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Directorate for Public Governance

Civic Space

 

WHY CIVIC SPACE

Promoting and protecting civic space (i.e. the possibility for citizens to be informed, organise, and freely participate in public life) is a precondition for good governance and inclusive growth, as well as for effective and efficient open government policies and stakeholder participation initiatives. This area of work focuses on collecting data and good practices on the legal, institutional, and policy frameworks for stakeholders’ participation in OECD and selected partners. 


ONGOING ACTIVITIES

  • A Civic Space Survey will broaden and deepen the section on stakeholder participation of the OECD Governance of Open Government (GOOG) Survey in order to take stock of governments’ role in creating, enabling and protecting an environment that allows citizens and civil society to play an active role in policymaking and service delivery.
  • Civic Space Scans to provide a qualitative assessment intended to complement data collected through the GOOG Survey and produce with tailored policy recommendations for participating countries based on OECD good practices.
  • Building upon the data and innovative practices collected, an International Report will be published identifying key trends in this field and good practices that effectively promote and protect civic space and enhance citizen participation.

In line with the OECD outreach strategy for Civil Society, the OECD Secretariat will consult with the members of the OECD Working Party on Open Government (WPOG) in 2020 on how best to engage with civic space stakeholders, including the possibility of organising a Civil Society Forum (CSF). In addition, the Secretariat has created an informal Advisory Group to support the above mentioned activities. The Group is composed of representatives from the OECD Secretariat, the Chair and interested delegates of the OECD Working Party on Open Government, and representatives of selected strategic partners from civil society, private sector, and academia. 


OECD OBSERVATORY OF CIVIC SPACE

To increase the visibility of the current and planned work on civic space, these activities will be rebranded as the OECD Observatory of Civic Space. The Observatory builds on almost two decades of OECD work on open government, supporting governance cultures based on transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation.  The OECD Recommendation on Open Government recognises the promotion and protection of civic space, as well as stakeholder participation initiatives, as essential to effective and efficient open government policies.

 


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