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.



Help us shape a government that works for you!

28th July 2022
Join the Northern Ireland Open Government Network as it explains its vision for an open, transparent, and accountable government in its Annual General Meeting. When: Tuesday 9th August 12pm-1.30pm Where: Zoom – register here The Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) is an alliance of individual citizens, activists and representatives of community and voluntary organisations.…
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Next phase of Open Local Government Project underway!

20th July 2022
Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) is pleased that the second phase of the Open Local Government Project is underway. The Open Local Government project is about making local improvements to transparency, accountability and participation so that local services are more responsive to people’s needs and priorities, and to encourage a better relationship between local…
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Register for Open Local Government Workshops

4th June 2021
Open Local Government is a new project from NIOGN, which will see us run a series of workshops across NI. The purpose of the project is to boost the health and effectiveness of local democracy by breaking down barriers to transparency, accountability and participation. Is there something in your local community that would benefit from…
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Funding announcement: Open Government – Creating Local Action Hubs

4th May 2021
Written by Lucy Keown, NI Open Government Network Co-ordinator We are pleased to announce that the Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) has received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Great Ideas Fund, which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. Our project, ‘Open Government – Creating Local Action Hubs’, will…
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Your priorities for the next Open Government National Action Plan (2 of 2)

24th March 2021
Image via Pixabay We want to hear your ideas for how government in Northern Ireland could be more open, transparent and accountable. The Open Government Network will bring the best of these ideas to the NI Executive and they could form part of NI’s upcoming open government action plan! Join the NI Open Government Network…
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Your priorities for the next Open Government National Action Plan (1 of 2)

24th March 2021
Image via Pixabay We want to hear your ideas for how government in Northern Ireland could be more open, transparent and accountable. The Open Government Network will bring the best of these ideas to the NI Executive and they could form part of NI’s upcoming open government action plan! Join the NI Open Government Network…
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Reply to Letter: Minister Julia Lopez to UK OGN

14th March 2021
5 March 2021 Dear UK Open Government Civil Society Network members, Thank you for your letter of March 2nd, calling on the United Kingdom to reclaim its place as a global leader in openness and democracy. I am responding to your letter in my capacity as Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, responsible for the…
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OGN Letter to Minister Julia Lopez on the OGP placing the UK ‘under review.’

3rd March 2021
Julia Lopez MP Parliamentary Secretary Cabinet Office 70 Whitehall London SW1A 2AS March 2021 Dear Minister, Let’s take back our place as a global leader in open government. The Open Government Network (OGN) is a broad coalition of people and organisations who wish to see the United Kingdom regain our position as a global leader…
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UK GOVERNMENT ‘UNDER REVIEW’ SAYS OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP

3rd March 2021
78 country Open Government Partnership places UK government ‘under review.’ UK government twice fails to properly deliver transparency plans. Organisations co-sign letter expressing ‘concern.’   The Open Government Partnership [OGP] of 78 countries representing some 2 billion people has placed the UK government ‘under review’ for failing to properly deliver a plan for transparent, participatory,…
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Northern Ireland Joins Global Partnership to Promote Open Government

20th October 2020
The government of Northern Ireland has been selected to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government. As a new member of OGP, Northern Ireland will work with local civil society organizations and other OGP members to advance the…
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