A collaboration to grow and strengthen

the legislative openness movement.

Global Legislative Openness Week

The continuing pandemic has increased the need to mobilize resources to sustain infrastructure systems and digital services for parliaments in order to continue their work …
The Honorable Deliberative Council of the City of Mendoza joins the Global Week of the Legislative Opening 2020. It will participate in the international event …
The Legislative Observatory of the Honorable Chamber of Senators is pleased to invite you to participate in the ‘Webinar for legislative monitoring in key SDG: …
Within the framework of the Open Parliament week, the Leadership Center for Women of the Americas organized the event called Open Parliament: a new paradigm …
Join the 3 of 3 panel against violence, and tell us your opinions on the political participation of women, October 29, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Enter …
On Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm, CIPPE will hold a discussion table with legislators. The event is broadcast live on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cippemx1 Join the …
On Thursday, October 29 at 9:30 am, the Chilean National Congress will organize a co-creation workshop with civil society for the Public Account Regulation, one …
On October 30 at 9:30 am, the Congress of Brazil will release a video demonstrating the progress achieved towards its commitment to increase participation of …
On October 29 at 9:30 The Chamber of Deputies of Brazil will hold the webinar ‘Initiatives for Participation and Digital Interaction in the Context of …

About Us

Where we work

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Countries where we work
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Countries that have an Open Parliament Plan
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Legislative Branch commitments in the executive’s National Action Plans (NAP)

What we do

OPeN supports parliaments around the world to collaborate with civil society. In this way, we advance the four pillars of parliamentary openness - Transparency and Access to Information, Ethics and Probity, Accountability, and Citizen Participation.

OPeN supports parliaments around the world to collaborate with civil society to become more transparent, accountable and participative, as well as to contribute to broader government-led openness initiatives. In this, OPeN members draw on an unrivalled background in relevant programming to advance the four pillars of parliamentary openness – Transparency and Access to Information, Ethics and Probity, Accountability, and Citizen Participation.  OPeN works by:

  • Providing technical and process-related support for parliaments and civil society to co-create, deliver and oversee the implementation of open parliament initiatives, commitments and plans.
  • Generating interest, awareness and political will for parliamentary openness, such as through knowledge building events and exchanges
  • Developing tools and resources for parliaments and civil society, and for the broader Open Government Partnership (OGP) community, including step-by-step guidance and solutions to common challenges.
  • Enabling peer-to-peer sharing of experiences and lessons, such as for the use of innovative information technology for transparency and citizen participation.
  • Advancing the engagement of legislatures in broader OGP processes, to ensure parliaments contribute to designing, taking forward and monitoring government-led commitments. 
  • Conducting research to identify and share lessons and good practice, and knowledge-gaps to inform future investigations.

In recent years, there has been growing recognition that legislatures can be strong drivers of openness reform and key allies to the open government agenda. Indeed, legislatures are currently the third-fastest growing area in OGP Action Plans across the world, and the second fastest in Asia and Europe. While OPeN’s remit is not limited to countries and parliaments operating in the framework of the OGP, our work ties in closely with the Partnership in view of the central role it plays in advancing open governance reforms worldwide.

Who we are

The Open Parliament e-Network (OPeN) is a global consortium made up of the following international organizations:

Contact Us

Directorio Legislativo

Buenos Aires, Argentina

POC: Mercedes de los Santos mdelossantos@directoriolegislativo.org

Latin American Legislative Transparency Network

Quito, Ecuador

POC: Marcelo Espinel
mespinel@ciudadaniaydesarrollo.org

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Warsaw, Poland

POC: Jacopo Leone
 
jacopo.leone@odihr.pl 

The National Democratic Institute

Washington DC

POC: Victoria Welborn
vwelborn@ndi.org 

ParlAmericas

Ottawa, Canada

POC: Emilie Lemieux
 
emilie.lemieux@parlamericas.org 

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

London, United Kingdom

POC: Julia Keutgen
julia.keutgen@wfd.org