Deputy to the presidential chief of staff, the national focal point for Open Government Partnership
Can open government help eradicate poverty? How does it restore public trust in the government? To what extent can open government improve the quality of public service delivery? Why does openness count in ensuring environmental sustainability? Does open government impact development at all?
Those were some of the major questions addressed in the Asia Pacific Leaders Forum (APLF) on Open Government in Jakarta last week. The outcome provided a clear directive forward: open government does not just foster development. It is both the necessity for and the substance of development itself.
In facing challenges such as poverty, the shrinking of civic space, environmental degradation and poor public service delivery, openness in a government becomes an inherent indicator. The question is, how should we rationalize such a directive?
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