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 e-Bulletin – February 2018

16th February 2018
  The February 2018 issue of the NIOGN e-Bulletin can be viewed here…  
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Crowdsourcing Commitments for the NI Open Government Action Plan

16th February 2018
Written by David McBurney The NI Open Government Network is collecting ideas to improve transparency, participation and accountability. We are looking for proposals that the Northern Ireland Executive should commit to in its 2018-2020 Open Government Action Plan. We would like to hear from citizens, community groups, civil society organisations, and anyone interested in greater transparency,…
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NI Open Government Network Blog – Environmental governance and democracy in Northern Ireland

14th February 2018
Written by Jonathan Bell UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This Goal implies a link between strong and accountable Institutions and the realisation of sustainable…
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The Good Friday Agreement – Is it still fit for purpose?

13th February 2018
Where: Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast When: 14th March 2018, 4:30pm – 6:30pm Ratified in a referendum in May 1998, the Good Friday Agreement brought an end to 30 years of sectarian conflict and set up a power-sharing assembly and executive to govern Northern Ireland by cross-community consent. The Agreement affirmed the legitimacy…
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NI Open Government Network Blog – Have you noticed that we don’t have a Government?

2nd February 2018
Written by Colm Burns & David McBurney “We are the dupes of those who shape the content of our beliefs, who introduce us to each other as enemies and competitors, and who stand exalted on the shambles they create.” (Common Sense: Occupation, Assembly, and the Future of Liberty” by Dan Hind) The Street lights are…
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NIOGN Submission to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Inquiry ‘Devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland: dealing with the deficit’

24th January 2018
By David McBurney If an Executive cannot be restored, what options exist for restoring accountability and democracy in Northern Ireland? Are any of these models useful now or is a fresh approach required? Consociation – “the cooperation of different, especially antagonistic, social groups on the basis of shared power” – is difficult to achieve for…
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NIOGN presentation to CIPFA conference: How can organisations improve citizen engagement, to secure better policy outcomes and more empowered citizens?

24th January 2018
By David McBurney To view the presentation slides, please click here…
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Community Foundation announces funding for NI’s first Citizens’ Assembly

24th January 2018
(via the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland) The Community Foundation has added its support to plans for a Northern Ireland Citizens’ Assembly with funding of £30,000. Since 1979 the Foundation has been supporting innovative initiatives, focused on the role that ordinary citizens can play in dealing with the issues that matter most to them. The…
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Re-imagine Democracy Conference

22nd January 2018
Where: The Mac, Exchange Street, Belfast, BT1 2LS When: 9.45am-4.30pm Thurs 15 March 2018 Registration: REGISTER HERE (Free to attend) (Venue Accessibility Info) 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 all–day conference organised…
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For public comment: UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 Mid-term Self Assessment Report

17th November 2017
[This process has now ended] The documents below make up the UK’s mid-term self assessment report for its current Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18. This includes the report produced by the Cabinet Office covering the UK Government’s commitments, as well as the commitments from each of the devolved administrations. These documents will be available…
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