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The Open Government Partnership

What is the Open Government Partnership?

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was launched in 20 September 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers to implement ambitious open government reforms based on a number of commitments to make their governments more open, accountable, responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 63 participating countries. In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms based on a number of commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.
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OGP South Africa

South Africa was one of the founding members of the OGP when it was formally launched in 20 September 2011, and has made a number of commitments that seek to build on existing government and citizen-led initiatives related to open government in the country. From the South African perspective, OGP commitments must be aligned to the five year national priorities which are, in turn, linked to the targets identified in the NDP and which are derived from the assessment of South Africa’s achievement of the national vision as stipulated in the Constitution. That is the achievement of a non-racial, non sexist, united, democratic South Africa.
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There are rules, regulations and mechanisms in place that call upon government actors to justify their actions, act upon criticisms or requirements made of them, and accept responsibility for failure to perform with respect to laws or commitments.

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Governments embrace the importance of providing citizens with open access to technology, the role of new technologies in driving innovation, and the importance of increasing the capacity of citizens to use technology.


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Governments seek to mobilize citizens to engage in public debate, provide input, and make contributions that lead to more responsive, innovative and effective governance.




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Information on government activities and decisions is open, comprehensive, timely freely available to the public and meets basic open data standards (e.g. raw data, machine readability).



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