Open Government Partnership (OGP) takes off

A potentially powerful new global initiative, the Open Government Partnership (OGP), got going in Washington DC on July 12, 2011. OGP is a global effort to make governments better. We all want more transparent, effective and accountable governments -- with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations.

The Open Government Partnership aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a steering committee of governments and civil society organizations. Twaweza is one of the members of the Steering Committee, and has been involved in the formation of the idea from its earliest days.

Fifty nine governments and over 80 CSOs participated at the launch. Kenya and Uganda were represented at a high level, and we hope that Tanzania too will soon join the process.

For more information, visit the Open Government Partnership.  To learn more about how countries can participate, download the OGP’s Roadmap to Participation. Watch the official OGP launch here .

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