This session will showcase stories of open government reforms, told from the perspective of the reformers championing and driving these reforms in their countries. "Honorable mentions" from OGP's four regions - Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia - from this year’s Open Gov Awards will each speak about their winning initiatives. Additionally, real impact stories of early OGP commitments from Chile, Italy, and Costa Rica will be shared.
The Open Government Awards are an annual competition honoring the best and brightest in the open government community. Each year, OGP celebrates reformers who bring about marked improvements in the design or implementation of public policies and services, and demonstrate real impact on citizens lives. This year, our theme is Making Transparency Count, with civil society partners as the primary applicants. We wanted civil society to demonstrate how they used government held data and information to improve civic participation in public life, create new services with social and commercial value, and make government functions more effective. Applications came from diverse regions: 15 from the Americas, 12 from Asia, 11 from Europe, and 4 applications from Africa. The 4 regional awardees will each speak about their winning initiatives.
Results of Early OGP Commitments
Since OGP was launched in 2011 nearly 70 governments have made over 2500 individual open government reform commitments. Many of the early commitments made by governments who presented action plans in 2011 and 2012 have now been implemented. In early 2016, OGP commissioned research on the results of select early OGP commitments in Costa Rica, Chile, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, and Tanzania, to assess the progress made on the reforms and to evaluate whether citizens are starting to benefit from them. The stories of the following commitments will be told by the reformers and activists championing and driving these initiatives, drawing from the findings of the research and their own first-hand experience in adopting and implementing the reforms.
> Costa Rica’s Consultations Mechanisms with Indigenous Populations:
A fireside chat with senior political leaders from Costa Rica will highlight their efforts to implement the Indigenous Tribal People's Convention (a consultation mechanism between government and indigenous populations). 23 years in the making, OGP and its mechanism for collaboration between stakeholders has accelerated this process with the consultation mechanism currently being co-created with local populations in all 24 indigenous territories in Chile. Results of this have also manifested in empowering these groups to work with government institutions in improving access to public services.
> Chile’s Lobby Law:
This is the story of how a sustained campaign by civil society led to the adoption of the Lobby Law in Chile, a first in Latin America. The Law aims to reduce the influence of lobbying activities in Chile and democratize access of citizens to decision makers and is already beginning to show results.
> Italy’s OpenCoesione Initiative and Spin-off Projects:
OpenCoesione is an award-winning open data initiative that shines light on hundreds of thousands of ongoing projects financed by EU structural funds and targeted national resources. It has led to two spin-off projects - Monithon and ASOC - that take this further by empowering citizens, including school children, to monitor the use of the funds, report malpractice and collaborate with local authorities in making the projects work, accelerating their completion and helping them understand how allocations can better respond to local demand.