The internet, social media, smartphones and access to real-time information have not only made people's daily lives easier, but have changed expectations of how products and services are delivered. This shift affects the way citizens view and interact with businesses, and has raised expectations of their interactions with government.
People are demanding transparency, accountability, access to information and competent service delivery from their governments. They expect policies and services to be tailored to their needs, and to address their concerns.
Open government - the opening up of government processes, proceedings, documents and data for public scrutiny and involvement - is now considered a fundamental element of a democratic society. Greater transparency and public participation can lead not only to better policies and services, they can also promote public sector integrity, which is essential to regaining and maintaining citizens' trust in the neutrality and reliability of public administrations.
THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COUNCIL ON OPEN GOVERNMENT WAS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL ON 14 DECEMBER 2017
More information on the online consultation leading to the Recommendation.
The OECD Networks on Open and Innovative Government are active in the MENA region, Latin America and the Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
They serve as platforms to provide countries from the respective regions with the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and knowledge on how to build better and stronger public institutions in the areas of:
The Networks seek to:
Partnering with citizens
The OECD is a partner of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which supports the design and implementation of open government strategies. We also work with public officials and civil society to identify innovative policy approaches to open government. Through our workshops on capacity building, we provide policy makers and representatives from civil society with advice on how to make open government a reality.
Our comprehensive approach to open government examines the following areas:
Open Government Week in Tunis, Tunisia 13-15 March, 2018
Open Government at the Local Level in Salé, Morocco 10 October, 2017
Open Government at the Local Level in La Marsa, Sayada & Sfax City, Tunisia February-March 2017