People across the world are calling for more openness in government. Citizens are seeking public administrations that are more transparent, accountable and responsive, and are increasingly collaborating with public sector institutions to achieve these principles. They also expect policies and services to address their concerns and be tailored to their needs. Open government strategies and initiatives are key to renewing citizens' relationship with public officials and to regaining their trust in government. There is also increasing recognition that Open Government can play a pivotal role in supporting good governance, democracy and inclusive growth.
Open government strategies and initiatives are built upon the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation. The OECD supports countries around the world to strengthen a culture of open government policies by providing policy advice and recommendations on how to integrate these core principles into public sector reform efforts.
THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COUNCIL ON OPEN GOVERNMENT WAS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL ON 14 DECEMBER 2017
The Recommendation describes key principles:
Government transparency is understood as the disclosure and subsequent accessibility of relevant government data and information.
Public integrity refers to the consistent alignment of, and adherence to, shared ethical values, principles and norms for upholding and prioritising the public interest over private interests in the public sector.
Accountability refers to the governments’ responsibility and duty to inform its citizens about the decisions it makes as well as to provide an account of the activities and performance of the entire government and its public officials.
The OECD Recommendation of the Council on Open Government defines stakeholder participation as: all the ways in which stakeholders can be involved in the policy cycle and in service design and delivery, including through the provision of information, consultation and engagement.
The OECD Networks on Open and Innovative Government are active in the MENA region, Latin America and the Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
They serve as platforms to provide countries from the respective regions with the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and knowledge on how to build better and stronger public institutions in the areas of:
The Networks seek to:
Partnering with citizens
The OECD is a partner of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which supports the design and implementation of open government strategies. We also work with public officials and civil society to identify innovative policy approaches to open government. Through our workshops on capacity building, we provide policy makers and representatives from civil society with advice on how to make open government a reality.
Our comprehensive approach to open government examines the following areas:
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Open Government Week in Tunis, Tunisia 13-15 March, 2018
Open Government at the Local Level in Salé, Morocco 10 October, 2017
Open Government at the Local Level in La Marsa, Sayada & Sfax City, Tunisia February-March 2017