The Jakarta Post
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has joined forces with four multilateral institutions to mobilize new investments and technical support to strengthen open government reforms across the world.
The World Bank Group (WBG), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have pledged support to OGP member countries to promote open government and increase accountability, as more than 1,000 participants from over 70 countries gather in London for the OGP Summit on Oct. 31.
The OGP steering committee sees these partnerships as critical to increase the resources available to support participating countries to implement their open government reform commitments. The multilateral partners are also working to expand the OGP by helping countries that wish to become eligible to join.
Last spring, the OGP co-chairs invited each of these four institutions to establish a partnership with the OGP to coordinate efforts more closely.
'The Open Government Partnership is a key initiative driven by many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fifteen countries of the region have voluntarily adhered to the OGP,' IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno said in an official release.
'It is focused on improving government services to citizens, opening governments to public scrutiny and engaging citizens more pro-actively in the making of public policy and the delivery of public services. It is about taking advantage of new technologies in the way governments work, interacting with citizens and improving people's lives. The IDB shares and endorses this approach of the OGP to enhance good governance.'
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