- WHAT: OpenGovWeek (OGW) is a global call to action to transform the way governments serve their citizens.
- WHEN: May 3-10, 2020
- WHERE: OGP countries or anywhere open government leaders are striving to make a difference.
- WHO: Open government activists, civil servants, the private sector - everyone!
- HOW: Attend an event, online or in person | Collaborate with other citizens and government | Advocate your government or local civil society organization to address your concerns.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is OpenGovWeek?
OpenGovWeek (OGW) is a global call to action to transform the way governments serve their citizens. For one week in May, open government champions, leaders and thinkers from around the world host or attend events to share ideas, discuss solutions, and commit to new levels of citizen participation in government.
Where is OGW taking place?
All around the world. More than 70 countries have hosted events, from Canada to South Africa, from Spain to the Philippines.
When is OGW happening?
OGW is taking place from May 3 to 10, 2020.
I am not a government official or work for a civil society organization. Can I still participate?
Of course! OpenGovWeek is for all who believe that citizens should play a role in how the government makes decisions. Everyday citizens have both attended and hosted events in previous iterations of OGW
Do I need to register for OGW?
If you are planning on attending an event, there is no need to register for Open Gov Week. However, some events you might consider attending may require some sort of registration.
If you are planning on hosting an event, you can register your event by filling out the form at www.opengovweek.org/submit-an-event
ATTEND AN EVENT
Look for an event near you! Go to www.opengovweek.org/map to find events on open government taking place in your own vicinity, whether it’s online or at specific location. Share an event you find interesting on social media to invite more people.
HOST AN EVENT
If you want to advance open government in your community, city, or country, please consider organizing events and activities as part of this week of action. This event could include activities such as seminars, hackathons, public debates, webinars, and other events to get citizens, governments, and civil society organizations involved in open government efforts. Check out the Open Gov Hub’s Guide to Great Events to produce more impactful and effective events.
Go to www.opengovweek.org/submit-an-event and fill out the form to submit your event. Provide as much detail as possible about the activity and share with local partners and others to secure a broad audience. You can also share on social media using #OpenGovWeek.
Nigeria has hosted dozens of events at the local and national level. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was the keynote speaker for the kick-off event in 2018 where he highlighted Nigeria’s commitments to open government and how becoming a part of OGP has led Nigeria to strengthen its fight against corruption. Nigeria capped off the the week with an Open Gov Week rally on the streets of Abuja, where citizens, civil society organizations, and government officials raised awareness of OGP and the work citizens have done to advance the open government agenda.
Liberia held numerous high-level events including a roundtable at the Monrovia City Hall, a multistakeholder meeting with President George Weah, and an Open Government Partnership rally. Liberia also took this opportunity to share findings and recommendations in the report from OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM).
In 2019, Argentina used Open Gov Week to co-create their fourth OGP action plan (2019-2021) and invited women’s organizations, indigenous communities, government officials, and civil society groups to draft 15 commitments across a variety of policy areas including gender, justice, and anti-corruption. You can learn more about it here.
The ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network (OPN) hosted their 4th OPN Gathering during OGW 2019 to discuss strategies to strengthen parliamentary oversight and foster openness across all branches of the State. This provided a space for parliamentarians from across the hemisphere to engage in working sessions with subject-matter experts and civil society representatives on these important issues.
Youth groups in Indonesia gathered to discuss how elections impact open government and what young people can do to contribute to peaceful transitions and influence policy. Civil society organizations also hosted activities on local governance, civic engagement, and public service delivery. Attended by government officials, key civil society actors including Academia and private sector, as well as everyday citizens, most of these events also served as initial discussions to better co-create their 2018-2020 OGP action plan.
In the Philippines, EITI hosted a workshop to discuss ways to make the ownership of extractive companies more transparent and accountable. The workshop aimed to convene an inter-agency and multi-stakeholder forum to discuss ways forward and concrete action steps to implement the Beneficial Ownership Roadmap, integrate BO and PEP disclosure in the PH-EITI reporting process, and establish an online BO register.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
You can also join the thousands of people around the world participating in Open Gov Week through several social media platforms. Join the conversation via:
Thank you for sharing our messages for #OpenGovWeek. Your support to spread the word about this global call to action by posting to social media will continue to make governments more open, inclusive, and accountable around the world. We have included suggested social media posts below for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well as social media graphics to illustrate your messages.