Open Government Partnership

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…

Making Local Government Work

One could argue that citizens are more aware of local problems than are public officials. However, active citizenry that takes party in decision making on both locally concerning and national issues requires an enabling environment that empowers and incentivizes people. The very aspect of initiatives on local democracy or social accountability should be empowering enough…

Apply for Sunlight’s 2014 International Exchange Program for Open Government Activists

Re-posted from sunlightfoundation.com As part of our international program, the Sunlight Foundation have been working to expand public access to government information on a global scale. To help achieve this goal, we frequently engage in knowledge sharing and provide technical expertise and capacity to like-minded organizations in other countries. Exchanges between Sunlight staff and members of…

The Indonesia Governance Index: A Pioneering National Effort to Assess Governance

The Indonesia Governance Index (IGI) was created to comprehensively assess local governance and to advocate for good governance practices at the local level. The Index measures the performance of provincial-level governments based on 89 indicators and openly shares the information with Indonesian citizens. It publishes profiles of each province’s performance, rankings of provinces, and data…

The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation

The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP) was initiated through its first Global Assembly held in Tanzania at the end of 2011. BTAP believes that “transparent and inclusive budgets are a key piece to improve service delivery, poverty alleviation, the realization of human rights, social justice, and environmental sustainability.”  Currently, the independent…

World Bank – Open Budget Portal

The World Bank’s Open Budget Portal launched on December 2013 is a first-ever one-stop shop for accessing budget data worldwide.  While most initiatives on open budgets center on availability of key documents, the portal focused on the quality of data dissemination and its analytical use for decision-making processes. The portal represents a starting point to…

Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Service

Many social innovations such as Earth Day have origi­nated from ideas and suggestions offered by individuals outside the government, and community-based movements often spurs government agencies to act on such ideas. “Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Services: Lessons Learned and Best Practices” published by IBM Center for The Business of Government present an innovative…

Administration Component

The administration of local governments and the ability to operate independently are widely agreed upon as important in order to achieve both the MDGs and local priorities. Unfortunately, administration capabilities are  one of the most difficult aspects of government to measure. By focusing on specific countries, regions, or local communities, it is possible to gain a more…

Solving the Problem of Participation: Putting Arstein’s Ladder into Action

In the World Bank’s most recent report “Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?”, the authors look at participatory development and test the idea that “a more engaged citizenry should be able to achieve a higher level of cooperation and make government more accountable.”  They found that participants in civic activities tend to be wealthier, more educated, of higher social…

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. NED fosters the growth of a wide…