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Call for Expressions of Interest to Join the international program “OGP Local”

Local authorities have an important role in improving the lives of citizens, given that they are closest to them and their preoccupations. They contribute to improve people’s lives and enhance transparency and efficiency in local action. Today, implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in our societies are still yet to be seen, but it’s clear that collaboration, transparency, and citizen participation will be fundamental pillars on the future recovery. It’s right at the local level where the emergency demands swift action, national and local cooperation, and multi-stakeholder approaches.

The pilot OGP Local program has shown inspiring innovation and practical results in various countries. In this context, OGP is delighted to announce the expansion of the local program with a planned intake of up to 50 new local governments in OGP Local in 2020.

Membership Benefits are multiple such as :

  • Access to an online structured orientation and ongoing learning program, in order to plan, design and implement open government reforms, co-create OGP action plans, and strengthen open government skills. Current national and local members, partners and other open government experts will lead a formal Mentorship Program to support new members.
  • Thematic and issue-based learning circles, assistance available through peers, practitioners, and partners, the opportunity to feature open government achievements through OGP’s communication channels and networks, access to cutting-edge knowledge products on open local government.

A full outline of membership benefits can be found here.

Interested applicants must submit their EOI via an online form by July 17, 2020. You can find PDF versions of the questions that will be asked in the form here.

There is a two-step application process to join OGP Local :

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI) : the EOI will be filed jointly by a government (Director or similar level) and a non-governmental stakeholder* following the below criteria.
    Expression of Interest Criteria included :
    – Track record on open government or co-creation with non-governmental stakeholders. This could include a track record from participation in national open government initiatives.
    – Ambition of future directions of open government action identified in the application and their alignment with OGP’s strategic and thematic priorities, especially as it relates to engagement of citizens in shaping and overseeing policies and services.
    – Capacity and resources for co-creation and implementation, including Identified staff in government and identified non-governmental stakeholders.
    – Clarity of value proposition or benefit for the Local in joining OGP.
  2. Full Application : this step requires a Letter of Support (LOS) of 3 pages maximum, in English, from the head of the local government or level equivalent to ministerial level, supporting the application of their jurisdiction, committing to meeting OGP values and the below criteria.

The letter should also include :
– Thematic policy areas they wish to advance through their participation
– Details of how they could help spread the practice of open local government amongst other locals in their jurisdictions
– Thematic policy areas where they can contribute good practices and lessons learned for other members of the cohort.
– Ambition of future directions of open government action identified in the application and their alignment with OGP’s strategic and thematic priorities, especially as it relates to engagement of citizens in shaping and overseeing policies and services.
– Track record on open government or co-creation with non-governmental stakeholders.
– Capacity and resources for co-creation and implementation, including Identified staff in government and identified non-governmental stakeholders.
– Commitment of political leader(s) as evidenced in the supporting letter both from the head of government, and two or three non-governmental leaders.
– Clarity of value proposition or benefit for the Local in joining OGP.
– Clarity on available mechanisms for co-creation and monitoring.

For more details and information about the call of expression of interests, you could contact the team in charge of the following of the OGP program at the national level via this email adresse uae@pm.gov.tn

You can also contact the coordinator of this program at the international level via this email local@opengovpartnership.org

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