Blueprint for open government

OECD Observer

Open government is fine in theory, but does not always happen in practice. One reason is the persistent difficulty of involving civil society in developing open government systems that really work.

This was just one of the messages of a two-day international roundtable on building open government in southeast Europe, held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in May.

More than 80 participants from 16 OECD countries and 12 central and southeastern European countries discussed how to develop the framework of laws, institutions, methods and partnerships to build open government. The emphasis was on government involvement and a key attraction of the roundtable was a “tools fair” where methods of achieving open government were put on display and explained.

The event was co-organised by the OECD, the Slovenian government, the World Bank Institute and the Open Society Institute. Proceedings from the roundtable will be published later in the year, and several NGOs who took part will disseminate the main conclusions online in their local languages.

©OECD Observer No. 233, August 2002




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