The global movement to promote open government commitments has grown exponentially and received positive responses from leaders and citizens across the globe. The movement was internationally recognised in 2011 when leaders from eight different countries co-established the Open Government Partnership (OGP). As a global initiative, the OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from its member countries to promote transparency, encourage public involvement, tackle corruption, and develop new technology in strengthening democratic and participative policy-making process. Currently, the OGP has been collaborating with 75 participating countries that willing to take part in reforming governments, encouraging various initiatives, and placing people at the heart of governance. As a result, more than 2500 commitments across the world have been declared by different governments from both national and sub-national level.
As a forum for open government experts and initiators, the OGP attempts to consistently provide guidance for its member countries to unlock their potentials through openness and collaboration from multi-stakeholders. This forum has become not only a learning and consulting network but also a platform to collaborate best practices in achieving more inclusive development. However, the open government’s success is not merely measured by transparent acts performed by the authority. Instead, the open government initiatives should determine how openness in development process could bring greater benefits, especially for the ordinary citizens. The questions that emerge then are: how are open government principles merged into a national action plan? What are steps for implementing the open government initiatives at national and subnational level? What are the obstacles and challenges in implementing open government?
Based in Indonesia, one of the co-founder countries of the OGP, Universitas Airlangga proudly presents the Indonesian Association for Public Administration (IAPA) International Conference 2017. This year, the conference will specifically address the open government issues, within the theme of “Towards Open Government: Finding the Whole Government Approach.” Planned to be held on 8-9 September 2017, the IAPA International Conference will divide the main theme into four different discussions: 1) From Reactive to Proactive: Public Administration Response to Freedom of Information Act, 2) Shifting from E-Government to E-Governance, 3) Open Government in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals, 4) Inclusiveness Aspect in Open Government.
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