Why we are working towards Open Government

12/07/2013 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Dóchas members know the power of open data. In our work, we have come across many examples where our work has been complicated by the lack of reliable statistics. Likewise, we can point to a good few examples of where NGOs have been creative in dealing with these challenges.

In May this year, we hosted a conference on Aid Transparency, which built on our years of work on NGO accountability and transparency. And now we have put our weight behind an initiative in Ireland, aimed at building a strong national action plan on “Open Government”.

The “Open Government Partnership” aims to secure commitments from governments to share more information about their activities. “The intention is to increase civic participation in decision-making, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.”

Over the coming weeks the people of Ireland will be asked what they consider important in creating a more Open Government in our country. As civil society organisations we must play a role in these discussions and in the formulation of the new national Action Plan.

So take this opportunity, and have your say!

 

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