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The OGP must be deep as well as wide if it is to have meaningful impact for citizens

6th August 2015 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

The recently formed Northern Ireland Open Government Network is pushing for devolved regions to be included in the UK’s next national action plan. The Open Government Partnership has spread rapidly since its inception in 2011 and now boasts 65 member countries with more likely to come on-stream soon. However whilst this undoubtedly registers as a…

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Faces of the UK Open Government Network – Prateek Buch, Evidence Matters

3rd August 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Open government can be an abstract idea. We want to give people a better idea of what it is, and who is in the UK Open Government Civil Society Network. We’ve asked some existing members of the network to give us their thoughts on what open government means to them, why it’s important, where they have…

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NI Open Government Network – Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – 23rd July 2015

23rd July 2015 – Meeting notes, Northern Ireland

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NI Open Government Network – Steering Committee Meeting Agenda – 23rd July 2015

23rd July 2015 – Meeting notes, Northern Ireland

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PWYP UK urges UK Treasury to require open data reporting by all London Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies | PWYP UK

22nd July 2015 – News, United Kingdom

PWYP UK has urged the UK Treasury to require open data reporting by all London Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies: With the UK Treasury still appearing reluctant to prescribe open data payment reporting for non-UK-incorporated London-listed extractive companies, PWYP UK members have written to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, highlighting this inconsistency…

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2014-2015 UK Progress Report: Public Comments Section | Open Government Partnership

21st July 2015 – News, United Kingdom

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) has released the UK progress report for public comment. The report covers the first year of implementation of the second UK action plan. The entire report is available here. The OGP invites all stakeholders to make comments on the draft document to ensure that the final version represents all possible…

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Anti-Corruption: Why open governance matters | Transparency International UK

19th July 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Rachel Davies, Advocacy Manager at Transparency International UK and OGN Steering Group member, has written a blog post reflecting on the launch of the process to develop the UK’s third OGP National Action Plan: ‘Corruption hurts the poorest in society, in the UK and abroad. We need to ask ourselves: what kind of society do…

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OGP Global Summit 2015 | Call for Proposals

19th July 2015 – News, United Kingdom

The Open Government Partnership is inviting proposals for sessions at the upcoming Global Summit in Mexico in October: The 2015 Open Government Partnership Global Summit will be held in Mexico City on October 27, 28 and 29. Around 1,500 participants from government, civil society organizations, multilateral organizations, media, and the private sector are expected to…

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New FOI commission heralds “crackdown on the right to know” | Campaign for Freedom of Information

17th July 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has released this statement on today’s announcement of a Commission to review the Freedom of Information Act: A major attack on the public’s right to information is likely following the government’s announcement today of a new Commission to review the Freedom of Information Act, according to the Campaign for Freedom of…

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Roundtable with Scottish Civil Society Organisations on OGP in Scotland | 14 July 2015

17th July 2015 – Meeting notes, News, Scotland

On 14th July, we held a roundtable with Scottish civil society organisations to discuss if and how Scotland should be involved in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the UK’s third (2016-18) OGP National Action Plan. The following note sets out what was discussed and agreed. Details When: 14th July 2015, 10am to 12pm Where: Edinburgh…

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