The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has been named the winner of the 2014 Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award for its achievements of encouraging and facilitating the forum for governments worldwide to commit to greater transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. The Commitment to Development “Ideas to Action” Award, bestowed annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization for making a significant contribution to changing attitudes and policies of the rich and powerful toward the developing world. The award was presented by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and accepted by representatives of the OGP at an event on November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Representatives from The Hunger Project attended the event.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to improve the quality of governance and of the services that citizens receive. OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency and accountability, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP was launched in 2011 when the eight founding governments of Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States formally adopted the Open Government Declaration and announced their national action plans. Since then, the partnership has grown to 65 countries, representing a third of the world’s population. Participating governments have made over 2,000 commitments to be more open and accountable to their citizens.
OGP provides a platform for open government advocates in national governments and civil societies to share information to learn what works for each country contextually. It facilitates a productive, global exchange of information on transparency issues that encourages countries to aspire to and achieve ambitious national action plans. OGP utilizes an Independent Reporting Mechanism that evaluates how well participating countries are delivering on their commitments to reform and engaging with civil society. This allows OGP to ensure that real change is happening on the ground in OGP participating countries and that this change is benefiting citizens.
The Hunger Project congratulates OGP and supports all global efforts towards the realization of open, accountable and participatory governance.