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
Papua New Guinea
Odd Year Cohort
Bosnia and Herzegovina**
Trinidad and Tobago**
* 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 Steering Committee Rotation Government 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
Check out the updated database (available in various formats) here!
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.
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.
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.
Skeptic’s Guide to Open Government
The Skeptic’s Guide to Open Government is available in English, French 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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