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Ireland asks its citizens whether they should join the Open Gov Partnership

From an interesting article published on June 27th on Politico.ie

Ireland is currently holding a public consultation on signing up to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), asking citizens and stakeholders what we would like to see changed about how our government operates. By Alistair McConnell.

The OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure government commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At present, 58 countries have signed up, after eight founding governments, including those of the UK and the US, formed the OGP in September 2011.

Ireland has been criticised for taking longer than most to sign up. But our lengthy adoption of the Open Governance process has its advantages. As put by Paul Maassen, the independent civil society co-ordinator for OGP, “What we’ve seen from a lot of the first few countries to sign up has been that the first Action Plan was very rushed, with no time for a proper consultation, and lacking in ambition”.

“Ireland’s advantage is that it has a solid foundation in place, with Transparency Ireland and people like Denis Parfenov, of Active Citizen, creating the basis for a good dialogue between government and civil society.”

Learn more at Politico.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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