Launched in 2011, OGP is an international platform for reformers both within and outside of government to catalyze ambitious governmental commitments that promote transparency, empower citizens, and fight corruption.
To become a member of OGP, countries endorse a formal declaration that commits them to a set of core principles, fostering “a global culture of open government that empowers and delivers for citizens, and advances the ideals of open and participatory 21st century government.” In collaboration with civil society, member countries co-create national action plans that set out open government reform commitments to be implemented over a two-year period. The plans are then assessed by an independent accountability mechanism.
In the spirit of co-creation, OGP is overseen by a steering committee comprised of an equal number of governments and civil society organizations. In just a few years, OGP has expanded from eight to 69 member countries that are working to harness new technologies, make progress in fighting corruption, open up government data, and improve efficiency in public services.