Welcome to the third annual Open Gov Week (OGW). In 2018 and 2019, over 50 countries held more than 700 events around the globe. We had to pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, but we are excited to once again bring together doers, leaders, and thinkers to share ideas, discuss solutions, and inspire reforms everywhere.
In 2021, Open Gov Week will be centered around the next phase of OGP’s Open Response + Open Recovery campaign: Open Renewal.
Open Renewal coincides with OGP’s 10th anniversary and is intended to renew the spirit, optimism and energy that first launched OGP and to put it to use to address the challenges of today, including advancing accountability and transparency, tackling systemic inequalities, protecting civic space, and enhancing citizen participation.
100 + OGP action plans are being co-created this year and we all have an opportunity to explore bold, ambitious reforms during Open Gov Week through webinars, online consultations, hackathons, and more.
So bring big hearts, bright ideas and your colleagues and join us in May!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Open Gov Week?
Open Gov Week (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 7 to 21, 2021.
Should I plan events even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The safety of OGW participants is of utmost importance to us. We encourage participants to host and attend events online and follow local health guidelines.
I am not a government official or work for a civil society organization. Can I still participate?
Of course! Open Gov Week 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 online in your area! 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.
We encourage participants to attend events online and follow local health guidelines.
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 online 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. You can also check out the Open Gov Hub's guide to virtual events created for its members and now available to the whole Open Gov Week community!
We encourage participants to host events online and follow local health guidelines.
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.
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. This series of events was attended in person and online. You can learn more about it here.
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:
- HASHTAG: #OpenGovWeek
- LINKED HASHTAGS: #OpenGov, #OpenResponse, #OpenRecovery, #OpenRenewal
- WEBSITE: https://www.opengovweek.org
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 and banners for your social media profiles. All of these and their editable files are available for download here.