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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,…



How much does the UK government give in grants?

19th September 2019

Originally published on 9 September 2019 on the 360Giving website, written by David Kane. Grants from government are a crucial part of the voluntary sector’s funding mix – but surprisingly, it’s very difficult to find out how much these grants are worth or where they go. NCVO’s latest UK Civil Society Almanac has a figure…


The Action Plan has been published – what’s next?

20th June 2019

From 28-30 May, Canadian civil society and the Canadian Government hosted the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa. This year’s Summit had a particular focus on participation, inclusion and impact. Over 2,000 delegates, over 100 sessions, and 130 countries (including all the UK nations) came together to learn and share their knowledge, experiences and…



Welsh Open Government Action Plan 2019-21

25th May 2019

The Welsh Government have just published their Open Government Action Plan Commitments for 2019-21. The commitments include measures around: Engagement Access to information Grants data Legislation Financial engagement Read the full plan here: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2019-05/welsh-government-commitments-2019-2021.pdf  


UK IRM Researcher Reflects on the UK End-of-Term Report for 2016-18 NAP

14th May 2019

The End of Term report for the UK’s last Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) has been published. The report summarizes the results of the 3rd NAP, covering October 2017 to May 2018, and includes some relevant developments up to October 2018. So here’s a few things the NAP tells us about where we are…



Open Government- Beyond the Usual Suspects

21st February 2019

As part of the Open Government Pioneers Project, ERS Cymru have been commissioned to look into the barriers stopping a wider range of people engaging in Open Government. The small project, ‘Beyond the Usual Suspects’, saw us run two focus groups with a range of people considered less likely to engage, including one in a…


[Press Release] Brexit delays: Government challenged by civil society groups after ministers miss deadline to outline transparency commitments

12th February 2019

Press release under embargo until 00:01 Tuesday 12th February 2019 The letter is available here (pdf). Andreas Pavlou is available for comment on 07943669435 or 020 3745 4334   Leading civil society organisations working in open government (1) have written to the UK government outlining their ‘deep concern’, after ministers missed the deadline for publishing…