Last week, the Steering Committee adopted the proposed OGP Policy on Upholding the Values and Principles of OGP, a draft of which was made available before the meeting. This new policy basically operationalizes some of the elements that currently exist within OGP, especially around civic space and how civil society can play their part in OGP and open government reform more broadly. The policy spells out in detail how civic actors can raise their concerns and what processes will follow, while acknowledging that this is unchartered territory that will need to be refined along the way.
The aim of the policy is twofold. First, to try and assist the country in question to overcome difficulties and to help re-establish an environment for government and civil society collaboration. Second, to help maintain OGP’s credibility and safeguard its long-term future. Read full post on the OGP Civil Society Hub.