Points of View

Proposal to extend Freedom of Information to all public contractors

10th March 2016

Following the publication of the Commission on Freedom of Information’s findings and ahead of the publication of the UK’s 2016-18 open government action plan, the Campaign for Freedom of Information and Open Government Network have written to Matthew Hancock (Minister for the Cabinet Office) proposing a commitment to extend Freedom of Information to public service…


Open Government: People can re-engage with politics. And politicians may be able to break the deadlock.

18th February 2016

http://sluggerotoole.com/2016/02/18/open-government-people-can-re-engage-with-politics-and-politicians-may-be-able-to-break-the-deadlock/ David McBurney and Jonathan Bell (NI Open Government Network) argue that the growing gap between citizens and government can be bridged by a more open, generative approach to involvement in government monitoring and participation in policy making.  There is a growing distance between people and their representatives and a general disaffection with politics. We are faced…



Linking the SDGs and OGP in the UK

9th November 2015

This post has been adapted from Cat’s submission to the International Development Committee on their Inquiry “Sustainable Development Goals” As a youth activist leader from Ghana recently reflected, broad base ownership for the new set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been overwhelming. Compared to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were prepared largely by…



Report from the 2015 OGP Global Summit: OpenTheGovernment.org hosts a workshop on civil society experiences | OpenTheGovernment.org

29th October 2015

On Tuesday I was fortunate to moderate an in depth discussion, convened by OpenTheGovernment.org, to share practice on how civil society can best work together and with government on the OGP. Below is OpenTheGovernment.org’s summary of the workshop. I’ll be posting some of my own thoughts here shortly. On October 27, 2015, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted a workshop on…


Spoiling the magic trick that lies behind OGP

29th October 2015

In my last post from the Open Government Partnership summit in Mexico this week I talked about the ‘magic of OGP’ being the focus on the collaborative development of national action plans. The trouble is that both the words ‘collaboration’ and, even more so, ‘magic’ hide a lot. As a result they aren’t that helpful for those not directly involved…


OGPx – Going Local for Global Impact | Open Government Partnership

28th October 2015

A particular focus for a number of us who have made the trip over to Mexico City for the OGP Global Summit is how the OGP can be deepened to involve subnational governments and civil society. Indeed, tomorrow we’re hosting a session on “Taking OGP Subnational”, with participants including Colm Burns (Chair of the Northern…


The impact of the UK restricting freedom of information would be international

28th October 2015

  One of the great things about the Open Government Partnership is the principle that member countries are all on an equal footing, all have something to learn from each other and all share the goal of working to achieve more open governments worldwide. In other words, OGP is a community. In the words of…


Can the OGP deliver the SDGs?

28th October 2015

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit kicked off yesterday with 1000 civil society activists from 94 countries attending the pre-summit Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Day. There were some genuinely rousing and moving speeches. We heard lots of powerful stories highlighting how the OGP is making a significant difference to the way member governments do business…