The OGP is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder international initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to their citizenry to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The OGP’s central mission is to drive open government reform and innovation at the country level, and to stretch countries beyond their current baseline in the areas of transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement.
- Meet the minimum eligibility criteria in four key areas: fiscal and budget transparency, access to information, asset disclosure for public and elected officials, and basic protections for civil liberties/citizen engagement;
- Signal the government's intent to participate in the OGP by sending a letter of commitment to open government and intent to participate in the OGP to the OGP Steering Committee for posting on the OGP portal;
- Undertake broad public consultation to inform the government's OGP commitments, and identify a multi-stakeholder forum for regular public consultation on OGP implementation;
- Develop an OGP country plan with concrete commitments reflecting the four core open government principles of transparency, citizen participation, accountability, and technology and innovation; and including active engagement of citizens, civil society, and peer consultation with participants and the Steering Committee;
- Publicly endorse the OGP Declaration of Principles and deposit the final country action plan on the OGP portal.
- Publish a self-assessment report on progress after 12 months of OGP implementation, and cooperate with the Independent Reporting Mechanism in generating its own report.
- Contribute to the advancement of open government in other countries by sharing best practices, expertise, technical assistance, technologies, and resources, as appropriate.