“Open Development” represents a new vision of what development means, how it comes about and the role that external partners can play. Open Development, ultimately, is about people in developing countries having the information and resources that they need to hold their governments accountable and to make well-informed decisions to improve their lives.
As a stepping stone towards Open Development, ONE is pushing for greater transparency and accountability about what resources are available to be invested in poverty reduction, how those resources are invested and what results they achieve.
Transparency and accountability will, we believe, help to ensure that resources (including but not limited to aid) are spent effectively to deliver improved results in health, agriculture, infrastructure and other issues that are key to the fight against poverty and for prosperity.
To promote greater transparency and accountability, ONE is working on a number of fronts, pushing for improved natural resource governance, greater transparency about budgets and aid, and encouraging donors to invest more in building the capacity of civil society organizations and other oversight institutions (parliaments, for example) so that they can make use of the information that transparency will unleash, in order to hold governments to account.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a new global initiative through which countries at all points on the spectrum of economic development can share their experience about how to make governance more open, transparent and accountable.
Natural resources have the potential to bring wealth and stability to resource-rich developing countries. Too often, corruption and mismanagement of natural resources leads to poverty and conflict. Improving natural resource governance is a crucial first step to ensuring citizens can hold their governments accountable for the oil and mineral wealth that belongs to their country, and to allowing citizens and governments to assess if they are receiving a fair deal for their resources.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] ONE members Billy, Mark and Francesca delivering our Open for Development campaign to the home of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: ONE[/caption]This morning we delivered over 135,000 petition signatures for our Open for Development campaign to 10 Downing Street, home ... More
[caption id="" align="align-right" width="361"] Erik Charas. Photo World Economic Forum / Matthew Jordaan firstname.lastname@example.org[/caption]Erik Charas is a campaigning journalist in Mozambique. He was recently arrested by local officials for asking government leaders difficult questions about shady deals done in Mozambique’s natural resources ... More
This post was originally published on Trust Law.The fight against corruption is messy, unpredictable and often dangerous. In developing countries it has historically been most acute in countries with large deposits of oil, gas and minerals, and involves the diversion of huge sums of money that could otherwise be ... More
We did it. After months of our hard campaigning, last night European leaders reached a deal that requires oil, gas, mining, and logging companies to publish the payments they make to governments.Previously, these payments were made in secret, fuelling corruption; but this victory will help promote accountability. Now citizens ... More
Political agreement transparency measures for European oil and mining companies has been reachedToday, the EU reached a political agreement on binding transparency measures for European oil, gas, mining and logging companies. These rules have been almost three years in the making and the strong outcome is a testament to amazing ... More
Last October, I told you about BTAP, the Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation. Last week, BTAP launched their budget transparency campaign – Make Budgets Public Now!The campaign will focus on ensuring that governments publish the essential documents that enable citizens and civil society to participate in the ... More
The ONE Campaign warmly welcomes a political deal reached this evening on new European rules requiring oil, gas, mining and forestry companies to declare the payments they make to foreign governments.