 and will continue to implement this year. Odd year cohort participants are due to deliver an action plan this year with a deadline of August 31.

Even Year Cohort
  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia
  4. Basque Country
  5. Brazil
  6. Buenos Aires
  7. Cabo Verde
  8. Canada
  9. Chile
  10. Côte d’Ivoire
  11. Croatia
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Dominican Republic
  14. El Salvador
  15. Elgeyo-Marakwet County
  16. Estonia
  17. France
  18. Georgia
  19. Guatemala
  20. Honduras
  21. Jordan
  22. Indonesia
  23. Kaduna State
  24. Kenya
  25. Kyrgyzstan
  26. La Libertad
  27. Lithuania
  28. Madrid
  29. Malta
  30. Moldova
  31. Montenegro
  32. Morocco
  33. Netherlands
  34. New Zealand
  35. North Macedonia
  36. Papua New Guinea
  37. Paraguay
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. São Paulo
  41. Scotland
  42. Sekondi-Takoradi
  43. Seoul
  44. Serbia
  45. South Cotabato
  46. South Korea
  47. Tbilisi
  48. Tunisia
  49. Ukraine
  50. Uruguay
Odd Year Cohort
  1. Afghanistan
  2. Argentina
  3. Austin
  4. Azerbaijan Republic***
  5. Bojonegoro Regency
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina**
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Burkina Faso
  9. Colombia
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Denmark
  12. Ecuador
  13. Finland
  14. Germany
  15. Ghana
  16. Greece
  17. Iași
  18. Ireland
  19. Israel
  20. Italy
  21. Jalisco
  22. Jamaica
  23. Kigoma
  24. Latvia
  25. Liberia
  26. Luxembourg*
  27. Malawi
  28. Mexico
  29. Mongolia*
  30. Nariño
  31. Nigeria
  32. Norway*
  33. Ontario
  34. Pakistan
  35. Panama
  36. Paris
  37. Peru
  38. Philippines
  39. Senegal
  40. Seychelles
  41. Sierra Leone
  42. Slovak Republic
  43. South Africa
  44. Spain
  45. Sri Lanka*
  46. Sweden*
  47. Trinidad and Tobago**
  48. United Kingdom*
  49. United States

* Close to being finalized, limited opportunities for involvement.

** Currently in inactive status

*** Currently suspended


The Public Access Commitments Database reflects data on action plans, year 1, and year 2 IRM reports. While these action plans have been tagged for OGP Thematic Tags, their inclusion will not change IRM assessed variables (i.e. specificity, OGP value relevance, potential impact, completion, starred commitments). The database now covers action plans through the 2018-2020 cycle.

The OGP Explorer provides easy access to OGP data related to action plan commitments and IRM reports, including data on the process that OGP members undertook in developing their APs. Unlike the Public Access Commitments Database, which contains raw IRM data that can exported in a CSV file, the OGP Explorer is designed to provide simple, user-friendly access to the wealth of data that OGP has collected. The OGP Explorer now covers action plans through the 2018-2020 cycle.

2019-2021 Action Plans In:

IRM Report Upcoming for Public Comment Period:

  • Brazil (2016-2018 Year 2 Report)
  • Denmark (2017-2019 Design Report)
  • Mexico (2016-2018 Year 2 Report)
  • Sri Lanka (2016-2018 Year 2 Report)
  • Ukraine (2016-2018 Year 2 Report)
IRM Report Available for Public Comment:

IRM Report Public Comments Closed: 

Steering Committee Announcements

2019 Steering Committee Rotation
The five short-listed candidates for the three seats opening up on the OGP Steering Committee in October are Armenia, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia and Kenya. The voting period will close May 3rd. Learn more about the Government election process here.

Civil Society
We are thrilled to announce that the new members of the Civil Society Steering Committee for the 2019-2022 term are Maria Baron (Directorio Legislativo), Helen Darbishire (Access Info Europe), Aidan Eyakuze (Twaweza), Elisa Peter (Publish What You Pay), and Zuzana Wienk (White Crow), plus additional members Asma Cherifi (Coordination of Francophone African Open Data Community) and Glynnis Cummings-John (Restless Development). The list of all candidates, timeline and details on the Civil Society elections process  can be found here.

Articles of Governance Review Update

In 2018, the Support Unit, under direction of the Criteria and Standards Subcommittee undertook a review of the OGP Articles of Governance (AoG). The aim of this review was to strengthen the language of the Articles, align to current practices, and reflect all decisions made by the Steering Committee since the Articles were last reviewed in April 2015.

The public comment period for the revised version of the AoG closed on April 11, 2019. Learn more about the review process here.

State of Open Government Report

An updated version of the OGP Flagship database is now available (including a list of the changes made). As previously announced, the database combines all existing OGP databases with external data produced by organizations working on open government. It includes:

  • Summary statistics at the national level
  • OGP performance in key areas of open government
  • OGP process (advanced user version only)
  • OGP commitments (advanced user version only)

The database includes scores for all OGP members on performance in key policy areas. These scores are calculated using both IRM report and partner organization data. The key priority policy areas featured in the database include:

  • Anti-Corruption: Open Contracting and Beneficial Ownership
  • Civic Space: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association and Defending Journalists and Activists / Freedom of Expression
  • Public Services: Water and Sanitation,  Health and Education
  • Fiscal Openness
  • Open Policy-making

Check out the updated database (available in various formats) here!

OGP Events & Announcements 

OGP Global Summit
The draft agenda for the OGP Global Summit 2019 in Ottawa, Canada is now available in English, Spanish, and French.

Job Announcements & Opportunities

Senior Research Officer, Independent Reporting Mechanism
The OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is seeking a highly organized individual with strong writing, project management and research skills to collaborate with the IRM team and carry out research, quality control, publication and dissemination of IRM reports from OGP participating governments. Learn more here.

Program Associate, Independent Reporting Mechanism
The OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is seeking a Program Associate to work with the IRM Program Director and provide administrative, logistic, recruitment and programmatic strategic support to the IRM. Learn more here.

Finance and Accounting Officer
OGP is looking for a Finance and Accounting Officer to support the Director of Finance in carrying out certain responsibilities of the Operations Department that will allow department management timely access to financial statements to perform analysis of actual vs budget variances and forecasting. Learn more here.

Grants Officer
OGP is looking for a Grant Officer to act as the point person for OGP’s revenue generation processes, including grant proposals and the voluntary country contribution process. Priority consideration given to qualified candidates with the ability to start as soon as possible and by May 15, 2019. Learn more here.

Digital Rights and Governance Short-Term Consultant
OGP is seeking a short-term consultant to map opportunities and policy entry points on digital rights and governance globally, focusing on where open government approaches could play a role. Learn more here.

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 levels in a variety of countries to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans.

  • Burkina Faso
  • Cabo Verde
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia

Recent Publications

Skeptic’s Guide to Open Government
The Skeptic’s Guide to Open Government is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish. The guide summarizes the impact of open government in five areas: public service delivery, business opportunities, government efficiency and cost saving, prevention of corruption, and trust in government.

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