Africa fails to Secure an Award at OGP in Paris

PARIS – The Third Annual Open Government Awards winners were announced today at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Paris, France. African projects failed to clinch an award and got a mention during the prestigious event. Taking home the top prize was the Ukrainian initiative, ProZorro, which sheds light on corrupt procurement practices in that country. Ukraine also…

Africa: Open government Partnership Marks 5th Anniversary

By OGP, NEW YORK Open Government Partnership (OGP) marked its fifth anniversary with a high-level forum on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly today. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, one of the partnership’s eight founding members and current OGP government co-chair, addressed the high-level gathering of Heads of State and civil society leaders…

Kenya Passes Long-Awaited Access to Information Bill

By OGP Support Unit Open Government Partnership (OGP) would like to congratulate the government of Kenya and Kenyan civil society for passing the long-awaited Access to Information bill. This bill is an important commitment in Kenya’s 2nd National Action Plan and is part of a larger set of initiatives to enable effective and accountable government in Kenya. Commenting on the bill, Maureen Kariuki,…

Open Government Reports Show Mixed Progress in Combating Corruption

By Madaleine Weber – OGP The Open Government Partnership (OGP) released 26 of 38 country Progress Reports by its Independent Reporting Mechanism with findings about their progress in implementing open government reforms.  WASHINGTON, D.C.- Twenty-six national Progress Reports from OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) were released last week, with another 12 set to be released later this month.…

Science organisations sign open data access accord

[CAPE TOWN] Four leading international science organisations have announced a global accord proposing principles and practices for open access to research data. The accord titled Open data in a big data world was announced last month (9 December) during Science Forum South Africa held in Pretoria. “Maximising public benefit from the data revolution in both…

Experts call for open agricultural data platform

[ABUJA] Africa needs to refocus research thinking and agenda on the continent for agriculture to become productive and aid development, say agricultural experts. According to panellists at a SciDev.Net event organised in conjunction with the UK-based International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications this month (1 March) in Nigeria, research is necessary for agricultural…