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OpenGovWeek 2020 Toolkit



 

WHAT: OpenGovWeek (OGW) is a global call to action to transform the way governments serve their citizens.
WHEN: May 3-10, 2020
WHERE: OGP countries and local governments – or anywhere open government leaders are striving to make a difference.
WHO: Open government activists, civil servants, the private sector – everyone!
HOW: Attend an event, online or in person | Collaborate with other citizens and government |  Advocate your government or local civil society organization to address your concerns.

KEY MESSAGES | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | ATTEND AN EVENT  | HOST AN EVENT | JOIN THE CONVERSATION



KEY MESSAGES



Open Gov Week (OGW) is for all who believe that citizens should play a role in how their government makes decisions. For one week in May, open government doers, leaders, and thinkers will come together to share ideas and discuss solutions to ensure government responds to its people and not itself.

From fighting corruption to protecting civic space and including underrepresented voices, Open Gov Week is an opportunity for citizens and governments to co-create transformative commitments to open governments.

Governments work better when all voices are included. More diverse ideas lead to innovative solutions, and when those solutions respond to the needs of the people, citizen’s trust in government increases.

Join the conversation and add your perspective and ideas to seminars, hackathons, public debates, webinars, open dataset releases and other events planned by citizens, civil society and governments around the globe.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



What is OpenGovWeek?
OpenGovWeek (OGW) is a global call to action to transform the way governments serve their citizens. For one week in May, open government champions, leaders and thinkers from around the world host or attend events to share ideas, discuss solutions, and commit to new levels of citizen participation in government.

Where is OGW taking place?
All around the world. More than 70 countries have hosted events, from Canada to South Africa, from Spain to the Philippines.

When is OGW happening?
OGW is taking place from May 3 to 10, 2020.

I am not a government official or work for a civil society organization. Can I still participate?
Of course! OpenGovWeek is for all who believe that citizens should play a role in how the government makes decisions. Everyday citizens have both attended and hosted events in previous iterations of OGW

Do I need to register for OGW?
If you are planning on attending an event, there is no need to register for Open Gov Week. However, some events you might consider attending may require some sort of registration.

If you are planning on hosting an event, you can register your event by filling out the form at www.opengovweek.org/submit-an-event

Can I host an event during OGW?
Of course! If you want to advance open government in your community, city, or country, please consider organizing events and activities as part of this week of action.

Go to www.opengovweek.org/submit-an-event and fill out the form to submit your event. Provide as much detail as possible about the activity and share with local partners and others to secure a broad audience. You can also share on social media using #OpenGovWeek.

What kind of events can I host?
Whatever you want it to be. This event could include activities such as seminars, hackathons, public debates, webinars, and other events to get citizens, governments, and civil society organizations involved in open government efforts. Check out some examples of what other countries have done here.

I want to participate in an event during OGW but I don’t know if there is one near me.
Look for an event near you! Go to www.opengovweek.org/map to find events on open government taking place in your own vicinity, whether it’s online or at specific location. Share an event you find interesting on social media to invite more people.

Are there any resources available to promote my event?
If you want to promote your event on social media, the press, or create materials for your event, you can access graphical assets here.



ATTEND AN EVENT



Look for an event near you! Go to www.opengovweek.org/map to find events on open government taking place in your own vicinity, whether it’s online or at specific location. Share an event you find interesting on social media to invite more people.

Check back at www.opengovweek.org to see new events added each week or #OpenGovWeek for the latest updates.



HOST AN EVENT



If you want to advance open government in your community, city, or country, please consider organizing events and activities as part of this week of action. This event could include activities such as seminars, hackathons, public debates, webinars, and other events to get citizens, governments, and civil society organizations involved in open government efforts. Check out the Open Gov Hub’s Guide to Great Events to produce more impactful and effective events.

Go to www.opengovweek.org/submit-an-event and fill out the form to submit your event. Provide as much detail as possible about the activity and share with local partners and others to secure a broad audience. You can also share on social media using #OpenGovWeek.

When planning your OGW activities consider:
  • Inviting underrepresented groups including: women’s organizations, youth networks, or marginalized communities to participate in a discussion
  • Providing transportation or other services needed to help people with disabilities or others travel and attend events
  • Ensure events are gender balanced, and that all are giving meaningful opportunities to speak
  • Add an extra chair to a panel discussion to encourage more diversity of voices
  • Invite a multitude of sectors (government, civil society, the private sector, academia) to have rich conversations
  • Including government institutions from different branches of government
  • Partner with other organizations or government institutions to bring more participants


Want to organize and event but don’t know where to start? Check out some examples of what other countries have done here or in our 2019 recap blog. You can also check other registered events to get inspired from this year or years past!

AFRICA

Nigeria

Nigeria has hosted dozens of events at the local and national level. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was the keynote speaker for the kick-off event in 2018 where he highlighted Nigeria’s commitments to open government and how becoming a part of OGP has led Nigeria to strengthen its fight against corruption. Nigeria capped off the the week with an Open Gov Week rally on the streets of Abuja, where citizens, civil society organizations, and government officials raised awareness of OGP and the work citizens have done to advance the open government agenda.

  

Liberia

Liberia held numerous high-level events including a roundtable at the Monrovia City Hall, a multistakeholder meeting with President George Weah, and an Open Government Partnership rally. Liberia also took this opportunity to share findings and recommendations in the report from OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM).

  

AMERICAS

Argentina

In 2019, Argentina used Open Gov Week to co-create their fourth OGP action plan (2019-2021) and invited women’s organizations, indigenous communities, government officials, and civil society groups to draft 15 commitments across a variety of policy areas including gender, justice, and anti-corruption. You can learn more about it here.

 

ParlAmericas

The ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network (OPN) hosted their 4th OPN Gathering during OGW 2019 to discuss strategies to strengthen parliamentary oversight and foster openness across all branches of the State. This provided a space for parliamentarians from across the hemisphere to engage in working sessions with subject-matter experts and civil society representatives on these important issues.

 

ASIA

Indonesia

Youth groups in lIndonesia gathered to discuss how elections impact open government and what young people can do to contribute to peaceful transitions and influence policy. Civil society organizations also hosted activities on local governance, civic engagement, and public service delivery. Attended by government officials, key civil society actors including Academia and private sector, as well as everyday citizens, most of these events also served as initial discussions to better co-create their 2018-2020 OGP action plan.

 

Philippines

In the Philippines, EITI hosted a workshop to discuss ways to make the ownership of extractive companies more transparent and accountable. The workshop aimed to convene an inter-agency and multi-stakeholder forum to discuss ways forward and concrete action steps to implement the Beneficial Ownership Roadmap, integrate BO and PEP disclosure in the PH-EITI reporting process, and establish an online BO register.

 

EUROPE

United Kingdom

United Kingdom celebrated Feminist Open Government Day, which included discussions workshops on the gender pay gap, inclusive open contracting, and how open government can help with accelerating gender equality and closing critical gaps in information, access, and participation.

 

Italy

Italy’s Settimana dell’Amministrazione Aperta inspired OpenGovWeek and has seen over 100 events every year focused on co-creation, accountability, anti-corruption, and transparency. From art exhibits to debates and hackathons, Italy has become a pioneer in OGW events.

 



JOIN THE CONVERSATION



You can also join the thousands of people around the world participating in Open Gov Week through several social media platforms. Join the conversation via:

HASHTAG: #OpenGovWeek

LINKED HASHTAGS: #OpenGov

WEBSITE: https://www.opengovweek.org

SHORTENED LINK: http://bit.ly/OGW2020

Thank you for sharing our messages for #OpenGovWeek. Your support to spread the word about this global call to action by posting to social media will continue to make governments more open, inclusive, and accountable around the world. We have included suggested social media posts below for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well as social media graphics to illustrate your messages.


SUGGESTED TWEETS
  • How can citizen movements improve the world? This year, invite new voices to participate in #OpenGovWeek and join other leaders, doers, and thinkers in discussing solutions and committing to real action in #OpenGov. Learn more at www.opengovweek.org. #CitizENGAGE
  • #OpenGovWeek starts on May 3! Join thousands of citizens working with civil society, governments, and @opengovpart to openly debate and discuss #OpenGov and ways to make governments more inclusive. Learn more at www.opengovweek.org #CitizENGAGE
  • Excited to take part in #OpenGovWeek starting on May 3. Let’s unite citizens and governments in showcasing open, accountable and inclusive leadership. Visit www.opengovweek.org for more.
  • Citizens can strengthen #democracy around the world. Help guarantee basic civic and #humanrights by bringing your voice and inviting new partners to @Opengovpart #OpenGovWeek this May 3. Let’s create a global movement towards openness and inclusion!
  • I’m taking part in #OpenGovWeek because I believe the best way to make governments accountable and responsive is to take a seat at the table. Join me: www.opengovweek.org. #CitizENGAGE
  • We’re taking part in #OpenGovWeek because we believe including more diverse perspectives in the #OpenGov conversation will drive innovative and sustainable reform in #[CountryName]. #CitizENGAGE.
  • I’m taking part in #OpenGovWeek because I believe we need to create a culture of collaboration between citizens and governments. Governments work better when all voices are included. #CitizENGAGE www.opengovweek.org.
  • We’re taking part in #OpenGovWeek because we believe that when citizens, civil society and govts collaborate, we can make our policies more inclusive and equitable. Learn more: www.opengovweek.org.


SUGGESTED FACEBOOK POSTS
  • Great to see @OpenGovernmentPartnership announce #OpenGovWeek. On May 3-10 citizens, governments, and members of civil society around the world will come together in the name of #OpenGov to transform the way governments respond to the citizens they serve. Learn more about how you can advance #OpenGov in your city or country here by inviting new voices to the conversation: opengovweek.org
  • Get inspired. Get involved. Join the thousands of people around the world who want to strengthen #OpenGov in their communities, cities, and countries. This May 3-10, be a part of #OpenGovWeek and help us create more transparent, accountable, responsive, and inclusive governments. Learn more here: opengovweek.org
  • #OpenGovWeek is a unique opportunity for people like you and me to have an influence on how our government interacts with its citizens. I want a seat at the table to tell our leaders what matters most to me. Please sign up to take part. You can make a real impact. www.opengovweek.org.  
  • Participation is fundamental to advancing #OpenGov. That’s why we invite citizens, civil society, the private sector, and anyone else interested to join us for #OpenGovWeek may 3-10. This is a chance for people across the world to have their voices heard & lobby the government about what an open, inclusive, transparent and accountable government should look like. Join us: www.opengovweek.org.


SUGGESTED INSTAGRAM POSTS
  • #OpenGovWeek is a great opportunity for us to transform the way governments respond to their citizens. From May 3-10, encourage new voices to join the thousands of people around the world participating in the #OpenGov conversation. Help your government be more transparent, accountable, inclusive, and responsive. #OpenGov #CitizENGAGE
  • Get involved! This year, invite new voices to participate in #OpenGovWeek and join other leaders, doers, and thinkers in discussing solutions and committing to real action in #OpenGov. Learn more at www.opengovweek.org. #CitizENGAGE
  • Join #OpenGovWeek on May 3-10 to be part of the global #OpenGov movement to  make governments more inclusive and responsive. Attend an event near you or host your own to advance transparency and build stronger, more resilient democracies.


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