A partnership convened by the World Resources Institute
By jesse.worker - October 29th, 2015
(Photo by Open Government Partnership)
by: Jesse Worker
More than 1,500 representatives from civil society, government, and the private sector are gathering in Mexico City from October 27-29 for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit. The OGP is an international multistakeholder platform focused on expanding transparent, responsive, and accountable governance to improve public services, reduce poverty, and combat corruption. Founded in 2011 with 8 participating national governments, its membership has grown to 66 countries from around the world. Countries must meet minimum eligibility criteria to join, and are expected to produce national action plans in collaboration with civil society. These national action plans must contain specific commitments, the progress towards which is assessed through self-assessment reports and an independent reporting mechanism (IRM). Countries have made over 2,000 commitments during this time with several notable accomplishments, such as new freedom of information laws and reforms to make political finance and public expenditures more transparent. OGP also includes five thematic working groups, including one on Openness in Natural Resources, which WRI co-chairs along with the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the Government of Indonesia. The summit will pay special attention to how OGP can inform and advance the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
The OGP summit offers a great opportunity to discuss how EDI can complement the OGP with open government champions from around the world. The inaugural EDI includes 38 countries that are OGP members. WRI and TAI are hosting a session on the Environmental Democracy Index on October 29th that will include speakers from WRI, as well as TAI partners from Mexico and South Africa. After a brief demonstration of the EDI platform, the session will focus on the following objectives:
OGP has enormous potential to catalyze governance reforms through its multisectoral platform that promotes collaboration, learning, and transparency in the creation and monitoring of commitments. The Environmental Democracy Index can support OGP members by helping to pinpoint gaps in laws and practice related to transparent, inclusive, and accountable decision-making for the environment, which could be the focus of future OGP commitments.