Nigeria is now a participating country in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). To join OGP, countries must commit to uphold the principles of open and transparent government by endorsing the Open Government Declaration.
Through endorsing this Declaration, countries commit to “foster a global culture of open government that empowers and delivers for citizens, and advances the ideals of open and participatory 21st century government.”
The Declaration has been endorsed by 69 Open Government Partnership countries, and the countries that are currently developing action plans will send a letter endorsing the Declaration together with their final approved action plan.
OGP’s vision is that more governments become sustainably more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to their own citizens, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of governance, as well as the quality of services that citizens receive. This will require a shift in norms and culture to ensure genuine dialogue and collaboration between governments and civil society.
OGP aspires to support both government and civil society reformers by elevating open government to the highest levels of political discourse, providing ‘cover’ for difficult reforms, and creating a supportive community of like-minded reformers from countries around the world.
There are three primary ways for Open Government Partnership to help make sure the right conditions are in place for countries to deliver ambitious open government reforms:
1) Maintain high-level political leadership and commitment to OGP within participating countries
2) Support domestic reformers with technical expertise and inspiration
3) Foster more engagement in OGP by a diverse group of citizens and civil society organizations
In addition, OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) seeks to:
4) Ensure that countries are held accountable for making progress toward achieving their OGP commitments.