OGP Forming Working Group on Access to Information

11 September 2013

The Open Government Partnership is inviting participation in a thematic working group on access to information.

OGP is organizing five “pilot” thematic working groups. The goal is “to support the creation and implementation of more ambitious open government commitments as part of OGP national action plans.”

The working groups are  each co-led by at least one civil society organization and at least one OGP government.

The access group is led by the Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI) and the Alianza Regional Por La Libre Expresión e Información (Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information).

The other groups are:

Fiscal Openness – Led by the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and the Governments of Brazil and Philippines.

Open Data – Led by the Global Open Data Initiative (GODI) and the Government of Canada.

Legislative Openness – Led by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Government of Chile.

Extractives – Led by Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and the Government of Ghana.

“The working groups will provide practical ways for participants to share experiences, expertise, and lessons learned, as well as identify opportunities for targeted technical assistance and peer exchange,” according to an OGP announcement.  

Each group will convene an initial in-person meeting at the OGP Annual Summit in London in October to seek consensus on priority areas of engagement. “Thereafter, participants are expected to actively collaborate through in-person and virtual sessions,” the OGP said.

Those interested in joining a working group should submit the following form: https://docs.google.com/a/globalintegrity.org/forms/d/1WP8n-frerb2D9ZbUVnXJXMDd0NpSUZmxM5hMMmPkvSA/viewform

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