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.

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 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 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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