The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Member countries of the OGP are required to deliver in the following commitments: embrace the Open Government Declaration; deliver a concrete action plan, developed with public consultation and feedback; and commit to independent reporting on their progress.
The OGP is overseen by a steering committee of governments and civil society organizations. Eight governments are part of the steering committee: the United States and Brazil as co-chairs, and the Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom as committee members. All eight have delivered in the above commitments.
The OGP was launched in New York on September 20, 2011, wherein President Benigno S. Aquino III, upon the personal invitation of U.S. President Barack Obama and President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, joined other heads of state, country representatives, and international CSO leaders in expressing their support for the Open Government Declaration.
A draft of the Philippine Country Action Plan for 2012 has been crafted through initial consultations, and will be subjected to stakeholder consultations as well as further preparatory and technical work by the government during the period of October to December of 2011, prior to the Action Plan’s implementation starting January 2012.