Challenges and Opportunities for Open Government
The Institute for Democracy and Mediation and the Albanian Ministry of Innovation and Public Administration are holding this March 28 public conference in Tirana. The conference aims to offer civil society consultation on the Open Government Initiative to Albanian governmental and private entities.
Representatives from 8 organizations connected to PASOS will be taking part in the one-day conference. The event is being held as part of “Advocacy for Open Government,” an EU-funded PASOS project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.
Organizers expect the conference to generate a package of recommendations from civil society about the commitments that should be undertaken by Albania in their 2014-2015 Open Government Action Plan. The proposals will be structured according to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) objectives and principles, and will be delivered to all stakeholders.
During the second part of the conference, three working groups composed of public and private sector representatives will discuss proposals from civil society, and they will come up with a set of final recommendation.
Participants will include representatives of Albanian public institutions, civil society organizations, the diplomatic corps, experts and civil society organizations from the South-East Europe region.
The OGP is an international intiativewhereby member governments make commitments (outlined in Action Plans) to promote transparency, the empowerment of ctizens, and take measures against corruption by using information technology and innovation to increase transparency and public accountatability.
The OGP initiative has attracted great attention from governments at a global level, and now includes 63 participating countries. Albania was one of the first countries to embrace this initiative, and in this framework has developed the first Action Plan 2012-1013 (attached). This Action Plan includes 30 commitments in three primary areas (Increasing Public Integrity, Improving Public Services, and Efficient Management of Public Resources).