What is the Open Government Partnership?
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. It was launched in 2011 by 8 founding governments. Since 2011, OGP now counts 75 member countries, as well as hundreds of civil society organisations.
When joining the Partnership, governments endorse the Open Government Declaration and commit to the following principles:
- Increase the availability of information about governmental activities
- Support civic participation
- Implement the highest standards of professional integrity through administrations
- Increase access to new technologies for openness and accountability
Open Government Partnership Pioneer
In April 2016 Scotland was selected by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) as one of 15 Pioneer governments around the world to join a programme to bring new leadership and innovation into the OGP at all levels of government. The Scottish Action Plan, developed in partnership with civil society, launched in December 2016, and sets out how we will use the opportunity of being Pioneers to improve the lives of people living in Scotland, to learn from others and to share our experience of Open Government throughout 2017.
National Action Plan
We are working in partnership with civil society to create an open government movement in Scotland: connecting to new organisations, and finding new partners at home and abroad, to provide oversight and to grow the movement among our partners in order to build a more democratic, open and transparent society.
The Scottish OGP National Action Plan contains five commitments to be delivered in 2017:
1. Financial Transparency: to clearly explain how public finances work, so people can understand how money flows into and out of the Scottish Government, to support public spending in Scotland.
2. Measure Scotland’s progress: by making understandable information available through the National Performance Framework, which will be reviewed to reflect our commitments to Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.
3. Deliver a Fairer Scotland: Through implementation of the actions developed with civil society through the Fairer Scotland action plan.
4. Participatory Budgeting: To empower communities through direct action ensuring they have influence over setting budget priorities.
5. Increasing Participation: improving citizen participation in local democracy and developing skills to make sure public services are designed with input from users and with user needs to the fore.
Progress Report – July 2017
The Scottish National Action Plan sets out the timescales for the delivery of the milestones for each commitment, some of which extend beyond 2017. This document outlines the progress for each commitment after six months.
OGP Scotland is a partnership between Civil Society and Government, working with citizens to improve all of our lives. If you want to get involved you can:
Join the network – https://forum.opengovernment.org.uk/groups/opengovscot
Follow us on twitter –Scottish Government @OGP_Scotland
Civil Society @opengov.scot
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org