News 16th April 2012

UK Civil Society Perspectives on National Action Plan

by JavierRuiz

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations have produced a collaborative analysis of the UK National Action Plan and wider open government policy environment. All countries subscribing to the Open Government Partnership have to submit submit a National Action Plan (NAP) based on the principles of open government that are articulated in the OGP Declaration.

Organisations contributing to the report include Article 19, Campaign for Freedom of Information, Christian Aid, Global Witness, ONE, Open Rights Group, Publish What You Fund, Tiri and Transparency International UK.

Policy recommendations reflect the collective opinion of the group but may not reflect the opinion of each member organisation.

The main points of the report are reproduced here:

  1. The UK government must improve its engagement with civil society including wider consultation and clear mechanisms for collaborative design and progress monitoring of the national action plan.
  2. The current national commitments are too focused on open data, information technology and public services and should be expanded to cover a comprehensive model of open governance.
  3. Internationally, the UK is a global leader on aid transparency. However, the UK must now address the transparency of natural resource revenues and international corporate transparency more broadly.

The paper can be downloaded here:

WORD OGP UK Civil Society Perspectives DOC

OPENDOCUMENT OGP UK Civil Society Perspectives ODT

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