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.



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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Nominations are now open for the NI Open Government Network Steering Committee

9th April 2018
It’s time for us to call on you – our network of open government enthusiasts – to help steer the development and delivery of the NI Open Government Network. There are five places to be filled; and all you need to do is nominate yourself by Monday 30th April 2018. Whether you consider yourself an…
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Re-imagine democracy with us online  —  social kit

12th March 2018
Imagine a country where decisions are honestly made, transparent and accountable, where outcomes cannot be bought or manipulated and where policy-making processes enhance democratic participation and connection. This Thursday, Open Government Networks across the UK will be coming together to host the Re-imagine Democracy conference. We want you to join us in the discussions as together we…
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NI Open Government Network Blog – Dark Money

9th March 2018
Written by Colm Burns & David McBurney Conservative and DUP MPs trooped through the voting lobby of the House of Commons on Wednesday to prevent retrospective transparency on donations to political parties in Northern Ireland. With the Conservatives applying a three-line whip, the measure they were voting on – The Transparency of Donations & Loans…
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