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New civil society members of international OGP Steering Committee

16th June 2017

The two new civil society members to join the international Steering Committee are Giorgi Kldiashvili Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), an NGO based in Georgia, and  Tur-Od Lkhagvajav who holds several leading civil society positions in Mongolia. Congratulations to both, and thanks to Ken Coghill, current Chairman of the…

Commitment to establish a Multi Stakeholder Forum

9th June 2017

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet  has announced details of the establishment of the Open Government Forum and called for civil society nominations by 22 June. (Commitment 5.1 in Australia’s National Action Plan.) The Selection Panel to consider nominations and make recommendations to government on appointment will consist of the Co-Chairs of the Interim…

The case for mandatory disclosure by ASX listed extractives companies

31st May 2017

 Jessie Cato, Publish What You Pay – Australia This post was previously published on the Devpolicy Blog and Extractafact. Tracking Australian mining, oil and gas companies around the world is challenging. Australia has one of the largest global footprints of extractives companies operating abroad. Research by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Australia and ESG research house CAER in September…

The Quest for Open Transparent Government

3rd May 2017

This article is published in the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 2017 Press Freedom Report The Chilling Effect     Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares, courtesy Fairfax Photos A year ago the first Turnbull government report card on access to government information was a mixture of hope and disappointment. The year since saw more…

Open Government Multistakeholder Forum: Have your say

24th April 2017

From Co- Chairs Interim Working Group “Open government is the idea – simple and transformative – that governments should be transparent, accountable, and engaging. Government decision-making should be open to scrutiny, because governments work better when that happens. And because better decisions are made when everyone can contribute, governments should invite and facilitate citizen participation,…

PM&C Interim Working Group March meeting

10th April 2017

PM&C Interim Working Group Minutes of the meeting on 28 March. Key points: The Department’s Strategic Coordination Unit had assumed responsibility for coordinating implementation of Australia’s Open Government National Action Plan. (Contacts are Will Story and Alan Wu reporting to Deputy Secretary Steven Kennedy) IWG Terms of Reference extended to cover responsibility for providing oversight…

Endorsement for Ken Coghill

24th March 2017

Network Chairman Dr David Solomon wrote to the Selection Committee commending Ken Coghill’s candidacy for the OGP Steering Committee.  There are 28 candidates. The Steering Committee of the Australian Open Government Partnership Network supports and strongly endorses Dr Ken Coghill for a position as a CSO member of the global OGP Steering Committee. Dr Coghill is…

Why Commitment 1.3-Extractive Industries Transparency-Matters

24th March 2017

From Network member Jessie Cato, National Co-ordinator Publish What You PayAustralia Australia is currently in the process of developing its application to become a candidate country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI is commitment 1.3 in Australia’s National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership. (Australia will enhance disclosure of company payments and…

Co-Creation webinar event: Asia Pacific Region

16th March 2017

From OGP Support Unit: Date and time: March 28, 3pm DST Language: English Speakers: Webinar Chair: Shreya Basu, Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific Kety Tsanava, National Coordinator of Open Government, Georgia Enkhtsetseg Dagva, Program Manager of Open Society Forum, Mongolia Laura Vossler, Independent Reporting Mechanism Research Assistant Description: This month, 29 OGP participating…

Civil society spots on global OGP Steering Committee

13th March 2017

Nominations for two positions closed on 8 March with 28 nominations including two Australians Dr Ken Coghill and Neil Forsyth both members of this network. Details of nominees including supporting material submitted is available here. As part of the selection process members of the OGP civil society community are invited to send endorsements and other…

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