UK Open Gov

The UK Open Government Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability. The OGN mobilises and coordinates civil society to effectively advocate for open government reforms, and works with government to identify, develop and implements the UK’s commitments under the global Open Government Partnership.


By Failing to Prepare, You Are Preparing to Fail: Managing Political Transitions in OGP Countries

17th August 2018
Originally posted on the OGP blog on 16 August 2018 The global wave of political transitions over the last few years have challenged progress towards greater openness in OGP countries. Seven years after OGP launched, many civil society activists and reformers inside government find themselves now faced with obstacles to introducing open government reforms or…
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Margot James MP responds to OGN Steering Group letter about ministerial engagement on open government

15th August 2018
Margot James MP, the minister responsible for open government, has written to the Open Government Network, following a letter sent to Matt Hancock MP, the then Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on 9 July 2018 by the OGN Steering Committee, expressing serious concern over the lack of ministerial engagement with the current open…
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Creating the UK’s Voluntary National Review on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

2nd August 2018
In 2019, the UK will present its Voluntary National Review (VNR) on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN. In preparation for this, to create a collaborative space to help deliver the VNR, DfID held an Engagement Event on Tuesday 31 July 2018, attended by numerous civil society organisations including the UK…
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OGN Letter: Letter to Matt Hancock MP about ministerial engagement on open government

9th July 2018
The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ 9 July 2018 Dear The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Ministerial engagement on open government We write to you on the behalf of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network to express our serious…
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Securing peace, justice and effective institutions in the future rests on us taking action now

9th July 2018
The global effort to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an opportunity to positively transform our societies and the lives of everyone on this planet by 2030. That is why SDG16 on peace, justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions is so important. Without it, none of the other SDGs will work. Making SDG16…
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The UK needs ambitious open government commitments for challenging times – Tim Hughes

19th June 2018
Tim Hughes – is Director of Involve, which coordinates the Open Government Civil Society Network. He was the co-chair of the second meeting of the Open Government Multi Stakeholder Forum. The Open Government Partnership has helped achieve some transformative reforms in the UK over the past six years. Among them are ensuring beneficial ownership transparency,…
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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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UK Open Government Multistakeholder Forum | 11 June 2018 | Meeting Notes

14th June 2018
Attendees Co-chair: Tim Hughes, Involve Andreas Pavlou, OGN Tim Davies Maria Stephens, CRAE Giuseppe Sollazzo Gavin Freeguard, IfG Michael Birtwistle, NCVO Jess Blair, ERS Wales Lucy McTernan, OGN Scotland Co-chair: Sue Bateman, DCMS Nicola Oldham, DFID Rhona Birchall, DFID Joel Catchatoor, CO Tom Leftwich, DCMS Thom Townsend, DCMS Katie Holder, DCMS Eilidh Simpson, DFID Notes…
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Open Government in Australia & the UK

6th June 2018
Open Government in Australia and the UK: a discussion with the Australian and UK IRM 12th July 2018 2-5pm Birkbeck College, London This round table discussion will look at how Australia and the UK compare in terms of the openness of their government, based on the views of two academics involved in the Open Government…
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UK OGN Manifesto 2018

1st June 2018
Contents 1. Introduction 2. Commitment areas 2a. Follow the money in government 2b. Law, participation and policy 2c. Strengthening accountability and anti-corruption efforts 2d. Building open data infrastructure for action 3. Annex 4. Endnotes 1. Introduction The UK is set to produce its fourth Open Government Action Plan that will run from mid-2018 to mid-2020,…
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