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Register for Open Local Government Workshops

4th June 2021

Open Local Government is a new project from NIOGN, which will see us run a series of workshops across NI. The purpose of the project is to boost the health and effectiveness of local democracy by breaking down barriers to transparency, accountability and participation. Is there something in your local community that would benefit from…


Funding announcement: Open Government – Creating Local Action Hubs

4th May 2021

Written by Lucy Keown, NI Open Government Network Co-ordinator We are pleased to announce that the Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) has received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Great Ideas Fund, which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. Our project, ‘Open Government – Creating Local Action Hubs’, will…


Civil society urged to join groups on government transparency.

29th April 2021

“THIS IS AN OPEN GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY” Civil society urged to join groups on government transparency. For immediate release – 29th April 2021 Representatives from civil society are being urged to sign up for a series of workshops beginning on Wednesday May 5th to make the government more accountable, transparent and participatory. The nine workshops, organised…


Minister Responds to Civil Society Concerns

15th March 2021

The Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, Julia Lopez MP, has responded to civil society organisations who expressed their concern in a joint-letter following the news the UK had been placed ‘under review’ by the Open Government Partnership. In the reply letter, Minister Lopez says she ‘understands’ the concerns of the Open Government Network but…


UK GOVERNMENT ‘UNDER REVIEW’ SAYS OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP

3rd March 2021

78 country Open Government Partnership places UK government ‘under review.’ UK government twice fails to properly deliver transparency plans. Organisations co-sign letter expressing ‘concern.’   The Open Government Partnership [OGP] of 78 countries representing some 2 billion people has placed the UK government ‘under review’ for failing to properly deliver a plan for transparent, participatory,…


Open Gov Meetup | Tuesday 16th @ 12 noon

10th February 2021

It’s an important year for open government. In part because of the development of a new action plan which we must shape with government. But also because the world will be watching the UK as the G7 and COP26 take place on these shores in June and November respectively. To paraphrase a recent speech, what…


Job Opportunity: NI Open Government Network Co-ordinator

17th December 2020

A highly motivated, committed and competent individual is required to support Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN). The main purpose of this role is: Coordinate and lead the delivery of the NIOGN Open Local Government project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Provide support to the wider work of NIOGN, including communications, event organisation…


UK Open Government Network response to Inquiry into Data Transparency and Accountability: Covid 19

9th November 2020

The UK Open Government Network Steering Committee has submitted a response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry into Data Transparency and Accountability in the Covid-19 pandemic. The response calls for the Open Government principles of accountability, transparency and participation to be fundamental to the UK Government’s approach to tackling the pandemic and…


Northern Ireland Joins Global Partnership to Promote Open Government

20th October 2020

The government of Northern Ireland has been selected to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government. As a new member of OGP, Northern Ireland will work with local civil society organizations and other OGP members to advance the…


NIOGN Statement on the “New Decade, New Approach” deal to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly

10th January 2020

The Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) cautiously welcomes the proposed document ‘New Decade, New Approach’ from the British and Irish Governments. The aspirations set out in ‘New Decade, New Approach’ could change many lives, the document outlines some major proposals and could have a positive impact on the culture of politics in Northern Ireland,…