Points of View


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…


What’s the point of the Open Government Summit? No, really, what’s the point?

27th October 2015

I’m writing this having just got off the plane that took to the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico. It’s never a good sign when the person next to you spots what you are writing and decides to challenge you on how useless democracy is. How money has corrupted democracy and it is just a…



New consultation document confirms that sweeping restrictions to FOI being considered | Campaign for Freedom of Information

13th October 2015

The Campaign for Freedom of Information, an OGN member, published the following press release in response to the Commission on Freedom of Information’s call for evidence. Sweeping restrictions to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act are being considered by the body set up to consider the legislation, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.…


8 case studies which show why we need to #saveFOI

9th October 2015

Those of us who work in improving governance, and challenging government to be more open and accountable, can sometimes overlook the fact that most people don’t see the world through the prism that we do. When we talk about making government more transparent, or accountable, or participatory, sometimes we don’t tell the story about why…