Directorate for Public Governance

Open Government


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People across the world are calling for more openness in government. Citizens are seeking public administrations that are more transparent, accountable and responsive, and are increasingly collaborating with public sector institutions to achieve these principles. They also expect policies and services to address their concerns and be tailored to their needs. Open government strategies and initiatives are key to renewing citizens' relationship with public officials and to regaining their trust in government. There is also increasing recognition that Open Government can play a pivotal role in supporting good governance, democracy and inclusive growth.


Open government strategies and initiatives are built upon the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation. The OECD supports countries around the world to strengthen a culture of open government policies by providing policy advice and recommendations on how to integrate these core principles into public sector reform efforts.


The Recommendation is available on the online Compendium of OECD Legal Instruments in English and French. The recommendation is also available in Spanish

Summaries of the Recommendation are available in English, FrenchSpanish and Arabic.

The Recommendation describes key principles:

  • Transparency

Government transparency is understood as the disclosure and subsequent accessibility of relevant government data and information.

  • Integrity

Public integrity refers to the consistent alignment of, and adherence to, shared ethical values, principles and norms for upholding and prioritising the public interest over private interests in the public sector.

  • Accountability

Accountability refers to the governments’ responsibility and duty to inform its citizens about the decisions it makes as well as to provide an account of the activities and performance of the entire government and its public officials.

  • Stakeholder participation

The OECD Recommendation of the Council on Open Government defines stakeholder participation as: all the ways in which stakeholders can be involved in the policy cycle and in service design and delivery, including through the provision of information, consultation and engagement. 

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:

  • Open government and citizen participation
  • Public sector innovation
  • Digital governance and open data

 The Networks seek to:

  • Connect reformers from government, civil society, business associations, and other relevant multilateral institutions
  • Identify good practices of open and innovative governments
  • Provide examples and recommendations to network members on how to sequence open government reforms and support their implementation.

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:

  • Whole of government coordination
  • Civic engagement and access to information
  • Budget transparency
  • Integrity and the fight against corruption
  • Use of ICT, social media and open data
  • Local development


The Toolkit Navigator

Call for cases of longer-form deliberative processes used by public institutions for policy making! Submit your case by 31 August and be included in the OECD Future of Democracy Report! 


Strengthening Participatory Approaches to Local Governance, Tunis, Tunisia 8-10 May, 2018


Open Government Week in Tunis, Tunisia 13-15 March, 2018


Workshop on Institutional Communication: Promoting Openness & Participation, Caserta Training Centre, Naples, Italy 12-13 December, 2017


Open Government at the Local Level in Salé, Morocco 10 October, 2017


Towards More Effective Citizen Participation in Public Life Conference in Rabat, Morocco 4 October, 2017


Open Government at the Local Level in La Marsa, Sayada & Sfax City, Tunisia February-March 2017





Communicating Open Government: A How-to Guide


The Role of Ombudsman Institutions in Open Government


Towards a New Partnership with Citizens: Jordan's Decentralisation Reform


Open Government: The Global Context and the Way Forward


Towards an Open Government in Kazakhstan

See more OECD publications on Open Government