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How about an open local government partnership?

1st October 2015

The UK government was a founding member of the Open Government Partnership back in 2011, and since then has worked with a growing Open Government Network of civil society activists towards becoming more transparent, accountable and participatory. When the government first joined the international initiative, only a few actors from civil society were involved in…


Open Government Manifesto Launched!

1st October 2015

Today we are pleased to launch the Open Government Manifesto. Based on a ten month project to source the best open government ideas from citizens and civil society across the UK, the manifesto puts forward key proposals for commitments for the UK’s new OGP National Action Plan. Through a series of workshops around the country…



UK National Action Plan 2016 consultation launched

26th September 2015

The UK Government has formally launched the consultation for the UK’s 2016-2018 OGP National Action Plan. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was established in 2011. It provides an international platform for reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Each country in the OGP must develop a biennial national action plan to advance transparency,…


UK’s 2013-15 Progress Report Published

24th September 2015

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) has released the UK’s second progress report covering the formation and first year of implementation of the second UK action plan. Ben Worthy, an academic based at Birkbeck College, University of London carried out the research: “The UK government wrote an ambitious action plan that involved civil society organisations closely in the process. The…


140 press and campaign bodies urge PM not to weaken FOI Act | Campaign for Freedom of Information

22nd September 2015

140 media bodies, campaign groups and others [1], including members of the Open Government Network, have written to the Prime Minister expressing ‘serious concern’ at the government’s approach to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. The organisations are particularly concerned at the Commission on Freedom of Information, announced on July 17th this year. They say its terms…


Lessons from the UK Independent Reporting Mechanism report

8th September 2015

One of the central elements of the Open Government Partnership is the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM), which provides an annual independent assessment of each country’s progress on the OGP. In this post, the UK’s IRM Researcher, Ben Worthy, summarises some of the key findings from the UK’s new IRM report. How Did it Work? Across the CSOs I spoke…


Improving Government-Civil Society Interactions Within OGP | Open Government Partnership

2nd September 2015

The findings of research commissioned by Hivos and undertaken by three academics – Mary Francoli, Alina Ostling, and Fabro Steibel – on improving government-civil society interactions within OGP has just been published. Civic engagement is at the heart of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). In signing the Open Government Declaration, OGP members commit to engaging…


OGN members concerned with FOI Commission remit

14th August 2015

Members of the UK Open Government Network have written to Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, to express concern at recent developments that threaten the Freedom of Information Act, including the terms of reference of the Government’s Freedom of Information Commission. The Open Government Network calls on the Government to ‘publish its reasons for limiting the…


The OGP Journey to Go Subnational | Open Government Partnership

13th August 2015

How subnational governments and civil society can be involved in the Open Government Partnership is an important question that we’re grappling with in the UK. It’s a particularly pressing issue in a country such as the UK, where significant powers are devolved to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and increasingly to cities and regions. Nathaniel…