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The Open Government Partnership UK National Action Plan 2013 to 2015 has been structured to complement the themes of the OGP’s annual summit 2013. The 5 themes of the plan are:
- open data – radically opening up government data for greater accountability, public service improvement and economic growth
- government integrity – fighting corruption and strengthening democracy through transparent government
- fiscal transparency – helping citizens to follow the money
- empowering citizens – transforming the relationship between citizens and governments
- natural resource transparency – ensuring natural resources and extractive revenues are used for public benefit
Under each theme below we have set out the progress we have made to date; our new commitments and timelines; which of the OGP grand challenges the commitment responds to; and, the organisations or groups from civil society that we have worked with to develop and agree each commitment.
The final section of this plan identifies the next steps we will take to implement the commitments and ensure delivery. This includes our approach to reporting on progress and holding to account those who have a role to play in the plan’s success.
An important element of the next steps is how government and civil society will continue to work in partnership with each other.
The UK’s National Action Plan is a result of the UK’s membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) - a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
The UK is one of 8 founding members of the OGP which was launched formally in September 2011 (the remaining founding partners are Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the United States). There are now 61 governments in the OGP. To become a member, participating countries must:
- embrace a high-level Open Government Declaration
- deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation
- commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward
This is the UK’s second National Action Plan. It was sent out for public consultation in line with the requirements laid down by the OGP. The draft plan was produced through a collaborative multi-stakeholder process involving members of the OGP Civil Society Network and government departments. The closing date for consultation responses was 19 September 2013.