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Civil society urged to join groups on government transparency.

29th April 2021

“THIS IS AN OPEN GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY” Civil society urged to join groups on government transparency. For immediate release – 29th April 2021 Representatives from civil society are being urged to sign up for a series of workshops beginning on Wednesday May 5th to make the government more accountable, transparent and participatory. The nine workshops, organised…


OGP Now Recruiting Six Prominent Members of Civil Society to Join its Steering Committee

8th December 2015

The Open Government Partnership has announced that it will be recruiting six new members of civil society to join its steering committee: As the Open Government Partnership (OGP) enters its fifth year, the international initiative seeks six new civil society steering committee members. This is a unique opportunity for talented and committed civil society leaders…


FOI Commission publishes call for evidence responses

8th December 2015

The Commission on Freedom of Information has published the responses to its call for evidence: Call for evidence responses from organisations: A to C [PDF, 1.61MB, 181 pages] Call for evidence responses from organisations: D to L [PDF, 1.32MB, 155 pages] Call for evidence responses from organisations: M to P [PDF, 1.37MB, 160 pages] Call for evidence responses from organisations: R to Z [PDF, 1.52MB, 142 pages]…


Commission on Freedom of Information publishes meeting notes & background papers

4th December 2015

The Commission has published minutes of meetings that its chair, Lord Burns, has held with external stakeholders and two background papers on the development and passage of the FOI Bill and international comparisons. Freedom of Information Bill: development and passage Freedom of information: international comparisons Independent Commission on Freedom of Information: external stakeholders meetings Visit…


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…


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…


How open company data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry | OpenCorporates

27th October 2015

Open Government Network member, OpenCorporates, has released a new paper outlining how open company data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry. Today, we’re pleased to release a white paper on how OpenCorporates data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry, in a…


UK’s Open Government Manifesto is built on collaboration – Dr Andy Williamson

7th October 2015

Dr Andy Williamson, who sits on the UK OGN Steering Group, blogs on the third NAP, collaboration and the tricky business of culture change The UK is in the process of developing its third National Action Plan (NAP) as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which comes with a strong civil society commitment and…


Open Government Manifesto launched for UK government – will it care?

7th October 2015

Website Diginomica covers the launch of the Open Government Manifesto It’s hard pin down the UK’s progress and commitment to creating an open and accountable government. On the one hand it is somewhat of a trailblazer, having set the agenda by being one of the founding members of the Open Government Partnership – an international…


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…