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Openness Is the Key to Effective and Inclusive Development
Source: blogs.worldbank.org
Source Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Created: Oct 15, 2014

Open government - increased disclosure of information and enhanced citizen participation in government decision-making is a powerful way to address the complex governance and development challenges we have faced for so long.

 

In recent years, the uptake and momentum behind open government has grown substantially. In our recent Global Opening Government Survey, over 61% of citizens surveyed reported that they wanted their governments to be more open.

 

Openness benefits citizens. Open governments are built on robust and inclusive engagement between citizens and governments. Fluid two-way communication between citizens and governments allows governments to better understand citizens’ true needs and to respond to those needs. Furthermore, it sets the stage for governments and citizens to build trust with each other and to work together to co-create innovative solutions to common challenges. Open governments are governments better positioned to promote inclusive growth, by increasing their ability to provide all citizens the goods and services that citizens need and deserve.

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