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Transparency International Ireland Coordinating Civil Society Consultation on Open Government Partnership

Dublin, 18 June 2013

Transparency International Ireland is undertaking a consultation process with civil society interests to gather their proposals for Ireland’s participation in the Open Government Partnership.

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

One of the cornerstones of OGP is promoting the development of national action plans through a multi-stakeholder process, with the active engagement of citizens and civil society

While OGP does not impose binding common standards on participating governments, national plans must address at least one of five ‘grand challenges’ of:

  • Improving Public Services—measures that address the full spectrum of citizen services including health, education, criminal justice, water, electricity, telecommunications and any other relevant service areas, by fostering public service improvement or private sector innovation
  • Increasing Public Integrity—measures that address corruption and public ethics, access to information, campaign finance reform, and media and civil society freedom
  • More Effectively Managing Public Resources—measures that address budgets, procurement, natural resources and foreign assistance
  • Creating Safer Communities—measures that address public safety, the security sector, disaster and crisis response, and environmental threats
  • Increasing Corporate Accountability—measures that address corporate responsibility on issues such as the environment, anti-corruption, consumer protection, and community engagement.

Over the next three months, TI Ireland will be organising events and reaching out to civil society and citizens to join the process towards an Action Plan for Ireland and sustainable future development.

For updates on this project, a new website, www.ogpireland.ie, will be available from 20th June 2013. In the meantime you can:

More information on Ireland and the OGP is published on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s website here. TI Ireland was contracted to manage this project to ascertain and report on civil society’s proposals for Ireland’s participation in the Open Government Partnership following on 10th June 2013 following an open competition run by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.