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 Network Blog – Where is my Good Friday Agreement?

26th February 2019
Written By Colm Burns I voted for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in May 1998 because I felt it was the right thing to do. I was 20 and not politically active, and hadn’t actually read the Agreement but I did grow up in North Belfast beside Girdwood Army Barracks. I remember the bombs and…
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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…
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Is Local Democracy Working in Northern Ireland? – Workshop Report

30th November 2018
On 24th November, the NI Open Government Network invited activists from across Northern Ireland to give their views on whether community planning is working and to discuss how local democracy might be improved. This workshop provided a forum for engaged citizens to give their views on community planning in Northern Ireland, given the original vision…
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Webinar – The Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Better Retail Better World

30th November 2018
Better Retail Better World is mobilising the retail industry to meet some of the biggest global challenges of the coming decades. Using the widely recognised United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, clear, transparent and measurable Goals developed with businesses and campaigners are at the heart of the initiative. The initiative addresses five of…
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Webinar – The Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Better Retail, Better World

25th October 2018
Better Retail, Better World is mobilising the retail industry to meet some of the biggest global challenges of the coming decades. Using the widely recognised United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, clear, transparent and measurable Goals developed with businesses and campaigners are at the heart of the initiative. The initiative addresses five of the 17…
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Is Local Democracy Working in Northern Ireland?

25th October 2018
With the establishment of the 11 new super councils in 2015, significant new powers were transferred to local authorities. At the same time, legislation introduced the concept of community planning, which requires councils to work with statutory partners and communities “to develop and implement a shared vision for promoting the well-being of an area, community…
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Public Consultations for the State of Open Government Report

14th September 2018
The global Open Government Partnership (OGP) are excited to invite the open government community and general public to consultations for the State of Open Government Report, OGP’s first flagship report. These consultations are your chance to be heard about priority policy areas within OGP. Conversations will take place on September 19, 20, 24 and 25.…
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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…
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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…
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NI Open Government Network e-Bulletin – August 2018

1st August 2018
The August 2018 issue of the NIOGN e-Bulletin can be viewed here…
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