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.



For public comment: UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 Mid-term Self Assessment Report

17th November 2017
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 for public comment for two…
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Challenging the UK’s food system to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

1st November 2017
(via UKSSD) By Robin Hinks The Sustainable Development Goals offer us an opportunity to challenge a food system in the UK that is unhealthy, unfair and unsustainable. In this blog Robin Hinks from the Food Foundation explains why and how. Less healthy food products, calorie for calorie, are three times cheaper than healthier food products.…
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Three ways for businesses to support the Sustainable Development Goals

1st November 2017
(via UKSSD) By Colin Curtis There’s a lot of talk about why businesses need to get behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I’ve read countless articles on the economic opportunity associated with the goals, or the importance of industry support. The business case for supporting the SDGs is incredibly compelling. Improved brand, better customer relationships,…
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UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) Partner Update – October 2017

1st November 2017
To view the October 2017 issue of the UKSSD Partner Update, click here…
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NI Sustainable Development Goals website launched

31st October 2017
The NI Open Government Network is working in partnership with networks in England, Scotland and Wales to build the capacity of citizens and civil society to use open government approaches to progress the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A new website has been launched to support this initiative, please visit globalgoalsni.org for more information.
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Invitation to deliver the independent evaluation of the Open Government Pioneers UK project

19th October 2017
The UK Open Government Pioneers Project aims to raise understanding and awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals amongst citizens and decision makers and to encourage the use open government approaches to progress the Goals. The project is formally linked to the International Open Government Partnership. We are inviting bidders to deliver the independent evaluation of…
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The Funding Revolution that gives power to the people

16th October 2017
(via ScopeNI) Written by Nick Garbutt Why can’t local people get to decide how money invested in their communities is spent? Like all powerful ideas it is simple, obvious and hard to contest. After all residents know what the needs of a community are because they live there. They are therefore just as much experts…
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UK Open Government Pioneers Conference

29th September 2017
This conference is now in planning. It will take place in Belfast alongside a virtual conference for those who cannot physically be there. UK conference for the Open Government Pioneers UK initiative. The conference aims to build the capacity of people and civil society across the UK home nations to contribute to the UN Sustainable…
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Building Change Trust: Open Government Network NI External Evaluation Report, Peter Osborne and Derek Browne – April 2017

17th July 2017
The Northern Ireland Open Government Network (the OGN) has been one of the key initiatives of the Building Change Trust Creative Space for Civic Thinking programme. The Network links to wider open government initiatives through the UK and Ireland Open Government Action Plans. The OGN was established in November 2014 to provide a regional focus…
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NI Open Government Network Blog – Who speaks for us?

7th July 2017
Written by Colm Burns, NI Open Government Network Chair When it comes to Brexit, who’s speaking for us? The short answer is “no one”, because our political parties have chosen to abdicate this responsibility. The DUP and Sinn Féin are clear on one thing: they have diametrically opposing positions when it comes to Brexit. Alliance,…
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