Open government is a broad set of practices, processes, and reforms aimed at advancing change by engaging citizens and civil society in policymaking through a process of transparency and accountability.
While there is a growing body of research around women’s political and civic engagement and strategies for enhancing inclusion, the link between gender and open government is a significantly under-examined area.
Through a call for proposals, the Feminist Open Government Initiative seeks to better understand how gender sensitive open government may enhance government responsiveness and public service delivery. It will build and deepen the evidence base around two distinct but related questions:
- Research area #1 – How can innovative open government reforms and/or commitments advance policy agendas addressing the needs of women and girls through gender-focused or gender-mainstreamed approaches?
- Research area #2 – How can considering gender more intentionally in the open government co-creation process lead to improved, and more effective, open government commitments and outcomes?
The Feminist Open Government Initiative expects to fund up to eight awards, with funding ranging from CA$20,000 to CA$50,000 per grant.
Projects are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019 and be completed within 12 months, including all research, dissemination, and final reporting.
Deadline for submission is November 30, 2018.
Interested in applying? Applicants can find out more here.
About the Feminist Open Government Initiative
The Feminist Open Government Initiative is a collaboration between Results for Development, IDRC, the Government of Canada, and the Open Government Partnership. To enhance women’s participation and gender considerations throughout OGP’s work, the Feminist Open Government Initiative aims to:
- build and deepen evidence around the impact that gender equality can have on improving governance on public services, addressing corruption, and opening up civic space and inclusion;
- encourage governments to design and implement improved gender-aware OGP commitments; and
- establish an international coalition of partners to drive effective participation for all in open government processes.