See below for a guest post from MFAN Partner Publish What You Fund about the Open Government Partnership that launched earlier this week at the UN General Assembly.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was launched in New York on Tuesday. The initiative is a “global effort to make governments better [...] more transparent, effective and accountable” and is overseen by eight governments and nine civil society organizations. Forty-six governments have so far agreed to take part, with Canada being the latest signatory.
To become a member, participating countries must make an Open Government Declaration; deliver a country action plan; and report on progress. Country plans were released as the OGP was launched. The US and the UK made important commitments to aid transparency, including to publish information in line with a common standard. The inclusion of aid transparency in their plans at this time is important; as we approach the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, major donors need to be leading by example.
Notably, the UK has committed to publish aid information “from all government departments who spend overseas development assistance (ODA) in line with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standards”. Hopefully the US will publish a timeline for reporting requirements soon, and ensure the comparability of its data with IATI.