Together with five other human rights NGOs – Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, SOS Malta, Integra Foundation, Kopin and Repubblika – we sent a letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to live up to Malta’s committments in the Open Government Partnership process (OGP)
What is OGP?
“The Open Government Partnership is based on the idea that an open government is more accessible, more responsive, and more accountable to citizens, and that improving the relationship between people and their government has long-term, exponential benefits for everyone.
OGP is a broad partnership that includes members at the national and local level and thousands of civil society organizations. Through the Partnership, these powerful forces work together to co-create two-year action plans with concrete steps – commitments – across a broad range of issues.
This unique model ensures that civil society organizations or direct citizen engagement has a role in shaping and overseeing governments. Collectively, more than 4,000 commitments have been made globally.
Action plans are at the core of participation in OGP. They are created by combining the forces of government and civil society, working together to define ambitious commitments across a range of issues. The OGP Handbook describes the roles and responsibilities of members and provides guidance for developing action plans.
Members are considered to be officially participating in OGP once they have begun to consult with civil society organizations to develop an action plan.
At the start of this process, members are encouraged to set up a mechanism to facilitate ongoing consultations with civil society and opportunities for public input.”