Yep, one of the original founding members of the Open Government Partnership decided it really didn’t want to be all that open.
India’s withdrawal came after having participated for months as one of nine countries on the steering committee created last fall after Obama’s speech.
India was concerned about the Independent Review Mechanism that would accompany government self-assessment, preferring not to have outsiders pass judgment on Indian affairs, according to those familiar with the situation.
In addition, the Indian government may be reluctant politically at this point to engage in a public consultation on transparency, observers said.
The OGP plan stresses that governments should engage the public to devise the action plans that those who join will commit to in September at the next OGP meeting, to be held in September on the fringe of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
So maybe now isn’t the time to engage the citizens of India in a discussion of government openness and transparency.
From the OGP website:
The Open Government Partnership is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a steering committee of eight governments and nine civil society organizations.
I can see why some countries would have a hard time with this.
- Promote Transparency.
- Empower citizens.
- Fight Corruption.