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Open Gov Week 2021 Toolkit

Join us May 17-21!

  • WHAT: Open Gov Week (OGW) is a global call to action to transform the way governments serve their citizens. In 2021, Open Gov Week will be centered around OGP’s Open Response + Recovery + Renewal campaign.
  • WHEN: May 17-21, 2021
  • WHERE: Online, in OGP countries and local governments - 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 | Collaborate with other citizens, organizations and government | Advocate your government or local civil society organization to address your concerns.

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

Can I host an event during OGW?

Of course! 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.

We encourage you to host and attend 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.

What kind of events can I host?

Whatever you want it to be. This event could include activities such as webinars, hackathons, public debates, and other events to get citizens, governments, and civil society organizations involved in open government efforts. Check out some examples of what other countries have done below.

I want to participate in an event during Open Gov Week. Where do I start?

Go to www.opengovweek.org/map to find events on open government taking place in your own vicinity, whether it’s online or at a specific location. Share an event you find interesting on social media to invite more people.

Are there any resources available to promote my event?

If you want to promote your event on social media, the press, or create materials for your event, you can access graphical assets here.

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.

Check back at www.opengovweek.org to see new events added each week or #OpenGovWeek for the latest updates.

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.

When planning your OGW activities consider:

  • Hosting an event online and following local health and safety guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19
  • Using publicly accessible online platforms to include more groups in your community
  • Inviting underrepresented groups including: women’s organizations, youth networks, or marginalized communities to participate in a discussion
  • Ensuring events are gender balanced, and that all are giving meaningful opportunities to speak
  • Inviting a multitude of sectors (government, civil society, the private sector, academia) to have rich conversations
  • Including government institutions from different branches of government
  • Partnering with other organizations or government institutions to bring more participants

Want to organize and event but don’t know where to start? Check out some examples of what other countries have done below or in our 2019 recap blog. Check what others are doing this year here.

AFRICA

Code for Africa and the SlashRoots Foundation hosted a webinar for more than 50 participants where they shared open data techniques like how to use and visualize data in new and exciting ways.

AMERICAS

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.

ASIA

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.

EUROPE

Italy’s Settimana dell’Amministrazione Aperta inspired Open Gov Week and has seen over 100 events every year focused on co-creation, accountability, anti-corruption, and transparency. From art exhibits to debates and hackathons, Italy has become a pioneer in OGW events.

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 and banners for your social media profiles. All of these and their editable files are available for download here.

SUGGESTED TWEETS

We have an opportunity to take on the systemic weaknesses the #COVID19 pandemic shined a light on and renew our societies. Join us during #OpenGovWeek to co-create and implement ambitious reforms: www.opengovweek.org #OpenRenewal

How can citizen movements renew our societies? This year, invite new voices to participate in #OpenGovWeek and join other leaders, doers, and thinkers in discussing solutions and committing to real action in #OpenGov. Learn more at www.opengovweek.org.

Together we can drive a transparent recovery from #COVID19, tackle systemic inequalities, address threats to civic space, and enhance public participation during #OpenGovWeek: opengovweek.org #OpenRenewal

#OpenGovWeek starts on May 17! Join thousands of citizens working with civil society, governments, and @opengovpart to openly debate and discuss #OpenGov and ways to renew our societies in a post #COVID19 world. Learn more at www.opengovweek.org

Excited to take part in #OpenGovWeek starting on May 17-21. Let’s unite citizens and governments in showcasing open, accountable and inclusive leadership to renew our societies. Visit www.opengovweek.org for more.

I'm taking part in #OpenGovWeek because I believe we need to create a culture of collaboration between citizens and governments to renew our societies and tackle the biggest challenges of our time: www.opengovweek.org.

We're taking part in #OpenGovWeek because we believe that when citizens, civil society and govts collaborate, we can ensure a transparent response to #COVID19, tackle inequalities, foster public participation, and protect civic space. www.opengovweek.org.

SUGGESTED FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM POSTS

Great to see @OpenGovernmentPartnership announce #OpenGovWeek. On May 3-10 citizens, governments, and members of civil society around the world will come together in the name of #OpenGov to transform the way governments respond to the citizens they serve. Learn more about how you can ensure a transparent response to #COVID19, tackle inequalities, foster public participation, and protect civic space in your city or country: opengovweek.org

Get inspired. Get involved. Join the thousands of people around the world who are working on the 100+ OGP action plans to strengthen #OpenGov in their communities, cities, and countries. This May 17-21, be a part of #OpenGovWeek and help us create more transparent, accountable, responsive, and inclusive governments. Learn more here: opengovweek.org

#OpenGovWeek is a unique opportunity for people like you and me to have an influence on how our government interacts with its citizens. Together we can co-create solutions to the biggest challenges of our time www.opengovweek.org

Participation is fundamental to advancing #OpenGov. That's why we invite citizens, civil society, the private sector, and anyone else interested to join us for #OpenGovWeek May 17-21. This is a chance for people across the world to have their voices heard & tackle the systemic weaknesses the #COVID19 pandemic shined a light on. Join us: www.opengovweek.org