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The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international, voluntary effort to improve government performance, encourage civic participation and enhance government responsiveness to people. OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of governments and civil society organizations in equal numbers, a unique model that embodies the goal of civic participation. OGP is already demonstrating the power of this approach – in its first year it has grown from 8 participating countries to 57, each of which embraces the OGP Declaration of Principles, and commits to developing and implementing country action plans, all jointly developed with civil society. OGP has a Networking Mechanism that helps participating governments and civil society connect with the expertise they need to support these efforts. And an OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism is being established to periodically track country progress against commitments, thereby promoting greater accountability at the country level and ensuring OGP delivers real change for citizens around the world.