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An action plan for a more open UK government

19th September 2018 – Points of View, United Kingdom

The full version of this blogpost was originally published on: Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. By increasing transparency, enhancing citizen participation or adopting strong accountability mechanisms, reform in favour of open government has led to change…

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What we heard: report of public discussion on future of openness in Scotland

13th September 2018 – News, Scotland

By Niamh Webster, Scottish Government. This article was originally posted here. We’re currently working to create a new plan for the government to commit to for the next two years. We wanted to hear from people across the country about the improvements they would like to see and hear their ideas on how the government…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Untapped Potential

12th September 2018 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Colm Burns Having ‘no new ideas’ was the damning verdict from the political parties at Stormont after the latest round of talks with the Secretary of State. Following the meetings, Karen Bradley said she was “determined to deliver” devolved government. “Last week I set out the Government’s clear plan to bring that about…

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Notes from OGN meeting with Minister Margot James | 5 September 2018

11th September 2018 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 5 September 2018, members of the Open Government Network’s steering committee met with Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, to talk about open government in the UK and the development of the UK Open Government Action Plan 2018-20. This note of the meeting was produced by the OGN. Attendees Margot James…

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Public consultation on draft UK Open Government Action Plan 2018-20 launched!

5th September 2018 – News, United Kingdom

.@margot_james_mp urges members of @OpenGovUK, civil society and the public to share their views as the Government develops its fourth National Action Plan for Open Government #OpenGov #HaveYourSay — DCMS (@DCMS) September 5, 2018 Launched today, the draft UK National Action Plan for Open Government 2018-2020 is now open for public consultation. The…

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Making Summits Meaningful: An update following the OGP Summit in Tbilisi

29th August 2018 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This article was writted by Transparency International UK At Transparency International UK, we focus on impact; leaders shouldn’t be flown around the world for photo ops or to announce initiatives and reforms they have no intention of enacting. This is why I took to stage at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in July to…

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A View from Tbilisi: Youth Participation and Engagement in Open Government

23rd August 2018 – Points of View, United Kingdom

This blogpost was written by Maria Stephens, Participation Manager at Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and UK OGN Steering Committee member. In July I joined the UK delegation to the OGP summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. My work is focused on youth participation and children’s rights and I was encouraged by the OGP Civil Society…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Open government and transparency are positives to be embraced not inconvenient requirements

22nd August 2018 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Peter Osborne Open government and transparency is not just a nifty phrase and something to be said because government is required to do it. Transparency is important; and it is valuable and empowering. Unfortunately recent events have meant there has been little debate about the reasons why government should welcome transparency. Instead the…

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

17th August 2018 – Points of View, United Kingdom

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 – News, United Kingdom

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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