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Transparency Triumph of the Week: Open Government Partnership making first forays into open government promotion

The Open Government Partnership Forum last week marked a step forward in its goal of encouraging transparency and accountability efforts among governments around the world.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the OGP as a support network for leaders and citizens committed to improving transparency in countries worldwide, according to an article from the Brookings Institution.

The program’s emphasis on multilateral cooperation is key, as it will take efforts from all levels of power and influence to achieve its goal.

Civil society organizations were mentioned during the forum as important factors in encouraging open government.

The OGP has a tough road ahead – promoting transparency on a global scale is a tall order to fill. But starting a discussion on these issues is an important first step, and the forum last week succeeded in that respect.

– Morgan Watkins

Morgan Watkins is SPJ’s summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern and a University of Florida student. Reach her by email (mwatkins@spj.org) or connect with her on Twitter (@morganwatkins26).

 

Transparency Triumph of the Week: Kenya web portal provides tons of gov info

Kenya bolstered its FOI efforts with the July 8 launch of a web portal that provides free information access to the public.

The Kenyan Open Government Data Portal has been heralded as the first project of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and will provide a variety of data, according to Yahoo! News.

The right to information was included in the new Kenyan constitution adopted in 2010, although the country hasn’t enacted a freedom of information law yet.

The system provides information on government spending, 2009 census data, health and other topics. The website includes a catalog of all available data (currently clocking in at 160+ datasets) for visitors to explore.

The Kenyan government is making this information more easily accessible not only to improve transparency, but also because it can help policy makers develop plans based on the data available through the portal, according to the website.

– Morgan Watkins

Morgan Watkins is SPJ’s summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern and a University of Florida student. Reach her by email (mwatkins@spj.org) or connect with her on Twitter (@morganwatkins26).

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