Open Government

Fostering Dialogue with Civil Society

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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.



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...


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