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Next phase of Open Local Government Project underway!

20th July 2022

Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) is pleased that the second phase of the Open Local Government Project is underway. The Open Local Government project is about making local improvements to transparency, accountability and participation so that local services are more responsive to people’s needs and priorities, and to encourage a better relationship between local…


UK OGN: “The Prime Minister Should Resign.”

14th April 2022

The UK Open Government Network steering committee has said the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, should resign in a statement issued today [14/04/22]. The UK open Government Network coordinates civil society input into the UK government’s national action plan on accountability and transparency. The statement highlighted the Ministerial Code, Nolan Principles, Sue Gray report, and…


UK Government backslides on commitments to open government in new National Action Plan

2nd February 2022

Government accused of ‘backsliding’ in new anti-corruption plan Last minute changes ‘watered down’ anti-corruption plan. Civil society calls for ‘public standards’ commitment ‘ignored’. Commitment on a register of overseas entities owning property in the UK removed. The UK risks being designated ‘inactive’ by an international anti-corruption partnership it set up. Civil society organisations have accused…


Statement: Committee on Standards / Owen Patterson MP

3rd November 2021

PRESS STATEMENT Committee on Standards / Owen Patterson MP For immediate release: 3rd November 2021 Kevin Keith, Chair of the UK Open Government Network, said: “On Monday the Committee on Standards in Public Life published a report on upholding standards. It revealed that over three quarters of the British public agree that ethical standards in…


Open Local Government Workshops – Summary & Next Steps

28th September 2021

Written by Lucy Keown NIOGN ran six workshops across Northern Ireland, as part of our Open Local Government project, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Great Ideas Fund. The purpose of the project is to support local improvements to transparency, accountability and participation that enable people to have their priorities addressed and build a…


NAP 5 – Open Justice – Wk4 – Readout

20th July 2021

As part of the co-creation process of the UK’s fifth National Action Plan for Open Government (NAP5), thematic areas agreed to during the Multistakeholder Forum in March 2021 have been turned into biweekly Working Groups. These Working Groups bring together government policy leads and civil society, and are charged with developing commitments for inclusion in…


Register for Open Local Government Workshops

4th June 2021

Open Local Government is a new project from NIOGN, which will see us run a series of workshops across NI. The purpose of the project is to boost the health and effectiveness of local democracy by breaking down barriers to transparency, accountability and participation. Is there something in your local community that would benefit from…


Funding announcement: Open Government – Creating Local Action Hubs

4th May 2021

Written by Lucy Keown, NI Open Government Network Co-ordinator We are pleased to announce that the Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) has received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Great Ideas Fund, which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. Our project, ‘Open Government – Creating Local Action Hubs’, will…


Civil society urged to join groups on government transparency.

29th April 2021

“THIS IS AN OPEN GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY” Civil society urged to join groups on government transparency. For immediate release – 29th April 2021 Representatives from civil society are being urged to sign up for a series of workshops beginning on Wednesday May 5th to make the government more accountable, transparent and participatory. The nine workshops, organised…


Minister Responds to Civil Society Concerns

15th March 2021

The Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, Julia Lopez MP, has responded to civil society organisations who expressed their concern in a joint-letter following the news the UK had been placed ‘under review’ by the Open Government Partnership. In the reply letter, Minister Lopez says she ‘understands’ the concerns of the Open Government Network but…