The Open Government Partnership (OGP) aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Unusually, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee of equal numbers of governments and civil society organizations (CSOs). Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani, a co-creator of the OGP idea and a founding member of the Steering Committee, invested considerable time in 2011 in helping to shape the initiative and its key values and tenets.
The OGP was launched on 20 September 2011 by President Obama and President Rousseff in New York City, where Rajani was asked to make remarks on behalf of civil society. As of early 2012, 55 countries had joined the OGP, including Tanzania and Kenya, where Twaweza also supported local engagement with the initiative.