Legislative Openness
Legislative Openness

Through its parliamentary strengthening and good governance programs, NDI has long supported the development of open, responsive legislative institutions. Increasingly, NDI’s work in this area recognizes the importance of collaboration with civil society and technological and institutional innovation to advance openness. Since 2013, NDI has served as co-chair of the Open Government Partnership's Legislative Openness Working Group along with the Congress of Chile. A multi-stakeholder initiative with 70 member countries, the Open Government Partnership provides a platform for governments and civil society organizations to collaboratively develop and implement an action plan on transparency, anticorruption, and citizen participation. The Legislative Openness Working Group provides peer learning opportunities and technical assistance to parliaments and civil society groups that are working to enhance legislative openness through the OGP platform. Since the Working Group’s launch in 2013, parliamentary participation in OGP has continued to grow, with numerous OGP country parliaments developing commitments and action plans.

NDI was also a co-founder of the OpeningParliament.org civil society network, a group of more than 180 organizations in more than 80 countries that monitor parliamentary activity and advocate for greater legislative openness. Founded by NDI, the Sunlight Foundation, and the Latin American Legislative Transparency Network, the OpeningParliament.org global network provides a venue for sharing experience, collaboratively developing tools and resources, and conducting joint advocacy. The foundation of this community is the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness, which has been translated into 24 languages. Collaboratively written by the community, this document outlines principles on parliamentary openness, and has been supported by over 200 civil society organizations and parliaments around the world.

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