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The OGP Leadership Network Pilot - the Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa NZ


Stats NZ and Transparency International NZ (TINZ) have been invited to join the pilot cohort of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Leaders Network. Sanjay Pradhan, OGP Chief Executive, extended the invitation “in recognition of [our] track record on innovative reforms in collaboration with civil society”, particularly the work on the Algorithm Charter of Aotearoa New Zealand led by the Government Chief Data Steward.

With the change and uncertainty of 2020, the launch of the network could not come at a better time.

“We are at a critical moment in history, amidst a confluence of a number of crises; from the most devastating pandemic in a hundred years and the worst global recession since World War II. If we can indeed join forces, like the reformers in the OGP Leaders Network, we can advance transformational reforms that put citizens at the heart of governance and build back more vibrant and inclusive democracies,” says Mr Pradhan.

The international Open Government Partnership Leaders Network
Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa NZ
Transparency International NZ
Government Chief Data Steward

The OGP Leaders Network

Stats NZ and TINZ join 4 other government agencies to work on 5 areas of reform:

  • Algorithm transparency – Stats NZ and TINZ.
  • Judiciary transparency and accountability - Juslab - Council of Magistrates of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Citizen-led budget monitoring - Eyes & Ears Initiative, Department of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Planning and Budget Commission from the State of Kaduna, Nigeria.
  • Gender and inclusion - Strengthen public policy on care services, Institute of Women, Mexico.
  • Whistleblower protection - Latvia’s State Chancellery, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau of Latvia, Transparency International Latvia.

These agencies have a proven track record of delivering ambitious reforms, in close collaboration with civil society partners, through their open government process.

As experts in their reform topic, each will share technical expertise and strategic intelligence to support other OGP members with similar reforms at the local and national level.

Open Government Partnership

OGP works to transform how government serves its citizens by promoting accountable, responsive, and inclusive governance. The Open Government Partnership is based on the idea that an open government is more accessible, more responsive, and more accountable to citizens, and that improving the relationship between people and their government has long-term, exponential benefits for everyone.

OGP is a broad partnership that includes members at the national and local level and thousands of civil society organizations. Through the Partnership, these powerful forces work together to co-create two-year action plans with concrete steps – commitments – across a broad range of issues.

Open Government Partnership in NZ
Aotearoa NZ's National Action Plan

Stats NZ and Transparency International NZ (TINZ) has been invited to join the pilot cohort of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Leadership Network. The invitation is a response to the world-leading Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand, led by the Government Chief Data Steward.

The Open Government Partnership Leadership Network
Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa NZ

Looking Forward

The OGP Steering Committee and Support Unit will work with Stats NZ and TINZ to share the Algorithm transparency project globally, connect Stats NZ with peers working on similar projects, and identify opportunities for Aotearoa NZ to engage in related events and activities.

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