SCVO are leading the Open Government Pioneers Project, a new initiative taking place across the whole of the UK, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
It coincides with Scotland securing a unique place in the Open Government Partnership. Founded in 2011, the OGP is an international platform that provides reformers inside and outside of governments to make changes that promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
In 2016, Scotland was accepted to be part of the Pioneer Tier of the OGP, a pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017.
As we look to advance towards a more open government across the home nations, civil society in Scotland and elsewhere must look to build local networks so it can work with government on future plans. By initiating outreach and increasing engagement, Scotland’s Civil Society Network serves as an engine for new ideas and as a collective voice to collaborate with and challenge government.
Find out more about open government work going on in Scotland or follow on Twitter @opengovscot.
By promoting the principles of open government, we can better inform the process by which Scotland pursues a number of social policy issues. That’s why our project is promoting open government to secure progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals here in Scotland.
In 2015, Nicola Sturgeon conﬁrmed that the Scottish Government would be one of the ﬁrst anywhere in the world to commit to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, both at home and overseas. These Goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all.
If you would like to know more about Scotland’s Open Government Network, or the work going on in Scotland around the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals, email Open Government Project Co-ordinator Paul Bradley.