Kicking off the Open Government Project

Join us on our journey towards the next UK open government National Action Plan! We are kicking off with an event on 13 July (9.30am to 4pm) with Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was established in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. The UK was a founding member of the OGP because we believe that transparency – open, accountable and inclusive institutions – helps countries to thrive. Since then, the OGP has grown from eight to 65 participating countries and in all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

At the core of the OGP is the requirement that each country develops a National Action Plan to advance transparency, accountability, participation and technological innovation. The UK has already delivered two successful National Action Plans and now we have our sights set on a third. This will tackle new and ambitious commitments as well as building on past successes, such as the UK’s first ever Anti-Corruption Plan.

The launch event for the Open Government Project – hosted jointly by the Cabinet Office Transparency Team and UK Open Government Civil Society Network – will kick off a series of events and conversations up and down the UK, interrogating what it means to be an open and transparent government and asking how far we can stretch our collective ambition. Over the next six months, civil society and government will work together to develop our new open government National Action Plan. This plan will set the standards for open government, with clear commitments, milestones and benchmarks against which we can measure our progress.

The event will help shape the vision for this work and Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, will deliver a keynote speech. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of experts on global innovations in open government, and can take part in workshops and activities that identify challenges and generate ideas.

For more information on the event, view the draft agenda (attached). To sign up to attend click here.


Weren't able to make it to the event? It's not too late to get involved. Sign-up to the UK Open Government Network's online forum to participate in discussions as this project progresses.

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