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.



Democracy Day – Democracy on Trial

17th February 2017
Hosted by the Northern Ireland Open Government Network, this fun event will explore the state of democracy post Trump and Brexit. It will take the form of a show trial that puts Democracy in the dock to consider whether it’s guilty of failing people in the UK, the US and across the world. As part…
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ElectionsNI: Assembly Elections #AE17 – We’re back!

15th February 2017
(via ODI Belfast) Well, it doesn’t seem all that long since we were frantically crowdsourcing live elections data for our ElectionsNI project. In fact, it’s only been ten months, but we’re back to another round of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. This time round it’ll be every bit as interesting, perhaps more so as people…
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Sinn Féin response to NIOGN letter on donor transparency – February 2017

13th February 2017
In response to our letter about transparency on political party donations, we received the following response from Michelle O’Neill on behalf of Sinn Féin: “Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring the highest levels of transparency in the funding of political parties whether that is in the form of donations or loans. Our commitment is to…
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Green Party response to NIOGN letter on donor transparency – January 2017

27th January 2017
In response to our letter about transparency on political party donations Steven Agnew, leader of the Green Party said: “Openness and transparency are key principles of the Green Party. We have raised this issue numerous times in the past and pledge to continue to do so. Our party is the only party in Northern Ireland who published…
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Alliance Party response to NIOGN letter on donor transparency – January 2017

27th January 2017
In response to our letter on donor transparency, the leader of the Alliance Party Naomi Long sent us the following letter addressed to the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire: “FAO:  Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Dear James, Thank you for your recent letter seeking the views of the Alliance Party in respect of the…
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TUV response to NIOGN letter on donor transparency – January 2017

27th January 2017
Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice has responded to our letter on donor transparency, referring to recent correspondence sent to the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire:   “I wrote to the Secretary of State on 5th January restating the long standing position of my party that there should be full transparency around donations. TUV…
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Ulster Unionist Party response to NIOGN letter on donor transparency – January 2017

27th January 2017
In response to our letter on donor transparency, Mike Nesbitt of the Ulster Unionist Party has sent us a copy of his letter to the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire. He believes the time is now right to introduce transparency:  
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NI Open Government Network – Letter to NI party leaders on donor transparency – January 2017

24th January 2017
The NI Open Government has written an open letter to the leaders of the NI Political Parties asking for their commitment to transparency on political party donations. The letter is reproduced below; and the responses we receive will also be published below.  
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Can Open Government Help Heal Divided Societies? – A Blog from the OGP Summit

21st December 2016
More than 3,000 people gathered in Paris from 7-9th December for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit 2016 hosted by the Government of France. Over the 3 days there were dozens of workshops, pitches and panel discussions on themes ranging from transparency, accountability and anti-corruption to climate and sustainable development, the digital commons and…
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Reflections on the OGP Summit

21st December 2016
It’s dry and sunny in Paris, but at the OGP Civil Society Morning there’s a somber mood. The Results of Early OGP Initiatives report launched at the Summit, captured OGP success stories and showed that the participation of civil society can have a significant impact. But the usual optimism of open government reformers has been…
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