How OGP Can Help Win the Fight for Civic Space

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Open Government Partnership (OGP) was founded on the idea that public policy reform is better when government officials engage with civil society actors. Because of this, OGP cannot succeed without the ability of people to freely organize, participate, and communicate about policy. This is referred to as “civic space.” Yet, based on an analysis of documented events over the last five years, freedom of association, assembly, and expression are under threat in many OGP countries. The most common problems are: attacks on journalists and human rights defenders, failure to respect and protect public assemblies, and barriers to independent and efficient operation of formal civil society organizations. Is OGP focusing on the right problems and using the right tools? Read more here.

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