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Civil Society Coordination Newsletter - supporting independent engagement with the OGP
February 2013 (#2)
Open Budget Survey
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From newspapers to taxi drivers - everybody seems to talk and tweet about corruption in Jakarta. The corruption commission (KPK) makes daily headlines with arrests and prison sentences, also of high level political figures. To understand what is on the mind of the citizens, the new governor of Jakarta Jokowi employs a couple of people to follow what is being said on social media. Transparency around budgets and spending is an important building block for more open societies and to fight corruption. So good news that the country jumped 11 points in the just released open budget index , making it a regional leader. At the same time the access to information law, a beauty on paper, is still hardly being used and the new NGO law being discussed is - to put it mildly - not a step towards more openness and participation. Access to information is at the core of the Indonesian Action Plan; the progress reports will be something to look out for. With Indonesia becoming chair later this year - just after the release of its IRM report and at the start of its presidential campaign – the OGP challenge will be both a national and international one for the country. I feel we need to work together as an international civil society community to support our Indonesian colleagues with this challenge in the spirit of partnership. In Costa Rica, we witnessed how open government champions in the country’s Digital Government Secretariat successfully engaged public officials from other agencies, organized civil society, academia and the private sector in the presentation of their first action plan draft. The process was enhanced by the participation of colleagues from Mexico’s Technical Secretariat (Haydeé Pérez from Fundar and Gabriela Segovia from the Federal Access to Information and Data Protection Institute) and Peru’s Grupo de Trabajo (Kela León from the Peruvian Press Council and Delila Arraga from the Council of Ministers). Inspired by the Peruvian and Mexican experience, Costa Rica will create a follow-up commission integrated by government agencies and civil society representatives that will be in charge of drafting the action plan and monitoring its implementation. In April, the country’s action plan will be presented during the Steering Committee meeting. All best,
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Bosnian Civil Society Pushes for OGP Membership
An ad hoc coalition of civil society organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been established to advocate for Bosnian membership of the Open Government Partnership. During an open data event in Sarajevo, in which the Bosnian CPI Foundation launched its open budget website budzeti.ba, various CSOs shared their experiences with, and views on open government. At the end of the event, it was decided to put together an informal group to lobby for the participation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Open Government Partnership. Zoran Ivancic reported about the event on the OGP blog: OGP civil society blog.
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here’s his blog. Dial in number is +31 (0)20 717 68 68 with Participant PIN Code 49982757#. Three calls will be organized. comparative. Wednesday 6 March. ‘instant action plan’ for governments to improve their ranking. makes it possible to compare country performance and even see where countries are likely to end up next time. With Jennifer Shkabatur (World Bank) Peter Herlihy (UK Government Digital Service) and Ruth Fox (Hansard Society). Last. Open Government Blogosphere Last month. and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world”. the International Budget Partnership released the Open Budget Survey. and is absolutely worth checking out for a couple of reasons: first. budget transparency is one of the core pillars of open government. focus on Latin America. February 25-27 in Jakarta Regional Outreach Meeting on the Open Budget Survey and OGP with representatives from 10 Asian countries March 5-7: Conference calls with the OGP civil society SC members. And basically it is just fun to play with. the “only independent.February 2013 (#2) Page 2 IBP Releases the Open Budget Survey On the 23rd of January. Have a look at how well your country is doing . Lead: Rakesh Rajani. 9 am Brussels/11 am Nairobi/15 pm Jakarta English. focus on Europe and North America. Second. but are open to all for whom the time and language works. the recent release has a very visual data explorer tool that helps you understand the ranking. 9 am EST/15 pm Brussels Spanish. His latest post discusses the OGP experience in Costa Rica. This is a very interesting publication to everyone working on opening government. and in doing so provides almost an The overall Open Budget Index 2012 score is 43. Upcoming Events and Webinars February 19 at 10:00 AM EST: Webinar on Proactive Transparency. More graphics like the map above can be consulted here. focus on Africa+Asia. they will have a geographic focus. For those who like to read more about the current state-of-the-art. the detailed elaboration of what the OBI takes into account in the ranking creates the possibility to visualize possible future scores for countries. A perfect opportunity for everyone to ask questions. Thursday 7 March. share ideas and concerns or bring up concrete suggestions. 11 am Mexico/15 pm Brasilia time/18 pm Brussels Everyone interested to join can sign up here. English. Led by Helen Darbishire (Access Info Europe) and Kevin Dunion (Centre for Freedom of Information at the University of Dundee). and part of the minimum eligibility criteria to join OGP. Lead: Juan Pardinas. . Lead: Warren Krafchik. The very clear setup allows you to also use the Survey as a tool to test and check government’s OGP promises on open budgets. Omidyar’s David Sasaki wrote about three interesting articles on Open Government that were published last year. Tuesday 5 March. For those of you interested in discussing open-gov theory check out El Poder del Gobierno Abierto a Tumblr eduted by Álvaro Ramírez Alujas. If these calls work we will organize one each quarter! March 19 at 10:00-11:00 AM EST: Webinar on E-petitions: Giving Voice to Citizens.
The Philippines being an original OGP state and current SC member.From Africa some critical thoughts worth reading on open budgets and OGP in Liberia written by Stephen B.Civil Society Coordination Newsletter Page 3 OGP Global Eligibility Data Available Now Access Info Europe used the OGP disclosure policy to request the eligibility scores of all countries and OGP posted them on their webpage. the deepening of multi-stakeholder participation and the creation of synergies between stakeholders. Read more of his critical notes here. one on OGP consultation experiences during the Action Plan development phase and one on on-going coordination mechanisms.der. An open letter was sent to the OGP Steering Committee by the Centre for Law and Democracy and the Philippine Institute for Freedom of Information to express their concerns about the failure of the Philippine authorities to adopt a law that is crucial to open government.On February 5th. Paul Maassen facilitated a side session in which Veronica Cretu. Visit OGP’s Website Follow OGP Friend OGP on Twitter on Facebook . In non-member countries you can see what governments need to do additionally to become eligible. Main findings that emerged from the discussion were that the less institutionalized IGF could learn from OGP as a platform and from its official structure. deadline is February 26th. but also help highlight were the OGP model might need improvement still.van.On 6-9 November last year the Seventh Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting was held in Baku. the 15th Philippine National Congress recently failed to pass a Right to Information (RTI) law. Seeing in detail how eligible and non-eligible countries are doing can be a great advocacy and prioritization tool for civil society organizations. In Case you Missed It.. . Latest from the Civil Society Coordination Documentation of Consultation Experiences By the end of March we will release two publications.. the building of solid partnerships. Galib Abasov and Anriette Esterhuyzen discussed reciprocal learning for IGF and OGP. More information can be found here. By doing so their existence will remain legitimate and their impact may be strengthened. they fear credibility of OGP in general might be at risk. The end result will be a helpful tool and inspiration for all OGP members. both OGP and IGF will have to make sure they don’t become stand-alone initiatives and will have to manage to involve and engage a diverse range of different parties and stakeholders. click here for a brief report/ transcript. If you have any information or materials that you would want for us to include in our next newsletter please send them to Nout van der Vaart (n. . . Azerbaijan. a Webinar on the functioning of IRM took place in Spanish. . Upcoming Country Visits Paul will be back in Jakarta on February 25th and 26th to attend the Asian Regional Meeting on the Open Budget Survey and OGP.com). Lavalah can be found here.Australian blogger Peter Timmins laments the low level of ambition of his government to join the Open Government Partnership. Dolar Vasani will be interviewing a range of civil society actors in a representative set of 15 countries the coming weeks.nl) or Emilene Martínez (emilene17@gmail. Please keep in mind our next newsletter will be sent out on February 28 Don’t forget to send us your nominations for the Steering Committee. For a full report on the session have a look at the IGF website and the whole session can be looked back at here.Regretfully. .vaart@hivos. Ms. and in member country you can check where the great space for improvement is! Access Info Europe is doing some interesting analysis on the data so keep posted for that.. Next to that.
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