Open Government Pioneers Project in Scotland

About the project


The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is leading the Open Government Pioneers Project, a new initiative taking place across the whole of the UK, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

It coincides with Scotland securing a unique place in the Open Government Partnership. In 2016, Scotland was accepted to be part of the Pioneer Tier of the OGP, a pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017.

As we look to advance towards a more open government across the home nations, civil society in Scotland and elsewhere must look to build local networks so it can work with government on future plans. By initiating outreach and increasing engagement, Scotland’s Civil Society Network serves as an engine for new ideas and as a collective voice to collaborate with and challenge government.

By promoting the principles of open government, we can better inform the process by which Scotland pursues a number of social policy issues. That’s why our project is promoting open government to secure progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals here in Scotland.

In 2015, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the Scottish Government would be one of the first anywhere in the world to commit to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, both at home and overseas. These Goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all.

Find out more about global goals work going on in Scotland.

Latest project blogs

Paul Bradley

The Global Goals: what’s in it for you? (Part 2)

We’re all busy. Busy working on projects, policies and campaigns in the hope that they’ll make a big impact to our organisations. I’m no different, busy promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to third sector organisations across Scotland. The question you’re probably asking is, ‘Why do the SDGs matter to me?’ The broad, international agenda […]

13th Jul, 2017

Allan Young

How can we make the development goals sustainable for everyone?

Reducing inequality, ending poverty and providing good quality education – no one argued that these weren’t the correct goals to aim for, but translating the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) into a Scottish context with clear actions and outcomes which are inclusive and empowering in terms of race and ethnicity, were the key challenges discussed […]

11th Jul, 2017