The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international, voluntary effort to improve government performance, encourage civic participation and enhance government responsiveness to people. We all want more transparent, effective and accountable governments—with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations. Openness is the most powerful lever for achieving this.
OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
To achieve these objectives, OGP brings together governments and civil society organisations as true partners. OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of governments and civil society organizations in equal numbers, a unique model that embodies the goal of civic participation. Its chairs are also drawn from both sectors.
OGP is already demonstrating the power of this approach – in its first year it has grown from 8 participating countries to 57, each of which embraces the OGP Declaration of Principles, and commits to developing and implementing country action plans, all jointly developed with civil society.
Countries that submitted their action plans in September 2011, like South Africa, have started to implement their action plans and they will submit Government Self-Assessment Reports by 31 March 2013. An OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism is being established to periodically track country progress against commitments, thereby promoting greater accountability at the country level and ensuring OGP is delivering real change for citizens around the world.
OGP is trailblazing a way for governments and civil society to work together as partners towards a clear, shared objective: better government through openness. We invite you to stand with us, commit to the principles of open government and help demonstrate the power of open in your country.
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