Public governance

Open Government


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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 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.

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:

  • 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



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




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