Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international initiative supporting collaboration between governments and civil society organizations with specific objectives and on concrete projects to render governments more open. OGP brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make participating governments more transparent, inclusive, responsive and accountable. The aim of the OGP is to secure concrete commitments from governments to their citizenry to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Transparency, participation, integrity and digitization are the principles of the Open Government Declaration 2011 whereby the member countries commit themselves to the initiatives in the context of open government. The key commitments include:
- development of a two-year National Action Plan (NAP), closely involving civil society, that includes commitments and projects on OGP topics, using innovation and digital transformation;
- elaboration of self-assessments on the progress made under the National Action Plan, evaluated by the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM);
- dissemination of open government in other countries through the exchange of best practices, technical assistance, technologies and resources;
- support to the OGP Local programme;
Since 20 September 2011 - the official launch of the initiative - the number of member countries has been growing steadily, now includes 78 current members.