Open Government

Open Government

Fostering Dialogue with Civil Society You do not have access to this content

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OECD
11 Dec 2003
Pages:
216
ISBN:
9789264019959 (PDF) ;9789264099838(print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264019959-en

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This book examines how to build robust legal, institutional and policy frameworks for access to information, consultation and public participation in policy-making. It focuses on lessons from experience from both OECD member and non-member countries in seeking to apply the principles of good governance in practice and to build effective partnerships between government, citizens and civil society organizations. The book presents the papers discussed during the "International Roundtable on Building Open Government in South East Europe: Information, Consultation and Public Participation" held in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 23-24 May 2002. The International Roundtable was organised by the OECD in collaboration with the Government of Slovenia, the World Bank Institute and the Open Society Institute. It gathered close to one hundred participants from 28 countries among both OECD member countries and those of South East Europe, with equal numbers of practitioners from government and from civil society.

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  • The State of Open Government

    This section provides an overview of the key issues involved in building open government today: ensuring transparency, accountability and openness; widening opportunities for citizen input into public policy-making; and building partnerships between government, citizens and civil society organisations. Recent OECD work on engaging citizens and civil society in policy-making is introduced, and the perspectives of each of the co-organisers of the International Roundtable provided. The frank and lively exchange of views aired during the panel discussion among government and civil society practitioners from OECD member and non-member countries is reported. Finally, the section concludes with a general assessment of participants’ views on the challenges of building open government and an overview of the Tools Fair...

  • Access to Information

    This section presents the results of discussions between government and civil society practitioners from many different OECD member and non-member countries on the topic of access to information. The group identified four key steps to improving access to information: establish consistent legal frameworks; develop user-friendly information resources; foster co-operation between governments, NGOs, the media and international organisations; and invest in awareness-raising. Also included are three country case studies on access to information from the FYR of Macedonia, the Republic of Montenegro (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) and Sweden...

  • Consultation and Participation

    This section presents the conclusions of the workshop on consultation and participation of citizens and civil society organisations in government policy making. Participants in the workshop stressed the need for capacity building and technical assistance for government officials and citizens alike in conducting effective consultation and participation processes. The section also includes two case studies on consultation and public participation at the national level (in Estonia and Finland); one on participation at the international level; and a paper on citizens’ views of governance issues...

  • Building Effective Partnerships

    This section presents the conclusions of the workshop on building effective partnerships between civil society and government. Among the priorities for action formulated by participants at the end of the discussions were: building mutual respect and understanding; setting rules for engagement; and ensuring transparency of both the government and NGO sectors. The section also includes papers expressing the respective viewpoints of government and civil society practitioners from the Czech Republic and Slovenia, as well as country experiences in building effective partnerships from Albania and Denmark...

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