Advocacy for Open Government: Civil society agenda-setting and monitoring of country action plans
Advocacy for Open Government is an EU-funded project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.
Through a common methodology addressing a common framework for open government, the project will include expert training of civil society in the methodology for shaping Open Governance Partnership (OGP) commitments country by country, training of civil society organisations based in advocacy, monitoring, and policy analysis. The project will monitor the impact of government polices, and will develop commitments for governments to make under the OGP Initiative. A mapping of government policy and capacity will be carried out for all six countries, with a view to developing policy-relevant country action plans advocating open government and integrity to address the five challenges around which the OGP commitments are structured. The project will draw on experience from new EU members, critique commitments, and draw up advocacy plans for monitoring achievements in open government.
Expected project outcomes
• Clear action plans and commitments under the OGP initiative, and legislation and reforms of procedures in line with the acquis communautaire. This will be achieved through advocacy and engagement with governments to make government more efficient and more transparent. It will include legislation and procedures on freedom of information, data protection, public procurement, procedures for dealing with public inquiries about information.
• Improved professional standards of handling and processing data in public institutions, including codes of conduct concerning both privacy and open governance – for public officials, politicians, and the private sector.
• The lessons learned and successes in each country (combined with news and social media dissemination) will be evaluated continuously to enable replication in the other countries where appropriate.
Advocacy for Open Government – Updates
The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies has completed an analysis of the Serbian Draft Action Plan of the Partnership for Open Government Initiative, for the period of 2016-2017, as part of a PASOS project on open government in the Western Balkans.
Representatives of state institutions, independent experts, international organizations and CSOs working in the areas relevant for OGP, as well as representatives of foreign embassies, took part in this Centre for Democracy and Human Rights conference.
The Center for Social Research Analitika is organizing a November 30 webinar on “Proactive transparency: The paradigm shift in access to information,” as part of a PASOS project on open government.
The Centre for Democracy and Human Rights is holding this November 17-18 event in Podgorica, as part of a PASOS project on open government.
The Center for Social Research Analitika organized this October 27 webinar on “Open Data: From Idea to Action,” as part of a PASOS project on open government.
The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) in Belgrade held this October 17 webinar on the topic of “Legal aspects of open access to data in public sector” as part of a PASOS project on open government.
The Center for Social Research Analitika held this October 20 webinar on “The benefits and challenges of e-procurement: EU perspective,” as part of a PASOS project on open government.