The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was launched by President Obama and 45 other Heads of States and other leaders on September 20th in New York City at the sidelines of UN General Assembly, marking the beginning of a new phase in government transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. Open Government Data initiatives are seen as a key element of open government agenda, and have been adopted by a number of governments around the world, and increasingly developing countries are embarking on these initiatives and are asking World Bank for support.
The World Bank and the World Wide Web Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of an Open Government Data Community of Practice (CoP) in the context of ICT for Open Development knowledge platform. The Open Data CoP will connect World Bank staff, external experts, and government clients. It will focus on Open Government Data supply (policy and implementation perspectives) and demand (community and citizen perspectives) in internal Bank and external use cases.
To mark the launch of this CoP, a workshop on the role of Open Government Data (OGD) in developing countries. The event featured a keynote presentation by Jose Manuel Alonso, Program Manager for Open Data at the World Wide Web Foundation and discussed examples from Kenya and Moldova, first two groundbreaking OGD initiatives supported by the Bank. These examples illustrated different approaches to the successful incorporation of Open Government Data initiatives into Bank client relationships.