News 9th April 2018

Nominations are now open for the NI Open Government Network Steering Committee

by Connor McLean

It’s time for us to call on you – our network of open government enthusiasts – to help steer the development and delivery of the NI Open Government Network.

There are five places to be filled; and all you need to do is nominate yourself by Monday 30th April 2018. Whether you consider yourself an expert, or simply care about transparent, accountable and participatory government, put yourself forward for the Steering Committee by completing this nomination form.

The NI Open Government Network (NIOGN) is an alliance of individual citizens and representatives of community and voluntary sector organisations aiming to contribute to delivering a more open, transparent and accountable government that will empower citizens to shape decisions that impact on their lives. The NIOGN is aligned to the UK Open Government Civil Society Network and the Open Government Partnership.

We believe that government works better for citizens when it’s transparent, engaging and accountable.

  • Transparency involves opening government data and information in areas such as public spending, government contracts, lobbying activity, the development and impact of policy, and public service performance.
  • Accountability comes through rules, laws and mechanisms that ensure government listens, learns, responds and changes when it needs to.
  • Participation is about the involvement of citizens and other stakeholders in policy-making and decision making processes

Open government reforms can transform the way government and public services work, ensuring that they are properly responsive to citizens, and helping deliver better outcomes for society. Good health and wellbeing, quality education, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities – open government is critical to achieving all of these outcomes and more.

The NI Open Government Network Steering Committee meets every six weeks; and the responsibilities of Committee members include:

  • Engaging with Ministers and Civil Servants responsible for the implementation of Northern Ireland specific commitments in the OG National Action Plan
  • Speaking on behalf of the OGN
  • Informing strategic decision-making
  • Working closely with the Network Coordinator to help achieve our mission

If you have any questions about the role of Open Government Network Steering Committee members, you can also contact the NI Open Government Network Coordinator by email: david@nienvironmentlink.org or by telephone: 028 9045 5770

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