Posts Tagged ‘open government partnership’

  • 22 July 2014

    14 CSO Candidates Selected As Finalists to Join OGP SC

    Fourteen persons have been selected for the short list of candidates from civil society who still are running to become members of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee. The OGP is keeping the list a secret, but FreedomInfo.org obtained a confirmed list of the 14 finalists for the five open seats The 14 are: – […]

  • 18 July 2014

    Canada Pulls Out of Election for OGP Steering Committee

    The Canadian government has withdrawn its candidacy to join the Steering Committee that runs the Open Government Partnership. The unannounced withdrawal is noted without explanation in the OGP website page about the upcoming election.  * = Canada withdrew their application for the OGP Steering Committee on July 10. A statement provided by the Treasury Board Secretariat […]

  • 7 July 2014

    Five Governments Seeking to Join OGP Leadership

    Eleven governments are competing for eight spots on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership — six incumbents and five governments seeking a seat for the first time. The voting among the 64 member governments began July 1 and ends July 30, with results to be announced Aug. 4. Looking to win election on […]

  • 30 May 2014

    OGP Chooses New Experts for Next Independent Reviews

    The Open Government Partnership has published the list of next group of reviwwers who will examine national action plans. The process, known as the Independent Reporting Mechanism, involves hiring independent experts to author progress reports on implementation of each country’s OGP action plan.  A number of known access to information experts are among those chosen. […]

  • 23 May 2014

    OGP Drafts Strategic Plan; Debates Other Issues in Bali

    The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee has developed a four-year strategy to deepen the impact of the OGP’s work. Looking at a growing budget to accomplish its goals, the committee agreed that the OGP “will expect” financial contributions from members. These and other matters were handled at a two-day closed meeting May 4-5 in Bali. […]

  • 16 May 2014

    OGP Steering Committee OKs Civic Space Plan “in Principle”

    The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee May 5 agreed “in principle” to procedures that could lead to the expulsion of member governments whose actions undermine the values and principles of OGP. The OGP leaders deferred adoption, however, pending refinement of the language, according to persons who attended the meeting and spoke not for attribution with […]

  • 12 May 2014

    Private Sector Council Makes Plans for OGP Involvement

    A Private Sector Council, established to explore ways in which the private sector can engage in Open Government Partnership activities, presented its plans to the OGP Steering Committee in Bali May 5. The council has been developing its goals since late last year and is preparing a final version of a “white paper.” A draft […]

  • 9 May 2014

    Tanzanian Minister Says FOI Legislation Being Prepared

    A top minister in Tanzania has stated that a paper proposing a freedom of information bill has been prepared. The disclosure by Constitutional and Legal Affairs Minister Asha-Rose Migiro was reported May 5 in The Guardian. said the government is committed to observing Open Government Partnership (OGP) as part of its efforts to enhance good […]

  • 6 May 2014

    Aruna Roy Rocks OGP Regional Summit in Bali

    Judging by enthusiastic tweets, the Open Government Partnership regional summit in Bali got off to a rousing first day, in part because “the spirit of Aruna Roy is contagious!” as one person wrote on Twitter. Roy, the Indian social activist and a leading force behind the Right to Information law, received a lot of Twitter […]

  • 5 May 2014

    CSOs Urge OGP to Address Preserving Civic Space

    A statement by 183 representatives of civil society organizations from 31 Asia Pacific countries gathered May 4 in Bali for the Open Government Partnership regional summit highlights three issues.  The statement first emphasizes “the importance and need for establishing, expanding and consolidating civic space.” It says, “In some democratic states, civil society space has been […]

  • 2 May 2014

    Japan Hints at Joining Open Government Partnership

    Japan has indicated interest in joining the Open Government Partnership, again and tentatively. The suggestion came in one paragraph of a lengthy joint statement issued after a two day visit to the United Kingdom by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While well short of a commitment to join, the Japanese government apparently indicated “willingness to accelerate the […]

  • 2 May 2014

    Australian PM Decides Against Visit to Indonesia

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has decided not to visit Indonesia for a visit intended to sooth bilateral tensions that also might have led to cementing Australia’s tenuous membership in the Open Government Partnership. The resolution of the OGP membership question was not clear in the wake of the trip’s cancellation May 2. The Australian […]

  • 2 May 2014

    OGP Issues Database on Performance by 43 Countries

    The Open Government Partnership has issued a beta version of the data from the Independent Reporting Mechanism assessments of 43 countries. “It is hoped that everyone interested in OGP will use the data to take a fresh look at countries of interest, see where the trends lie, and see if there are lessons to be […]

  • 28 April 2014

    OGP Leaders to Consider Restrictions on Civic Space

    The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee May 5 will consider proposed procedures that could lead to the expulsion of member governments whose actions undermine the values and principles of OGP. The policy is aimed to preserving “civic space” after some member governments were seen as repressing freedom of expression. Such behavior particularly concerned the representatives […]

  • 28 April 2014

    FOI Notes: India, US, Malawi, Open Data, OGP Job

    India: One winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental prize, Ramesh Agrawal of India, is an active RTI user. The announcement said: “With a small internet café as his headquarters, Ramesh Agrawal organized villagers to demand their right to information about industrial development projects and succeeded in shutting down one of the largest proposed coal mines […]

  • 24 April 2014

    Australia Reconsidering OGP Membership, Paper Reports

    The Australian government under Tony Abbott is “reconsidering” the previous administration’s pledge to join the Open Government Partnership, according to Sean Parnell, reporting in The Australian. An announcement at the early May regional meeting of the OGP in Bali had been widely expected, but Parnell wrote: But Attorney-General George Brandis has instead passed responsibility for […]

  • 24 April 2014

    France Plans to Join OGP; Will Become 64th Member

    France will be joining the Open Government Partnership, officials have announced. Minister Marylise Lebranchu April 23 made the pledge at the Paris Conference on Open Data and Open Government. France would be the 64th member, The first hint of France’s plans came last week, buried in a joint communique with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto while […]

  • 8 April 2014

    OGP Grapples With Getting Members to Pay Dues

    By Toby McIntosh The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee is poised to increase the pressure for financial contributions from its members, 86 percent of whom don’t contribute. With rising budget needs, the two-and-one-half-year-old organization also is broadening its search for financial backing, which so far has come mostly from major foundations and the large countries […]

  • 24 March 2014

    Study Probes Commitments on FOI by OGP Members

    About half of the countries in the Open Government Partnership made commitment to pass a freedom of information law or to improve an existing one, according to a new study authored by Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI). The researchers found that of the 55 countries studied, 27 made FOI-related […]

  • 21 March 2014

    OGP Access Working Group Sets Work Plan for 2014

    The Open Government Partnership Access to Information Working  Group (ATI WG) has developed a work plan largely focused on providing help to participating governments. The work plan lists a variety of plans, including one that is apparently completed, an analysis on ATI-related  commitments in OGP  member’s first action plans. The study is to be placed on the group’s […]