UK Open Gov

The UK Open Government Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability. The OGN mobilises and coordinates civil society to effectively advocate for open government reforms, and works with government to identify, develop and implements the UK’s commitments under the global Open Government Partnership.


BLOG | Dear next government, there is one way to rebuild trust… and it already exists | Kevin Keith

14th June 2024
But the real question may be whether politicians trust us. In the first episode of Yes Minister in 1980, newly appointed Minister Jim Hacker sought to introduce a policy of Open Government to ‘take the nation into our confidence.’  He failed, of course, with his artful Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey musing that citizens have a…
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UK GENERAL ELECTION & OPEN GOVERNMENT

28th May 2024
A public meeting for representatives of civil society organisations to discuss the recently called UK General Election, civil society manifestos, and the possibility of prioritising ‘asks’ and covering wider thematic areas, in addition to Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, in a combined document. If you would like to attend email [email protected]
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Tim Davies | Exploring future UK open government actions on digital governance (Nairobi workshop)

28th March 2024
I recently attended a workshop on governing new and emerging digital technologies, organised by the Open Government Partnership, in Nairobi, Kenya.  Over the first 1.5 days we had the great privilege to hear from civil society and government presenters from across 11 countries about current digital governance actions, agendas and challenges.Then our focus turned to…
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Dr Ben Worthy | Is the UK More open?

8th March 2024
From one point of view, the UK has been through an openness revolution. We take all this data for granted in 2024 but it’s important to remember what a difference it makes. If you wanted to find out, it was quite difficult. To take a very basic measure of democracy, if you wanted to find…
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Anti-corruption, aid transparency, and public procurement headline UK’s 6th open government plan.

18th December 2023
Civil society leaders have today [18/12/23] welcomed the publication of the UK’s 6th National Action Plan (NAP) for Open Government, but stressed ‘more must be done.’ The biennial plan seeks to make the government more ‘open’ by increasing transparency, accountability and public participation in policy-making. It was created jointly by the government and civil society…
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UK Multi-Stakeholder Forum Read-out – 18th October 2023

24th November 2023
The Multi-Stakeholder Forum is a regular meeting which takes place between between government and civil society. It leads the open government process within a country. The read out (produced by government) is below and the accompanying slide deck can be downloaded here. Aim of the meeting The aim of this Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) was to…
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Key Takeaways from the Open Government Partnership’s 2023 Global Summit in Tallin, Estonia

31st October 2023
  I‘ve been providing support to the UK Open Government Network for almost half a year now. And yet, such is the breadth of open government, that I still feel like a relative newcomer. Attending the Open Government Partnership (OGP)’s 2023 Global Summit changed this, so I’m keen to share what I discovered. The summit…
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UK OpenGov Meetup | Thursday 3rd Aug @ 1200 – 1300

19th July 2023
Almost 100 ideas were submitted for the UK’s next National Action Plan for Open Government on everything from anti-corruption to artificial intelligence. The plan seeks to make the government more ‘open’ by increasing the transparency, accountability, and the involvement of the people they serve. So what happens next? Which areas have been prioritised? How and…
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UK Multi-Stakeholder Forum Read-out – 22nd June 2023

19th July 2023
The Multi-Stakeholder Forum is a regular meeting which takes place between between government and civil society. It leads the open government process within a country. The read out (produced by government) is below and the accompanying slide deck can be downloaded here. Aim of the meeting  The aim of this Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) was to…
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UK OGN statement: Boris Johnson MP / Committee of Privileges report

15th June 2023
On 21 April 2022, the House of Commons passed a motion tabled by the leader of the Labour Party, calling for the then prime minister, Boris Johnson, to be investigated by the Commons Privileges Committee for having potentially misled parliament over ‘partygate’ allegations. On 9 June 2023, after receiving a draft of the committee’s final…
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