The countries participating in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) are shifting their attention from "getting the basics right" to innovative measures and reforms that translate into actions capable of generating real change. After 'public service delivery', the areas 'fiscal openness' and 'access to information' are the most prevailing in the commitments for 2015-2016.
These are the main conclusions from an analysis of the latest National Action Plans by the OGP.
The authors of the report have analysed 812 commitments of 49 countries in total. Six overarching themes were identified in the 2015-2016 National Action Plans:
- beneficial ownership: disclosing the actual owners and beneficiaries behind companies;
- civic space: strengthening citizen participation and addressing the narrowing of civic space;
- climate change: addressing climate change through participatory and transparent reforms;
- open contracting: making public procurement more transparent;
- service delivery: ensuring public services such as education, health, and water are more effective and responsive; and
- subnational reforms: bringing the OGP method to all levels of government.
The second part of the report consists of appealing examples of commitments from each of the OGP countries.