NI Open Gov

The Northern Ireland Open Government Network is a loose alliance of individual citizens and representatives of voluntary/community organisations aiming to engage in dialogue with the NI Executive to campaign for a more open form of government. We want government to be more transparent, participatory and accountable to the people it serves.

We aim to use the international Open Government Partnership as a vehicle to achieve this objective and are making links with similar civil society networks in the UK and Ireland.



Building Change Trust: Open Government Network NI External Evaluation Report, Peter Osborne and Derek Browne – April 2017

17th July 2017
The Northern Ireland Open Government Network (the OGN) has been one of the key initiatives of the Building Change Trust Creative Space for Civic Thinking programme. The Network links to wider open government initiatives through the UK and Ireland Open Government Action Plans. The OGN was established in November 2014 to provide a regional focus…
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NI Open Government Network Blog – Who speaks for us?

7th July 2017
Written by Colm Burns, NI Open Government Network Chair When it comes to Brexit, who’s speaking for us? The short answer is “no one”, because our political parties have chosen to abdicate this responsibility. The DUP and Sinn Féin are clear on one thing: they have diametrically opposing positions when it comes to Brexit. Alliance,…
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NI Open Government Network e-Bulletin – June 2017

28th June 2017
The June 2017 issue of the NIOGN e-Bulletin can be viewed here.
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Webinar – The Sustainable Development Goals in the UK: priorities, processes, participation

21st June 2017
Graham Long from Newcastle University discusses the UK implementation process for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of citizen participation. See Graham’s co-authored report on the 2030 Agenda here. This webinar is the second in a series from the UK-wide Open Government Pioneers Project. For those who missed it, our first webinar is…
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The Entrepreneurial Scientist and the Sustainable Development Goals

19th June 2017
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Webinar – Education toward Social Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 through Inter-Sectoral Co-operation

19th June 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are central to the United Nations’ 2030 agenda for sustainable Development. The 17 SDGs and 169 related targets take as their starting point that “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.” A key aspect…
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Grassroots Democracy Games & the UN Sustainable Development Goals – NI Special Schools having some serious fun!

2nd June 2017
Pupils from three schools participated in a Democracy Games event at Parliament Buildings.  The session, organised by the Northern Ireland Open Government Network and the Grassroots Challenge, was based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  As well as having some serious fun, the event aimed to enhance political literacy by introducing pupils to party politics…
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Webinar – The Sustainable Development Goals in the UK: priorities, processes, participation

1st June 2017
This webinar is the second in a series from the UK-wide Open Government Pioneers Project. For those who missed it, our first webinar is available here. Graham Long will discuss the UK implementation process for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of citizen participation. See Graham’s co-authored report on the 2030 Agenda here.…
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NI Open Government Network Blog – Brexit: What’s our role?

30th May 2017
Written by Colm Burns, NI Open Government Network Chair Scotland and Wales have clearly set out their position on how they see their roles during the period before and after the U.K. leaves the EU. On the day the Great Repeal white paper[1] was published, both the Scottish government[2] and the Welsh Government[3] released strongly…
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NI Open Government Network – Letter to NI party leaders on commitment to open government at the General Election – May 2017

25th May 2017
Ahead of the General Election on 8th June 2017, the Chairperson of the NI Open Government Network, Colm Burns wrote to the main political parties asking them to commit to open government principles of transparency, participation and accountability.  
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