The Open Government Partnership (OGP)

The Open Government Partnership is 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. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations.

To become a member of OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward.

The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration, and announced their country action plans. Since 2011, OGP has welcomed the commitment of 67 additional governments to join the Partnership.

In total, over 70 OGP participating countries and 15 subnational governments have made over 2,500 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.

How To Join

Governments interested in participating in the Open Government Partnership should take the following steps:

1. Achieve Eligibility

The first step towards full OGP participation is meeting the OGP eligibility criteria. In order to be eligible to participate in OGP, governments must demonstrate a minimum level of commitment to open government principles in four key areas (Fiscal Transparency, Access to Information, Asset Disclosures, and Citizen Engagement). A country is eligible to join the OGP if it meets those criteria measured by objective governance indicators using public data sources. To participate in OGP, countries must score at least 75% of the total possible points available to them.

For a detailed explanation of eligibility criteria and how countries are scored to determine eligibility as well as a list of eligible countries please click here.  Questions about OGP eligibility can be directed to the 

2. Submit Letter of Intent

If a country meets OGP eligibility criteria, the government should signal its intent to participate in OGP by sending a letter to the OGP Co-Chairs with copy to the OGP Support Unit.

The letter of intent formally expresses the government’s intention to join OGP and commitment to respect the open government principles articulated in the Open Government Declaration. The letter of intent will be published on the OGP website.  In terms of content, the letter should confirm that the government is eligible to join OGP, specifically endorse the Open Government Declaration, describe past open government reforms, and specify the individual that will be responsible for OGP within the government. 

This letter can come from any agency within government, as long as that agency has received approval from the Head of State to join the initiative. The letter should be signed by a Ministerial-level official.  

3. Identify a Lead Ministry or Agency

A member of the Support Unit’s Government Support and Exchange Team will connect with your government’s designated representative soon after receiving the letter in order to answer any questions and provide an orientation to OGP.  The Support Unit will also connect the government representative with relevant technical experts or other resources.  The Support Unit recommends the official point of contact is a senior civil servant in a function that typically coordinates across government.  Chapter one of the OGP government points of contact manual describes the responsibilities of the point of contact (English, Spanish, and French).

4. Develop an OGP National Action Plan

National Action Plans are at the core of a country’s participation in OGP. They are the product of a co-creation process in which government and civil society define ambitious commitments to foster transparency, accountability and public participation. Chapters 2 and 3 of the OGP government points of contact manual describe the process for developing a National Action Plan.

Countries are only considered to be officially participating in OGP once the government has started to consult with civil society organizations and develop a national action plan.  The Support Unit recommends that government and civil society agree on a timeline for developing the action plan soon after first meeting, and that the timeline should be published.  

At the start of this process, governments are also strongly encouraged to set up a permanent mechanism to facilitate ongoing consultations with civil society and opportunities for public input.  Guidance on how to develop that mechanism is here (additional guidance on consultations is here).

Content of the country National Action Plan for OGP

Participating countries in the Open Government Partnership pledge to deliver country action plans that elaborate on concrete commitments on open government. In each country, these commitments are developed and implemented through a multi-stakeholder process, ideally with the active engagement of citizens and civil society.

Commitments should be relevant to four main values: Access to Information, Civic Participation, Public Accountability, and Tech. and Innovation for Transparency and Accountability.

Commitments should be also structured around, at least, one of the five grand challenges defined by OGP:

  • Improving Public Services—measures that address the full spectrum of citizen services (including health, education, criminal justice, water, electricity, telecommunications and any other relevant service areas) by fostering public service improvement or private sector innovation.
  • Increasing Public Integrity—measures that address corruption and public ethics, access to information, campaign finance reform, and media and civil society freedom;
  • More Effectively Managing Public Resources—measures that address budgets, procurement, natural resources and foreign assistance;
  • Creating Safer Communities—measures that address public safety, the security sector, disaster and crisis response, and environmental threats;
  • Increasing Corporate Accountability—measures that address corporate responsibility on issues such as the environment, anti-corruption, consumer protection, and community engagement.

As mentioned before, commitments should be developed through a consultative, multi-stakeholder process where government actively involves  citizens and civil society. Developing commitments without input from citizens and civil society is contrary to the OGP Declaration of Principles.

Jordan in OGP

Jordan officially joined OGP in 2011 by submitting  letter of intent to the OGP. The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation was the official body to coordinate and follow up on Jordan participation in the OGP. Since 2018 the Ministry established the Open Government Unit, which is mandated for follow up on Jordan commitment to the OGP and enhancing the Open government practices in the country.

Jordan National Action Plans to OGP:

Jordan’s OGP Fourth National Action Plan 2018-2020

Important documents and videos

Progress Report for Jordan’s OGP 4th National Action Plan  "Google Drive"

The Development Process of Jordan’s OGP Fourth National Action Plan (Short video) 

The Fourth National Action Plan 2018 – 2020

Consultations Report: Public commenting period under phase IX of the general consultancy process for developing Jordan's OGP fourth National Action Plan (2018-2020)

Jordan's OGP Fourth National Action Plan 2018-2020 -Consultation Methodology

Report on the Results of Civil society survey for Jordan's OGP fourth National Action Plan 2018-2020 (video)

Report on the Results of Civil society survey for Jordan's OGP fourth National Action Plan 2018-2020 (PDF)

Individual answers of Civil society survey for Jordan's OGP fourth National Action Plan 2018-2020

Jordan’s OGP Third National Action Plan 2016-2018

Important documents

End of Term Self - Assessment Report  / OGP National Action Plan 2016 - 2018

Jordan's OGP Third National Action Plan 2016-2018

 Jordan's OGP Third National Action Plan 2016-2018 -  Self-Assessment Report

Jordan's OGP Third National Action Plan 2016-2018 -Consultation Methodology (Arabic)

Results of Civil society survey for Jordan's OGP Third National Action Plan 2016-2018 (Arabic)

Jordan’s OGP Second National Action Plan 2014-2016

Important documents

 Jordan’s OGP Second National Plan 2014-2016

 Jordan’s OGP Second National Plan 2014-2016- self-Assessment Report

Jordan’s OGP First National Action Plan 2012-2013

Important documents

Jordan’s OGP Jordan first Action Plan 2012-2013

 Jordan’s OGP Jordan first Action Plan 2012-2013 – Self assessment  Report


Relevant links

OGP Official Website

Jordan page on OGP Website

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