NEWS

Here is your source for updates on the 2015 Open Government Awards. We will continue to post news here until the close of the program in September of this year. Learn more ABOUT other key dates and application requirements. You may direct any press inquiries to [email protected].


Submission Deadline Extended till June 17th, 11:59 pm PDT

Posted: 6/15/2015
Author: OGA Administration

OGP is excited to announce that many countries have now submitted applications for the 2015 Open Government Awards!

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Registration Deadline Extended until May 1st

Posted: 4/21/2015
Author: OGA Administration

Many governments and civil society have started the process of selecting their best open government initiative to nominate in the 2015 Open Government Awards.

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Launching the second Open Government Awards

Posted: 3/16/2015
Authors: Linda Frey and Munyema Hasan

On March 16, OGP will be launching the 2nd annual Open Government Awards. We are excited to announce this year’s theme, which will be “Improving Public Services through Open Government”.

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Posted: 6/15/2015

 

Submission Deadline Extended till June 17th, 11:59 pm PDT

Author: OGA Administration

OGP is excited to announce that many countries have now submitted applications for the 2015 Open Government Awards! The application process requires careful thought, ample time and participation of various stakeholders in order to build an accurate picture of the merits of the initiative. We appreciate the great effort that countries have put in to showcase their reform and compete in this years Awards.

We have received some requests from OGP governments to allow more time to complete some of the requirements of the application, such as securing validation letters from civil society. Therefore we are extending the deadline for submission to June 17th, 11:59 pm PDT.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, please visit the Awards website at opengovawards.org where you can see what is required to participate and how our esteemed panel of judges will evaluate the initiatives this year.

 

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Posted: 4/21/2015

 

Registration Deadline Extended until May 1st

Author: OGA Administration

Many governments and civil society have started the process of selecting their best open government initiative to nominate in the 2015 Open Government Awards. So far, 35 countries have registered to participate in the Awards with the theme Improving Public Services.

We have received a range of interest and requests for more time to consider relevant programs. Therefore, we are extending the deadline for the Awards registration to May 1st (11:59, PT). The extension to register will provide countries additional time to consider which program and which partnership represents the best efforts towards Improving Public Services. For our partners in countries that have not registered, the extension also gives time for you to rally your government to complete the 15-minute registration process.

Governments and civil society will have until June 15th to submit a final application for the best initiative that should compete for the awards.

And, in the spirit of openness and transparency, please visit our website (www.opengovawards.org) where you can see what is required to participate, including our esteemed panel and judges and how they will assess every program.

 

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Posted: 3/16/2015

 

Launching the second Open Government Awards

By Linda Frey and Munyema Hasan

On March 16, OGP will be launching the 2nd annual Open Government Awards. We are excited to announce this year’s theme, which will be “Improving Public Services through Open Government”. Our goal is to once again showcase and celebrate the reformers who work so hard behind the scenes to make their governments more open and accountable. The Awards competition aims to give these individuals well-deserved recognition on the global stage, with the goal of inspiring other reformers around the world to learn from their successes.

Why the theme of Improving Public Services? Because we understand that open government is ultimately about making governments work better for people. Public services are the most direct way in which people interact with and experience their government. Education, health care, water, roads, public safety – if delivered well and accessible to all - form the foundation of inclusive development. Improving public services is therefore at the heart of the new Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed later this year at the UN.

In today’s world, people have the potential to be active rather than passive users of public services, and governments can and should help to strengthen this role. That’s where ‘open government’ comes in. The 2015 Awards will be honoring initiatives that find ways to solicit regular input and feedback from citizens in order to improve access, quality and/or accountability in public service delivery.

There are now 65 OGP participating countries, and each one no doubt will have a different model of engaging citizens in public service delivery to bring to the Awards. Our judges will therefore be asked to assess the boldness of each initiative relative to the unique challenges different countries are facing. We are confident that this will result in a diverse and inspiring group of reformers at the top of the recognition pool.

Last year we were inspired by the 33 countries that applied to the Open Government Awards, most of which were joint applications between governments and civil society. The partnerships and enthusiasm that animated last year’s applications clearly demonstrated that good ideas come from everywhere, and that there is a real desire to share the results of hard work. That is what the Open Government Awards is all about.

So look out for the launch of Awards, and rally your government to apply. We are anticipating an equally exciting Awards ceremony in the presence of world leaders at the OGP Global Summit in Mexico City this October!