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SA launches third OGP national action plan

South Africa hosted the Open Government Partnership (OGP) regional meeting on 5 and 6 May, in Cape Town. This year’s event was preceded by a civil society day on 4 May. The meeting took place under the theme of Open Government for Sustainable Development in Africa, and topics included the role of parliaments in OGP, tackling Read more >

Profile of a public protector

What values and attributes would you like to see in your next public protector? Many South Africans would not struggle in answering this question. This is partly because the public profile of the incumbent, Thuli Madonsela, has been raised broadly over the past few years, thanks to controversial issues investigated by her team as well Read more >

Sona underwhelms, ignores corruption

The implementation of measures to cut wasteful expenditure in government and spot checks on those suspected to be running our local government sector to the ground. That’s as far as President Jacob Zuma went to deal with the issue of corruption in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday. He made no mention, Read more >

What can you do to fight corruption?

It’s a new year, and the fight against corruption goes on. It is tempting to feel discouraged, but if you thought there was nothing you as an individual could do, think again! Let 2016 be the year you stand up and say: “So far, and no farther.” While the problem might be so deeply entrenched Read more >

An action plan for more open government

In part two of our series on the Open Government Partnership (OGP), we take a closer look at South Africa’s action plans – that is, the efforts its government is making to improve openness and transparency. Part one gave an overview of OGP and South Africa’s role in it. The OGP was launched in 2011 Read more >

OGP for transparency and accountability

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) held its second global summit in Mexico from 27 to 29 October 2015 – the first took place in London in 2013. South Africa, which is a founding member of the OGP, attended the gathering. Our new two-part series looks at South Africa’s participation in the OGP process – part Read more >

Corruption affects everything and everybody

By Melusi Ncala It is widely accepted that the spreading of corruption erodes many facets of our society and its ramifications are serious for all concerned. There are those among us who may want to contest this sentiment, to argue that some people are immune from being victims as they are the wrongdoers. But this Read more >

Can a changed electoral system boost accountability?

By Judith February In South Africa, it’s becoming a matter of routine for presidential question time to be disrupted. Recent scenes in the National Assembly left little room for doubt – as if there was any after the chaos of the state of the nation address in February ­– that Parliament is fast losing the Read more >

How open is your government?

The World Justice Project (WJP), which works to advance the rule of law, recently launched its 2015 Open Government Index. This, says the organisation, is its first effort at measuring government openness around the world, and is based on ordinary people’s experiences and perceptions as they interact with their governments. Openness, says WJP, is a Read more >