July 24, 2016

 
 

Today’s Weekly Update is a day early because I’m headed to mother child camp at the beach. You read that right – it’s a summer camp for adults and kids. So I’ll be making lanyards and friendship bracelets and kayaking and hiking. If you need anything from ELGL over the next week, you can contact Kent or Ben.

 

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OGP in the News – Week of July 11, 2016

A series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world.

 
 

This week, as OGP continued to receive National Action Plans from around the world, numerous OGP news items discussed the reception of the newly-minted and forthcoming plans in the countries where they were developed.

 
 

This was the case in Kenya, where there was a good deal of coverage of the country’s second National Action Plan, including an op-ed in the leading Daily Nation that spoke of the significance of OGP and the country’s new action plan. Highlighting commitments on extractive industries, anti-corruption, beneficial ownership and open contracting, the piece affirmed:

 
 

The National Action Plan outlines clear time-bound milestones that need to be achieved in two years, inspiring new or catalysing ongoing processes of Kenya’s transformation agenda…. In order for these commitments to ultimately benefit the ordinary citizen, the plan’s implementation must become the business of all Kenyans.

 
 

In addition, Kenya’s The Star featured an article on the plan’s commitment to “develop a technology-driven project monitoring portal,” which aims to combat corruption and “help citizens to participate in project identification, evaluation and report, and provide feedback for better accountability.” And while not directly related to the new plan, Foreign Policy published a piece entitled “How Kenya Cleaned Up Its Courts” – an in-depth look (based on an OGP-funded case study) at the nation’s progress in bringing about much-needed judicial reform.

 
 

In Guatemala, as ideas for the country’s upcoming National Action Plan were reported in outlets such as República.gt, the successes of the last plan made headlines. Fox News Latino and Panamá América, featured pieces on the Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies‘s praise for Guatemala’s advances achieved through the OGP framework for financial transparency.

 
 

A forthcoming plan was also the subject of press coverage in Sri Lanka, where The Daily Financial Times of Colombo ran an article which described the three-month process of multi-sectoral consultation, listed the areas of focus, and invited public feedback for the country’s first National Action Plan. The island nation also put OGP in the headlines with a visit by US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, whose praise and encouragement of steps taken toward greater transparency and economic development were covered in both The Daily Mirror and The Daily Financial Times. In her remarks from a meeting on July 13, featured in full on the US State Department website, she noted:

 
 

This fair and transparent playing field will make Sri Lanka a global leader and example for other countries working to overcome periods of adversity. Here I have to say Sri Lanka’s decision to join the Open Government Partnership is a prime example of the country’s leadership. This partnership will give Sri Lanka access to the expertise of other countries striving for more transparent, accountable, responsive government, and a platform to highlight Sri Lanka’s experiences in open government and reform on a global level.

 
 

There was plenty of OGP news elsewhere in the world as well. In the Philippines, an op-ed in Inquirer.net spoke of continuing to bolster “constructive” dialogue between businesses and government, citing public-private consultation as a commitment in the country’s current National Action Plan. A joint statement from a recent meeting between French President François Hollande and South African President Jacob Zuma, highlighting December’s Global OGP Summit in Paris, ran on AllAfrica.com and Polity.org.za. Diario Popular of Buenos Aires featured a story on Argentina‘s national telecommunications company’s recent signature of a transparency agreement that, it was reported, was developed based on standards of and practices of openness organizations like OGP. The Russian-language Caucasian Knot reported on May’s decision to designate OGP-member Azerbaijan as “inactive” within the Partnership, discussing Azerbaijani civil society’s call for the government to remedy the country’s situation within OGP, and to create a dialogue mechanism between civil society and government.  

 
 

On the international organizations front, pieces from the ONE Campaign, Devex and SciDev.Net on open data and development referenced OGP as a potent instrument for moving forward in these areas. Devex also ran an article on “President Obama and his development legacy” that spoke of his administration’s “important strides on transparency and [its contribution in driving] the Open Government Partnership to impressive levels of participation.” Moreover, FreedomInfo.org featured articles from Global Integrity and Open Data Study that cited OGP on the World Bank’s governance agenda and the future of open government efforts in the United Kingdom following the recent “Brexit” vote.

 
 

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Of course, we can’t catch everything in our news round-ups, so if you see we’ve missed something or think a particular story ought to be featured, please send it to alex.vedovi@opengovpartnership.org.

 
 

 

 

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Abriendo gobiernos, abriendo mentes: Compromisos Estelares de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto

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OGP es un movimiento global de reformadores que intentan generar ideas innovadoras que resulten en reformas de alto impacto. Un componente clave de este movimiento es el aprendizaje, en el que actores de gobierno, la sociedad civil y la ciudadanía pueden colaborar para mejorar la provisión de los servicios públicos para los ciudadanos y alzar sus voces. Los mejores ejemplos de ello, las reformas destacadas, sirven como un modelo para los otros gobiernos y promueven las buenas prácticas al ser un referente de ambición y creatividad para la apertura en el gobierno.

 
 

El Mecanismo de Reporte Independiente (IRM por sus siglas en inglés) de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto (OGP por sus siglas en inglés) recientemente anunció las reformas destacadas del último ciclo de planes de acción. A su vez, la Unidad de Apoyo de OGP compiló y publicó estas iniciativas en el documento Reformas Destacadas de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto.

 
 

Los compromisos destacados que se presentan en esta compilación son excelentes y abordan una gran variedad de temas en diferentes contextos nacionales. El compromiso destacado de Mongolia, una promesa de mejorar la gobernanza de los recursos naturales, ha sido utilizada para publicar en línea datos sobre las actividades industriales que podrían tener un impacto en la salud de las personas y en el medio ambiente. Hasta la fecha se han publicado por lo menos 22 conjuntos de datos, dando a los ciudadanos la oportunidad de comprender el impacto que las industrias extractivas podrían tener. Si Mongolia logra completar el compromiso, sus ciudadanos podrán identificar qué empresas son responsables.  

 
 

En Europa, el compromiso destacado de Ucrania resalta los esfuerzos realizados para incrementar el acceso público de los archivos de la era Soviética, tema de importancia para toda la ex Unión Soviética. Estos archivos albergan más de setenta años de la historia de Ucrania. El parlamento ucraniano aprobó una ley que mandata que los registros de este periodo (1917-1991) se transfieran a un archivo central en donde los ciudadanos pueden analizar los registros e historia de setenta años de represión por parte del Estado, en muchos casos una experiencia vivida a nivel personal. Esto “claramente representa un nuevo compromiso de Ucrania hacia la apertura”, pues estos archivos son para los ciudadanos una oportunidad sin precedentes para conocer la historia de su país, además de investigar lo que ocurrió con sus parientes y amigos durante la era soviética.

 
 

En otros sitios de Europa, los compromisos destacados están arrojando luz sobre la actividad financiera y económica de los gobiernos. En Italia el gobierno desarrolló un sitio web en el que se publican los gastos del gobierno central y locales. Esto permite a los ciudadanos dar seguimiento a los gastos en un país que históricamente se ha caracterizado por una falta de transparencia fiscal. El registro público de cabildeo de Irlanda muestra quién está haciendo cabildeo en el gobierno y por qué motivo. Irlanda fue muy afectada por la crisis financiera del 2008, en parte debido a la opacidad que caracterizó a la relación entre los cabilderos y el gobierno irlandés.

 
 

En las Américas, donde recientemente ocurrió el Encuentro Regional de OGP, también cuenta con algunos compromisos destacados. A pesar de la “brecha en la implementación” que (discutimos aquí en el encuentro), diversos países de las Américas han establecido compromisos con potencial transformador. Chile, por ejemplo, está desarrollando un marco de política ambiental centrado en la ciudadanía que podría fortalecer las iniciativas de gobernanza en los recursos naturales e incrementar la confianza del público. Paraguay ha establecido Consejos de Desarrollo Municipal, lo que permite a los ciudadanos participar en la toma de decisiones a nivel local. Este tipo de gobernanza directa podría servir como un modelo para las Américas, pero también para las áreas con rápido crecimiento urbano de todo el mundo. Canadá se comprometió a escalar la apertura en los datos en todos los niveles de gobierno, permitiendo a los ciudadanos tener acceso a la información sobre los servicios públicos, desde el nivel municipal.

 
 

Para conocer más detalles sobre estos compromisos destacados y mayor información sobre su uso y audiencias, consulta los materiales sobre Reformas Destacadas de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto disponibles en el sitio web de OGP. Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre los compromisos destacados, el proceso de monitoreo o sobre el IRM en general, por favor envíanos un correo a irm@opengovpartnership.org.  

 

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