Eligibility to join OGP is determined by evaluations of countries’ performance in four critical areas of open government: fiscal transparency, access to information, asset disclosure and citizen engagement.
The OGP Eligibility Criteria update for 2014 has now been released. Many countries saw their scores change over the last year. The scoring of the asset disclosure metric was revised this year by the OGP Steering Committee on the recommendation of the World Bank. The revised metric is a more straightforward assessment of the legal framework in place for declaration of assets
OGP Eligibility metric will award two points to countries with an Asset Disclosure Law, and two additional points to countries with an Asset Disclosure Law requiring any degree of public access. Zero points are awarded for countries with no law on asset disclosure
Scores of member countries was released as well. Georgia got 15 points out of 16. The only criteria where Georgia got 3 out of 4 is citizen engagement.
A total of six countries are eligible to join OGP for the first time. Those countries are Angola, Bhutan, Guyana, Luxembourg, Namibia and Nigeria.
Including the newly eligible countries there are now 28 countries eligible to participate in OGP, but have not joined. These are:
5. Cape Verde
13. Kyrgyz Republic
|20. Papua New Guinea
To be eligible, countries must earn 75% of the possible points. 14 countries are currently close to eligibility. These countries earn 60% to 75% of the applicable points.
|1. Bangladesh (68.8%)
2. Belize (66.7%)
3. Bolivia (68.8%)
4. Ecuador (68.8%)
5. Guinea (66.7%)
6. Kazakhstan (68.8%)
7. Malaysia (62.5%)
|8. Morocco (68.8%)
9. Mozambique (68.8%)
10. Niger (62.5%)
11. Senegal (62.5%)
12. Sri Lanka (68.8%)
13. Timor-Leste (62.5%)
14. Zambia (62.5%)
17 OGP participating countries improved their scores. For 13 of these countries (indicated by an asterisk), the increase in scores is partly or entirely due to the revisions in the asset disclosure metric.
3. Dominican Republic*
4. El Salvador
15. Sierra Leone
El Salvador, Hungary and Tunisia improved their budget transparency score following recent data from Open Budget Survey managed by the International Budget Partnership.Sierra Leone passed the Right to Access to Information Act in 2013, increasing its score in this metric.
Five OGP participating countries have decreased scores without affecting their eligibility. For Colombia, France, Honduras, Malta, and Ukraine, the decrease in scores is due to the revision in the asset disclosure metric. For Indonesia, a decrease in its EIU Civil Liberties score resulted in a one-point drop in their overall score.