On April 7-8 public consultations were held in Ozurgeti and Batumi in order to hear the ideas and initiatives of local communities for the Open Government Partnership Action Plan 2016-2017. Representatives of local governments, non-governmental organizations, media and students participated in the consultations. They learned the mission of the Open Government Partnership, heard the initiatives of the governmental entities that will be included in the Action Plan and presented their ideas.
Analyst of Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) Tamar Nadibaidze took part in the consultations. Tamar talked about IDFI’s active engagement in OGP and the initiatives of the Institute for the OGP Action Plan (see the link for IDFI’s recommendations).
On February 24-26th conference was held in Slovakia on Open Parliaments, Engaged Citizens. Director of Institute for Development of Freedom of Information Giorgi Kldiashvili and MP, Chairperson of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance – Guguli Maghradze attended the conference. They presented Georgian experience in regards with the legislative openness, and progress achieved within the framework of Georgia’s engagement in Open Government Partnership (OGP).
On November 18th, 2015, Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan 2015-2016 was discussed at the building of Samtredia Municipality. Member of Georgian Parliament – Giorgi Kakhiani and representatives of Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) – Davit Maisuradze and Davit Uchadze attended the meeting. Continue reading
The governments of the Western Balkans have come together on the occasion of the Western Balkans OGP Dialogue 2015, in Tirana, Albania, on September 10-11, 2015. The event gathered around 250 participants from Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo) and beyond (UK, Croatia, Georgia, Poland etc.) representing both governments and civil societies.
It is quite remarkable that civil society organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Albania have managed to coordinate their work with governments, parliaments for the first time within the OGP framework. That’s what’s unique about OGP, it brings together engagement and action from governments and civil society alike. Continue reading
Open Government Partnership (OGP) Asia Pacific Regional Meeting was held on 7-8 September, 2015 at ADB (Asian Development Bank) Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The regional meeting brought together approximately 50 delegates from the governments, civil societies, international organizations and foundations with the goal of sharing progress on open government reforms and exchanging ideas on expanding OGP initiatives. Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Giorgi Kldiashvili with Ketevan Tsanava and Mariam Tutberidze from the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice were invited to participate in the meeting. Thus, Georgia was well represented at the Meeting by both government and civil society.
Participants presented and obtained feedback on ADB’s draft Action Plan on OGP engagement and also, assisted participating countries in preparing for the October Global OGP Summit in Mexico. On Day 1, representative of Georgia: Giorgi Kldiashvili, Ketevan Tsanava and Mariam Tutberidze discussed the topic – Building Partnerships: Improving Civil Society and Government Collaboration. The objective of the session was to introduce the participants to Permanent Consultation Forums (using Georgia as the main case) and to understand the challenges and opportunities in the different countries for creating something similar. Continue reading