Two-year project to nurture open government launches

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, along with other UK networks, has been awarded a £500,000 Big Lottery grant to develop the two-year Open Government Pioneers Project.

The aim of the project is to help people share the tools, techniques and resources required to engage and challenge their governments to serve them better, and especially to support people who are not normally heard in the decisions that affect them.

The project is linked to the  International Open Government Partnership, where governments and civil society have been given an equal say in the commitments made by 70 countries to be more open.

It will use open government commitments to help people secure progress towards the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and sustain natural resources at home and abroad.

Lucy McTernan, deputy chief executive at SCVO, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with partners right across the UK to encourage more people and organisations to play an active role in their governments and to hold the UK and devolved governments to account on their commitment to be more open and transparent.

“We’ll bring people together and give them the knowledge and skills they need to have a real influence on government policy and the important decisions that affect their lives.”

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