NI Open Gov

The Northern Ireland Open Government Network is a loose alliance of individual citizens and representatives of voluntary/community organisations aiming to engage in dialogue with the NI Executive to campaign for a more open form of government. We want government to be more transparent, participatory and accountable to the people it serves.

We aim to use the international Open Government Partnership as a vehicle to achieve this objective and are making links with similar civil society networks in the UK and Ireland.



NI Open Government Conference: Transparency for Accountability

31st July 2018
Sessions will include: Beyond RHI: How to restore democratic accountability at Stormont No government minister, special adviser or official ever expected to be held to account for their actions, or inaction around RHI. The ongoing inquiry into the flawed energy scheme has already revealed some serious defects in the fabric of our democracy. How do…
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NI Open Government Network Blog – OGP Summit 2018: The opening and closing of civic space

26th July 2018
Written by Colm Burns Colm at the OGP Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia – 19th July 2018 I was asked to speak at the Open Government Summit in Georgia on “How to Ensure the Capacity of Citizens to Engage with Government”. My original proposal was for an 1hr 30min session with inputs from citizens, government representatives…
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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…
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The UK’s Third NAP Mid-Term Report: Events, Evolution and (Un)evenness

15th June 2018
Ben Worthy is the UK IRM and an academic at Birkbeck College, University of London. You can read the full IRM report here. You can also come along to hear Ben in conversation with his Australian equivalent in London on the 12th July.   This week my mid-term IRM report on the UK’s Third National…
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We are moving! A New Online Platform for the Open Government Networks

25th May 2018
The Open Government Networks are moving to a new online platform. Over the last week, we have been inviting members of the Open Government Networks to move to the new online platform run by Discourse.org. All you need to do is sign up and ‘join’ at least one of the network ‘groups’ to receive updates…
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Webinar – Taking Responsibility for Delivering the SDGs

4th May 2018
Ireland has launched an Implementation Plan for the Sustainable Development Goals. Tune in to this webinar to find out more about the process and what the Plan entails.   In September 2015 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced: “I am pleased to share some good news for people and planet”. The good news? After three years of…
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Ireland launches Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan

4th May 2018
On Thursday 26 April at the Institute for International and European Affairs, Denis Naughten, T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, launched Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020. Minister Naughten has lead responsibility for promoting and overseeing the coherent implementation of the SDGs on a whole-of-Government basis.…
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Review the draft assessment of Sustainable Development Goal 16 in the UK

25th April 2018
Involve, as coordinator of the Open Government Network, is working with partners and members of the UKSSD network to review the UK’s performance against United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Follow and intial phase of research, the draft text of the chapter on SDG16 is now open for…
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NI Open Government Network e-Bulletin – April 2018

17th April 2018
The April 2018 issue of the NIOGN e-Bulletin can be viewed here…
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Commitments Ideas for the 2018-20 NI Open Government Action Plan

12th April 2018
We crowdsourced ideas for OG commitments for the 2018-20 Open Government National Action Plan and presented them to government officials before Easter. Commitment ideas included: Introduce a register of lobbyists Open Ministerial diaries Ensure the open and timely publication of government research and introduce a standardised public register of all commissioned studies. Create a Citizens’…
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