To support the implementation of the intrinsic undertakings arising from OGP membership via targeted advocacy and the strengthening of civil-society organisations’ capabilities, through the funding of priority open governance actions
To strengthen the capabilities of the media and the latter’s networking with all OGP stakeholders, enabling them to pass on information and to stimulate public debate on open governance initiatives
Networking, and capitalising on successful open governance experiences
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October 2017
October 2020


Initiated in 2011 by US President Barack Obama, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a supra-national structure that in 2018 encompassed some 75 countries and hundreds of civil society organisations (CSOs) advocating reforms leading to transparent governance and active involvement by citizens in promoting joint public action.

The involvement of French-speaking countries in Africa in the OGP is to date still limited, but the process is stimulating increasing interest. Burkina Faso joined Côte d'Ivoire and Tunisia at the 2016 Global Summit in Paris. Morocco joined the OGP in April 2018, and Guinea and Senegal are close to becoming eligible for membership.

In these countries, both traditional and new media (digital terrestrial TV, online press, social media, etc.) play an essential role in raising public awareness of OGP initiatives, providing information about OGP projects and promoting support. Accountability, a hot topic amongst citizens' aspirations, has become a driving force behind public policies.

PAGOF's purpose is to mentor stakeholders and monitor reforms in Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Côte d'Ivoire, and also in recently accepted countries (Morocco) and countries on the brink of membership (front-runners like Guinea and Senegal), in the definition and implementation of priority actions. It further aims to provide information and support in countries that are close to becoming eligible for membership (Benin, Haiti, Mauritius, Madagascar and the like) and to promote exchanges between these stakeholders.

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The PAGOF project, in which the AFD and CFI teams are involved, supports authorities, the media and African people in the opening up of public data, and in using it for public ends.
Rémy Rioux – Chief Executive Officer of AFD (Agence Française de Développement)

Project beneficiaries

- Civil society organisations (including the media and the digital community)

- Governmental authorities, which benefit from an active advocacy campaign and strengthening of their open governance capacities

- Citizens, who can access reliable information and relevant tools enabling them to take part in promoting joint public action

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1.Creation of country-by-country actions (Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso)


  • Technical implementation support and/or supplying open data to the government portal at national level.
  • Support for the creation of areas for discussion between CSOs and authorities within the media (cross-media), extending out to the regions.
  • Technological diversification of information channels and strengthening capabilities and editorial content in the media.

Côte d'Ivoire:

  • Support for creating an OGP-CSO platform via awareness-raising initiatives amongst other competent CSOs.
  • Strengthening of capabilities for monitoring implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP).
  • Support for the creation of targeted "open democracy" media incubators.
  • Support for the creation of areas for discussion between CSOs and authorities within the media (cross-media), extending out to the regions.

Burkina Faso:

  • Support for the setting-up and strengthening of the CSO platform.
  • Strengthening of capabilities for CSO monitoring implementation of the NAP.
  • An OGP information and awareness-raising campaign (media, CSOs, authorities).

#PAGOF: selection of participants

June 28, 2018

Following the call for applications by the Project for Promoting Open Governments in the Francophone World (PAGOF) for Tunisia issued in May 2018, six two-person teams from media outlets or NGOs were selected to take part in three training sessions.

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#PAGOF: registration open for the Tunis regional seminar

October 12, 2018

Do you work for a CSO or a government in French-speaking Africa involved in issues such as accountability, transparency in public finance, open governance, the fight against corruption or the co-construction of public policy? You can now pre-register for the #PAGOF regional seminar to be held in Tunis on 22 and 23 November.

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In Burkina Faso, workshops held to boost citizen involvement in local commune management

April 9, 2019

From 25 March to 2 April 2019, five communes (municipalities) benefited from workshops to raise awareness of citizen involvement in commune budget management, organised in conjunction with the Burkina Faso Association of Municipalities (AMBF).

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Burkina Faso develops its second National Action Plan

November 5, 2019

When joining the OGP in 2016, Burkina Faso committed to developing biennial National Action Plans (NAP) in which specific pledges to promote ambitious open government reform would be set out.

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#PAGOF: second regional seminar in Abidjan on 5 and 6 November

November 7, 2019

This seminar brings together more than a hundred people from government and civil society (including media organisations) from 16 African countries with the aim of sharing good practices as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

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2.Support for a regional campaign promoting OGP membership (countries close to becoming eligible)

  • Organisation of an annual regional seminar (in June 2018, in Tunis): the pooling of experience in the field and the sharing of good practices in promoting joint construction of the NAP and implementation of OGP commitments.
  • Drafting of a practical guide to the OGP for the authorities and civil society.
  • Invitation of small CSO delegations to regional seminars in countries that are already members.

#PAGOF: data journalism workshops in Tunisia

July 4, 2018

The first initiatives are now underway following the official launch of the project in Tunis.

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#PAGOF in Tunis in November

July 26, 2018

The first regional seminar for the #PAGOF project is to be held on 22 and 23 November of this year in Tunis. It will enable French-speaking African countries to come together and focus on Open Government and to discuss good practices associated with the OGP. It will bring together participants from civil society (including the media) and government in the relevant countries in question, along with international stakeholders in the open government sphere.

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#PAGOF: towards an open Francophone Africa

December 20, 2018

The first seminar of the Project in Support of Open Governments in French‑Speaking Africa was held on 22 and 23 November 2018 in Tunis. The event was attended by 180 representatives of governments and civil society organisations from 15 different countries.

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“Open Government”: publication of a guide to good practice

May 23, 2019

As part of the #PAGOF project, financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), CFI and Expertise France are providing a guide to good practice and success stories in French-speaking Africa based on the presentations, discussions and insights from the first regional seminar.

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#PAGOF: meeting in Ottawa for the 6th OGP Summit

May 29, 2019

From 29 to 31 May 2019, the #PAGOF team is joining the 6th Global Summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) which this year is being held in Canada.

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Two days of sharing best open government practices in Abidjan

November 22, 2019

The second #PAGOF seminar was held in Abidjan on 5 and 6 November. It brought together almost 120 representatives of governments and civil society organisations from 16 different French‑speaking African countries, with the aim of sharing good practices concerning open government and the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

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Open Government: a guide to good practice and success stories in French-speaking Africa

May 11, 2020

The second guide to good practice and success stories in French-speaking Africa (2019 Edition) has just been published!

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