News and blog

Statement from Ben Gummer on open government and the OGP

7th October 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Ben Gummer, who attended the Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering committee meeting and UN General Assembly events in New York at the end of September, has made the following statement about the UK’s continued commitment to open government and the OGP: “The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has made significant progress to ensure that citizens are better…

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Statement on ongoing government and civil society collaboration on open government

7th October 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Also published at:  The first two United Kingdom Government National Action Plans (NAPs) had fixed two-year cycles of development and implementation. This meant that we could not always respond to and incorporate new ideas for opening up government as they arose. To address this challenge we have now moved to a rolling programme which enables…

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OGP Summit 2016: Registration opens

23rd September 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Registration and the provisional schedule for the OGP Summit in Paris in December have been launched on the Summit website.  OGP Summit’s provide excellent opportunities to meet, learn from and discuss with people leading open government reforms and initiatives around the world.  Register now to attend! Here’s the organiser’s blurb: As a forum for sharing good…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Sustainable Development Goals and Devolution

20th September 2016 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Kyle Parks, Member of the NI Open Government Network Steering Committee One year on from the launch of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and it feels like they’ve been brushed under the global carpet. At the Open University’s roundtable event in Belfast last week it was widely accepted that much still needs…

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Regulating the ‘revolving door’: OGN responds to Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry

19th September 2016 – News, United Kingdom

The UK Open Government Network has responded to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry on the role and effectiveness of ACoBA and Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. In summary: We are concerned that the current system for regulating propriety in public life is insufficient to protect against the risks associated with the “revolving…

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Blog: What do the sustainable development goals mean for Scotland?

8th September 2016 – Points of View, Scotland

Blog by Martha Caddell, Open University Just under a year ago, UN member states agreed a new global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out an ambitious plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity. It is underpinned by 17 global goals, the Sustainable…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – What does Brexit mean for Northern Ireland?

7th September 2016 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by David McBurney and Colm Burns On Thursday 23 June this year a referendum was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. More than 30 million people voted. The Leave Campaign won by the relatively narrow margin of 52% to 48%. The term ‘Brexit’ – that merges the…

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Opening the lid on Open Government in Scotland

30th August 2016 – Points of View, Scotland

One of the key challenges for the Open Government Network in Scotland is opening up the open government agenda to wider civil society, in ways that encourage open government to be understood as a movement for change, rather than a technocratic process. All too often the language associated with Open Government (data, open-contracting, anti-corruption, scrutiny…

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Invitation to contribute to the Open Government Partnership’s strategic refresh

26th August 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Originally posted on the Open Government Partnership blog: OGP STRATEGY DIALOGUES: INVITATION TO CO-CREATE PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF OGP’S WORK (#OGPDIALOG) by Alejandro Gonzalez Arreola and Manish Bapna Next month, Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be marking its fifth anniversary. This sets the scene for us to celebrate the achievements of OGP – which at its…

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Our new open Wiki to plan a programme for civil society capacity building

19th August 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Dear Open Government community, The civil society coordinators for UK, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are working together to strengthen and connect the Open Government civil society movements in the UK home nations. This project is being led by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and…

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