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The Open Government Partnership and Resource Governance: Commitments for greater transparency in extractive industries. Revenue Watch Institute I December, 2011. Revenue Watch Institute. We promote transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources
Commitments for greater transparency in extractive industries
Revenue Watch Institute I December, 2011
8 FOUNDING GOVERNMENTS (7 resource-rich)
9 INTL. CIVIL SOCIETY ADVISORS (incl. RWI)
40+ NEW COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING
“Open government is the most apt response to the democratic human impulse to be involved, to count, to matter… creating open societies, where citizens can freely access and share data and ideas, and choose their leaders and hold them accountable, creates a sense of belonging and gives people a stake in public affairs.”
- Rakesh Rajani, OGP civil society Steering Committee member
First OGP commitments for improved EI governance:
United States: Implementing EITI
Indonesia: Developing EITI, publishing digital forestry and concession map
Mexico: Publishing “geological and geophysical” information related to fossil fuels
Key new OGP countries with natural resource assets:
Australia Azerbaijan Canada
Chile Ghana Liberia Mongolia
Peru S. Africa Tanzania
What steps can OGP countries take?
Open up concession process and publish information on resource revenues
Countries that have already announced OGP action plans (a group that at this stage includes only Steering Committee governments)
Countries developing action plans (i.e. those new participating governments in the ‘class’ announcing commitments at 2012’s Brazil meeting)
Countries that are eligible for OGP but have not yet signed up to its Declaration of Principles.
Goal: Monitor commitments
How to achieve: via independent oversight from CSOs, use of Independent Review Mechanism
Are national action plans concrete?
Do they contain timetables/benchmarks?
Is civil society consulted during implementation?
How does government progress match up to commitments?
Goal: Turn advocacy asks into official commitments
How to achieve: via participation in MSG outreach; OGP requires “broad public consultation”
Identify gaps in governance, develop materials to evidence case to government, media
Engage with government via OGP to suggest concrete commitments
Encourage broad national support for asks
Goal: Lobby priority countries to join OGP
How to achieve: Send letters to Heads of State, build public demand
Publicize how OGP commitments can advance governance
Discuss OGP with high-level officials in appropriate ministries