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The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a voluntary international initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to their citizenry to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Norway began participating in OGP as one of the eight founding countries in 2011. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) carries out an annual review of the activities of each country that participates in OGP, and through this project, FNI is commissioned as the IRM reviewer assessing the Norwegian government’s action plans.
Under the current project, two action plans will be assessed: Norway’s third action plan 2016 – 2018 and the fourth action plan 2019 – 2021. Norwegian commitments to be assessed are related to the three OGP values ‘Access to information’, ‘Public Participation’ and ‘Public Accountability’, and are for instance establishing a new electronic records system (eInnsyn), establishing a registry for ultimate beneficial ownership (UBO) and country-by-country reporting for extractive industries.
During the implementation of each action plan, two reports will be published by the appointed IRM researcher for each implementing country to assess the action plan design, progress of implementation and end results.
More information about OGP:
Project period: 2017 - 2021
FNI PROJECT LEADER
- Independent Reporting Mechanism, Open Government Partnership
Independent Reporting Mechanism Progress Reports. Washington DC, Open Government Partnership, 2018, 46 p. In Norwegian and English.