Points of View

NI Open Government Network Blog – New Year, New Chance?

14th January 2019

Written by Colm Burns On the 9th January 2017 the Executive and Assembly collapsed. Whilst there are many reasons for the collapse, it doesn’t look like our political representatives will be back any time soon. Before the collapse we had more than a year of deadlock and failed attempts to resolve differences over issues such…


Discussions on developing participation in local government

1st December 2018

Many open government innovations and reforms across the world happen at the local level – a level that is much closer to the citizen and is critical in delivering public services. Recognising this, the OGP Local Program aims at harnessing the innovation and momentum demonstrated by local governments and civil society partners across the world.…


An action plan for a more open UK government

19th September 2018

The full version of this blogpost was originally published on: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2018/09/18/an-action-plan-for-a-more-open-uk-government/ Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. By increasing transparency, enhancing citizen participation or adopting strong accountability mechanisms, reform in favour of open government has led to change…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Untapped Potential

12th September 2018

Written by Colm Burns Having ‘no new ideas’ was the damning verdict from the political parties at Stormont after the latest round of talks with the Secretary of State. Following the meetings, Karen Bradley said she was “determined to deliver” devolved government. “Last week I set out the Government’s clear plan to bring that about…


Making Summits Meaningful: An update following the OGP Summit in Tbilisi

29th August 2018

This article was writted by Transparency International UK At Transparency International UK, we focus on impact; leaders shouldn’t be flown around the world for photo ops or to announce initiatives and reforms they have no intention of enacting. This is why I took to stage at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in July to…


A View from Tbilisi: Youth Participation and Engagement in Open Government

23rd August 2018

This blogpost was written by Maria Stephens, Participation Manager at Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and UK OGN Steering Committee member. In July I joined the UK delegation to the OGP summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. My work is focused on youth participation and children’s rights and I was encouraged by the OGP Civil Society…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Open government and transparency are positives to be embraced not inconvenient requirements

22nd August 2018

Written by Peter Osborne Open government and transparency is not just a nifty phrase and something to be said because government is required to do it. Transparency is important; and it is valuable and empowering. Unfortunately recent events have meant there has been little debate about the reasons why government should welcome transparency. Instead the…




Openness in Northern Ireland: The Open Government Partnership

26th June 2018

Written by Ben Worthy This month my mid-term IRM report on the UK’s Third National Action Plan was published, covering the UK’s progress up until the end of last year. So where is Northern Ireland in terms of its commitments? Northern Ireland began from a different point than the UK as a whole, and, though…