Last year, Scotland was accepted to be part of the Pioneer Tier of the Open Government Partnership, a pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017. This handed Scotland a unique opportunity to show itself as an exemplar for what can be done and what all countries should aspire to when delivering democracy.
Until now all of the action by the OGP has been on governments eligible for full United Nations membership. But as we know in Scotland, there’s lots going on past the level of the nation state. More and more devolved regions, cities and even nations within nations, are taking on the functions of governments that would have otherwise been run from the centre.
The OGP Subnational Pilot Program consists of 15 subnational governments who submitted Action Plans and signed onto the Subnational Declaration at the Paris Global OGP Summit, and will be implementing them throughout 2017.
The Scottish OGP National Action Plan contains five commitments to be delivered in 2017:
The Scottish Government has now published a six month update on progress with the five commitments in the Scottish action plan. The update can be accessed here.
If you would like to know more about any of the commitments, or the action plan more widely, please join Scotland’s Open Government Forum or contact the Scottish Government’s Ingage Team or the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Information about the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) reporting will be published here. Check back again soon.
With a membership that’s nearly doubled in five months, and one that boasts an impressive cross-section of civil society, Scotland’s Open Government Network has brought more than 200 people together to help make government more open. This puts us in a much stronger position since we were handed the status of Pioneer to collaborate and advance open government in Scotland in the coming months and years.
You can stay up to date with the latest events in Scotland.
You can also join Scotland’s Open Government Network and take part in forum discussions.
Or follow latest developments on Twitter @opengovscot.