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About us and what we are doing

About the UK Open Government Network

The UK Open Government Civil Society Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government and other powerful institutions work better for people through enhanced transparency, participation and accountability.

The OGN was formed in 2012 by members of UK civil society in response to the UK Government becoming a founding member of the Open Government Partnership – 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.

The OGN collaborates with and challenges governments in the UK to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms through the UK’s membership of the Open Government Partnership, and coordinates civil society advocacy on open government issues.  It has partnered with the government to develop the UK’s 2013-15 and 2016-18 Open Government Action Plans.


Why we're doing this consultation

As a member of the global Open Government Partnership, the UK Government is committed to publishing an open government action plan in September 2018, which must be developed in partnership with UK civil society. The UK Open Government Network was formed by civil society organisations to mobilise and coordinate civil society to speak with a louder and clearer voice.

In previous actions plans we have been successful at securing important reforms from the government on issues including making company ownership transparent, opening up government contracts, and tackling corruption. In 2016, ten proposals from the Open Government Network - developed through a similar process - were adopted by the UK Government in the 2016-18 action plan.

In the 2018-2020 action plan, we want to secure even stronger reforms to improve politics, the economy, environment and society in the UK. But we need your help!

Submit your idea! Join the Open Government Network!