The Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.

About the TAP Network

The Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network is a broad network of CSOs that works to ensure that open, inclusive, accountable and effective governance is at the heart of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that civil society is recognized and mobilized as indispensable partners in the design, implementation and accountability of sustainable development policies, at all levels.

The TAP Network engages some of the foremost expert organizations on the issues of transparency, accountability and participatory governance. The TAP Network benefits from the invaluable expertise, experiences and unique perspectives of its members, all of whom come together to collaborate on joint work and common positions under the TAP Network umbrella.

WFUNA hosts the secretariat for the TAP Network, including TAP’s Coordinator, John Romano. The secretariat works to coordinate the engagement of TAP members within the Network and helps facilitate the group’s engagement in the formal SDG processes.

The work of the TAP Network is funded by grants from a group of generous donors, including the Open Society Foundations and Hewlett Foundation.  

The TAP Network's Vision

TAP’s vision for post-2015 governance is framed by notions of rule-of-law and the TAP principles of transparency, accountability, and citizen participation, as well as respect for human rights. Effective governance in a post-2015 world requires transparent, participatory and inclusive institutions that are accountable to the very people that the 2030 Agenda intends to engage.

As civil society organizations from developing and developed countries, the TAP Network is united in the belief that open, inclusive, accountable and effectivegovernance is both an outcome and an enabler of sustainable and equitable development. The SDG framework must promote openness, accountability and effective public institutions, build trust between states and its citizens, and empower civil society to engage in the design, implementation and accountability of public policies, at all levels.

TAP’s work also reflects the will and impetus of the millions of citizens from around the world who voted for ‘an honest and responsive government’ as one of their top priorities in the MyWorld survey – a theme which often recurs in consultations with people around the world. In order to maximize reach and influence, civil society must come together to speak with a unified voice: we are stronger together than we are individually. 

To learn more, visit the TAP Network website.    

TAP Network Contact:

John Romano, Coordinator
Phone: +1 917 367-3241

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