PASOS kicks off ‘Advocacy for Open Government’ project
News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic
PASOS and seven members of the network have launched a two-year project to encourage governments in the Western Balkans to become more transparent.
“Advocacy for Open Government: Civil society agenda-setting and monitoring of country action plans” targets governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The project is being funded by the European Union.
The PASOS members are: Institute for Democracy and Mediation (Albania), Analitika Center for Social Research (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Riinvest Institute for Development Research (Kosovo), Center for Research and Policy Making (Macedonia), Center for Democracy and Human Rights (Montenegro), The Monitoring Center CEMI (Montenegro), and Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (Serbia).
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.
Representatives from PASOS and the partner organizations gathered in Brussels January 21-22 to map out a strategy for the project and to present the project before other NGOs working on EU-funded projects.