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Welcome to the Open Government Pioneers Project[edit | edit source]

We should live in a place where people can satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a good quality of life without compromising future generations to come. Unfortunately, this is simply not a reality across the UK today. From low wages and a lack of housing to food insecurity and poor health, we are a long way from being the society we would like to be.

Launched by the United Nations in November 2015, the 2030 Agenda – made up of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – move us a step closer towards that society we'd like to be. Encompassing ambitious social, economic and environmental targets, these goals require all UN members to take action to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and manage their environmental impact.

In the UK, the 2030 Agenda provides an important framework to achieve social, economic and environmental change. In pursuit of the SDGs, governments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be adapting the goals and targets to our national contexts, prioritising outcomes and the distribution of resources.

Our ambition is for the institutions that make these trade-offs to be open, responsive and accountable to citizens – particularly those who are typically excluded – to make sure our pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals responds to the needs of people and communities across the UK, in particular those most in need. Our plan is to build up the networks of civil society and activists in each UK home nation so they are better able to use open government approaches to secure progress towards the SDGs.

You can find more information about the Pioneers Project here.

How to get involved[edit | edit source]

This site is a collaborative space for the Open Government communities in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here we will develop shared proposals and ideas for strengthening civil society's influence on opening up governments at the UK's devolved nation levels to progress towards sustainable development goals

You can immediately start working on developing this wiki, whenever you want (no wiki experience required). No need to register or sign in, unless you want your ideas to be attributed to you. We want you to directly shape these plans by adding your ideas and content to this Wiki. It will be the basis for our approach to funding partners and other supporters, and become the programme of activity for the project.

Please be bold and use this site to write in your ideas on the following:

How to get involved with others:

  • Join the Open Government UK community with its forums for each nation, and details of meet ups and events.
  • Dig directly into local meetup opportunities or start your own with our support at our page
  • See Miraheze FAQ if you want to get more technical with this Wiki.

Dig in to the Action plans for each nation:

  • Contribute to the Scotland action plan - UPDATED!
  • Contribute to the Northern Ireland actions
  • Contribute to the Wales actions
  • Contribute to the England/UK plan

Who is behind this site?[edit | edit source]

This project is being led by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Involve UK.

The site has been set up by Ruchir Shah and Paul Bradley, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Email us at

Find out more about the core partners and our planned governance arrangements for this initiative.