Open Government Partnership (OGP) [fr]
The global Summit is also an opportunity for different experts from all over the world to discuss objectives, challenges, experiences, and best practices for the implementation of commitments to open governance.
Created in 2011, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative consisting of 69 member states, non-governmental organizations, and representatives of civil society in a collective governing body.
At the international level, the Partnership is dedicated to promoting transparency in government initiatives and its openness to new forms of consultation and civic participation; improving public integrity and fighting corruption; and using new technology and digital tools to strengthen democracy, promote innovation, and stimulate progress. Since the creation of the Partnership, more than 2000 pro-open government initiatives have been undertaken by member States.
As a place for the sharing of best practices, the OGP is a unique platform that facilitates networking, development, and stimulation of the community of individuals working to reform States around the world.
Starting in 2016, France will assume the presidency of the Partnership alongside Manish Bapna, the Executive Vice President and Director of the World Resources Institute. Furthermore, France will host the global OGP Summit at the end of this year. Representatives of governments, post-secondary institutions, civil society, and international organizations will come together to share their experiences and best practices and to advance the open governance agenda with regard to the major issues of our world. Jean-Vincent Placé, Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification, will represent France at the OGP.
The 2016 OGP Summit will take place in Paris, France, on December 7–9, 2016. The Summit schedule will be co-developed with its participants. The final version will be revealed next September.
The principles of open governance—transparency, collaboration, co-production—are part of the founding texts of our democracy. These principles take on a new dimension in the digital age.
This openness in public initiatives is already being expressed through concrete action:
With regard to transparency in public life: the transparency of public life has taken on new momentum following the legislation passed on October 11, 2013. The High Authority for transparency in public life (Haute autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique [HATVP]), the organization responsible for monitoring, opening, and compiling declarations of assets and interest made by public officials, allows citizens to access this information.
The recent legislation regarding transparency, anti-corruption measures, and the modernization of economic life provides for the creation of a register of representatives of interests, which will also be administered by the HATVP, in order to prevent potential conflicts of interest between economic actors, high-level officials, and members of government;
With regard to civic involvement: the open dialogue regarding the legislation for a digital Republic gave concrete form to open government principles through the methods by which it was developed, its content, and the way that it has been overseen. This process was also an opportunity to improve on the initial text with five additional articles.
With regard to the co-production of the public service: the openness of public data facilitates the emergence of new collaborative opportunities between public actors, associations, local communities, and territorial innovators. The collaborative Base adresse nationale (BAN) project, which mobilizes administrative action and civic participation through OpenStreetMap France, aims to compile a reference document of all addresses in French territory—an invaluable resource for the power of public authorities.
The co-production of open databases makes it possible to improve the quality of the public service. The civic Open Food Facts project, for example, uses public data to provide citizens with precise and useful information about the contents of food products.