The principles of open government have been established on the notion that the strength and vibrancy of nations depend on an active civil society and robust engagements between governments and their citizens to advance shared goals of peace, prosperity and the well-being of all people. They ought to be transparent, accountable, participatory and collaborative and are particularly targeted to be implemented by the arms of government, namely, the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary and by some extension, local governments.
This in effect means making government information available to the public as a requirement for an informed citizenry and an accountable government. It is said of transparency that it promotes openness of the democratic process through reporting and feedback mechanisms, clear processes of policies and procedures; and the conduct of actions by those holding decision - making authority. It makes information understandable and keeps clear standards accessible to citizens. Transparency promotes accountability by providing the public with information about what the Government is doing. OGI will promote transparency within the three arms of government: the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary.
Accountability is a way to hold decision-makers, especially the powerful ones, to account for what they do. Political accountability means regular and open methods for sanctioning or rewarding those who hold positions of public trust through a system of checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The strategy’s principal aim is to make the three branches politically accountable to the people through the various channels of communication that bring them closer to the institutional operations of government, and to question their effectiveness through national conversations and dialogue. In this manner, the citizen ’s voices are heard by government as the citizens in turn understand and appreciate government in the exchange
Citizen Participation and Collaboration
This principle speaks to Democracy, which requires opportunities for participation and collaboration for the citizens and government in solving issues of governance whenever possible. This is at the core of democratic governance. Engaging ordinary citizens in deliberations about the operations of government can increase legitimacy, bring crucial local knowledge to bear on public action, add resources, and enhance public accountability. To that end, a healthy democracy needs the capacity to involve its citizens in key decision making exercises. Government cannot be left to leaders, experts, and pundits alone with the public only weighing in during elections. People from all walks of life should be encouraged to wrestle with tough questions, seek common ground and develop and articulate their views. Using various media avenues, OGI will solicit public participation on how the three arms are faring in policy formulation and implementation in Government. Through town hall meetings, radio & television broadcasts, and press briefings public feedback on issues will be elicited to ensure there is maximum participation by all.