Seminar will promote the Open Government Partnership
The Building Change Trust is seeking to raise awareness of the Open Government Partnership within the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector with an event on the 16th May.
The Open Government Partnership is an international framework of government committed to transparency, accountability and participation. The UK is one of the founding nations and there are now over 60 member countries, including the Republic of Ireland. One of the initiative’s key features is that it functions in each country through a joint and equal government – civil society partnership.
As part of the Trust’s work on the Creative Space for Civic Thinking theme, the seminar will be designed to gauge interest in forming a working group that would further consider Open Government Partnership’s potential in Northern Ireland. Discussion will also take place to identify possible actions.
There will be a keynote input by Tim Hughes from Involve, Coordinator of the UK Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network. Additional contributions will come from TASC Ireland, Amnesty International's Patrick Corrigan and Professor Rick Wilford from Queen's University Belfast, as well as a range of local academic and VCSE sector representatives.
Paul Braithwaite, who heads up the Creative Space for Civic Thinking strand of the Trust’s work, said: “We are committed to enabling the Northern Ireland Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector to better facilitate the meaningful participation of individuals and communities in decision-making processes that impact upon their lives.”
“Currently the Open Government Partnership has little impact in Northern Ireland due to the fact that the commitments made are almost entirely at central government level.
"However, there is no reason why this cannot change and the Open Government Partnership as a movement is interested in ‘making it local’ as a next step in its evolution".