Learning to Open Government
Evidence from our country case studies indicates that OGP processes in these countries are contributing to efforts to open government at the country level, but in rather limited ways. Our research found three key areas to work on when advancing OGP: high-level political leadership, collective action to rebalance power, and navigating politics of reform.
Learning to Make All Voices Count
Funded by Making All Voices Count and implemented in collaboration with Global Integrity, L-MAVC supported six MAVC grantees working in five African and Asian countries in co-creating and applying a participatory, learning-centered, adaptive approach to strengthening citizen engagement with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) at national and sub-national levels. The evidence from the program suggests that supporting citizen engagement under the OGP umbrella is not straightforward. Rather than sticking with a static plan, grantees working on L-MAVC iteratively adjusted, tailored, and re-tailored their localization strategies to fit the complex, dynamic, and political contexts in which they were working.
These variations in contextual conditions mean that no single grantee strategy can or should be replicated as an ideal model. However, there are several lessons we can consider. In particular, efforts to broaden and deepen citizen engagement with OGP may be more effective when combined with support that helps local OGP champions iteratively learn, adapt, and discover localization models that best fit their context.
Follow the Money Mexico
We provided valuable support for partners’ efforts to follow the money as regards particular service delivery challenges in five states, informing local OGP action plans, and demonstrating the value of the Treasure Hunts methodology. Several other states and local partners replicated this methodology, and it led to an OGP commitment on the issue that is being implemented.