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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.

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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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