NGOs & Accountable Governance Open World Ukraine


In accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers’ order of November, 26, 2014, the Ukrainian Government has made an obligation to guarantee the proper realization of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global effort to make governments better. Citizens want more transparent, effective and accountable governments ­with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations. Government initiatives in 2014-2015 were taken in in five areas: (i) access to information, (ii) fighting corruption, (iii) electronic governance, (iv) public participation, (v) administrative services. The body responsible for implementation, the Coordination Committee for OGP realization, was appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers but never started its work. As a result Ukraine has taken the obligations as a member of OGP partnership, but systematically breaks its rules and procedures. Since the Maidan movement, civil society organizations have acted as a watchdog over the government reform process and the voice of civil society activists has grown in volume and impact, although at times the strategies/goals of these organizations are not coordinated and differ significantly.