Advocacy for Open Government
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.
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.
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
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.
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).
1. Mapping of government policies in 5 OGP areas: improving public services; increasing public integrity; more effectively managing public resources; creating safer communities; increasing corporate accountability. Output: clear stakeholder and context analysis, and comparative assessment of challenges in terms of open governance in each policy area for each country.
2. Opinion poll on trust in government.
3. Needs analysis of CSO capacity to monitor implementation, and CSO environment, e.g. legal framework and access to policymakers.
4. Development of methodology for designing commitments and action plans, monitoring implementation, and setting advocacy goals.
5. Launch project websites (common website and six country websites)
6. Public debates and meetings with government officials to design/critique OGP commitments, and country action plans
7. Training on building CSO capacity in each country; finalise advocacy plans to promote commitments and monitor implementation.
8. Monitor implementation, and conduct advocacy with country reports: public debates, campaigns.
9. Final opinion poll on trust in government.
10. Final partners’ meeting (location to be determined by DG Enlargement), including evaluation of project and plans for follow-up, continued monitoring country-by-country.