The Open Government Partnership (OGP) 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. See website at  http://www.opengovpartnership.org/

The OGP was launched in September 2011 on the margins of the 66th United Nations General Assembly in New York. The OGP now has over 60 participating countries.

To become a member of the OGP, participating countries must:

  • embrace a high‐level Open Government Declaration;
  • deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation; and
  • commit to independent reporting on their progress.

The OGP process requires participating countries to prepare an action plan that engages with at least one of the following five ‘Grand Challenges’:

  1. 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
  2. Increasing Public Integrity—measures that address corruption and public ethics, access to information, campaign finance reform, and media and civil society freedom
  3. More Effectively Managing Public Resources—measures that address budgets, procurement, natural resources and foreign assistance
  4. Creating Safer Communities—measures that address public safety, the security sector, disaster and crisis response, and environmental threats
  5. Increasing Corporate Accountability—measures that address corporate responsibility on issues such as the environment, anti-corruption, consumer protection, and community engagement.

The OGP website sets out the details on the independent reporting mechanism employed by the OGP and the timescales that apply in Ireland’s case.