Civil Society Coordination Newsletter
- supporting independent engagement with the OGP
Calls with Steer-ing CommitteeCivil Societymembers sched-uled for nextweek.
InformationCommissionersnamed in El Sal-vador after a 15-month delay.
IRM ResearchGuide Open forComments
OGP SteeringCommittee willnot interfere incountry-specificissues.
2013 No. 3March 2013 (#3)
Inside this issue:
Upcoming Events andWebinars
News from Latin Amer-ica
IRM Research GuideOpen for Comments
Catch-Up on OGP Webi-nars
OGP SC Will Not Inter- vene in National Issues
In Case You Missed It...
Consultation ProcessUnderway in Costa Rica
New Tool for CSOsEngaging in LegalReform
Upcoming Events and Webinars
Conference calls with the OGP civil society SC members. A perfect opportunity foreveryone to ask questions, share ideas and concerns or bring up concrete suggestions.
calls will be organized, they will have a geographic focus but are open to all for whom the timeand language works.English, focus on Africa+Asia,
Tuesday 5 March
. Lead: Rakesh Rajani.9am Brussels/11 am Nairobi/15 pm JakartaEnglish, focus on Europe and North America,
Wednesday 6 March
. Lead: Warren Krafchik.9 am EST/15 pm BrusselsSpanish, focus on Latin America,
Thursday 7 March
. Lead: Juan Pardinas.
11 am Mexico/15 pm Brasilia time/18 pm
BrusselsEveryone interested to join can sign up here. Dial in number is
+31 (0)20 717 68 68
with Partici-pant PIN Code
. More international dial in numbers will be shared with the peoplethat signed up!
at 10:00-11:00 AM EST:
Webinar on E-petitions: Giving Voice to Citizens
. With Jenni-fer Shkabatur (World Bank) Peter Herlihy (UK Government Digital Service) and Ruth Fox(Hansard Society).There seems to be a mini epidemic going on in Europe
and spreading to Africa
of civil soci-ety forming coalitions that seek to work together and persuade governments to join OGP. Imentioned Ireland before, where a group calledActive Citizen took the lead and might be able
to cry victory soon. In IndiaMKSS (the organization of Steering Committee member Nikhil Dey)
is still actively pushing for membership. And by now we also have active coalitions in Poland,Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Uganda eager to see their countries join and work on anambitious action plan.The points of discussion I most often hear from actors in aspiring OGP countries are focusedon how to make the case for membership and on the mildness of the eligibility criteria.What can we do to support these coalitions? One thing we will do the coming weeks as theCivil Society Coordination is to try and bring these groups together in a call to share experi-ences and tactics. Who do you need to involve and how do you get access to these actors?How can we involve the media? What arguments for joining OGP were most convincing? Whatinternational support is out there? If you have smart insights, especially on the arguments thatworked with your government, do drop me a line (maassenpaul at gmail.com).
For those of you already active this will be a busy week with plenty of opportunity to makeyour voice heard internationally. There are two calls planned to discuss theIRM reportingmethodand three to get anupdate from the Steering Committee membersabout what is go-
ing on and for them to hear your questions, suggestions and worries.Kind regardsPaul