Monday, July 18, 2011

Open Government Initiative

The Open Government Partnership is a new global effort to make governments better. We all want more transparent, effective and accountable governments -- with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations. But this work is never easy.

It takes political leadership. It takes technical knowledge. It takes sustained effort and investment. It takes collaboration between governments and civil society.

The Open Government Partnership is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. 

In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a steering committee of eight governments and nine civil society organizations.

To become a member of OGP, participating countries must embrace a high-level Open Government Declaration; deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation; and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward.

Secretary Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Patriota opened a day-long event at the State Department on July 12 with almost 60 nations and more than 60 civil society organizations in attendance. Representatives discussed best practices in open government through interactive panels, issue framing sessions, and idea sprints. 

Also was launched the Open Government Portal that will serve as the primary repository for all OGP country action plans.  The initiative will formally launch in September.

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