Atelier de lucru “Implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale”

Colaje1Invitație la atelierul de lucru cu genericul “Implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale”
Avem plăcerea de a vă invita la atelierul de lucru cu genericul “Implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale” care va avea loc în perioada 7-8 Aprilie 2015 la Hotelul Regency din Chișinău.
Atelierul este organizat de Academia pentru e-Guvernare din Estonia în strînsă colaborare cu Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă și Centrul de Guvernare Electronică din Moldova.
Evenimentul este dedicat reprezentanților din sectorul public, precum și reprezentanților din societatea civilă și are drept scop de a contribui la dezvoltarea capacităților de implicare activă a cetățenii în procesele decizionale.
Obiectivele cheie ale atelierului sînt:
  • De a introduce conceptul  de proces decizional deschis/open decision making;
  • De a prezenta conceptul “Ghidului privind implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale” și de a obține feedback și recomandări atît de la funcționarii publici cît și din partea reprezentanților societății civile;
  • De a obține cunoștințe practice în vederea implementării diferitor etape ale procesului complex de luare participativă a deciziilor (în baza experiențelor și practicilor din Estonia).
Atelierul este bazat pe situații reale din process decizional participativ, și se bazează pe metode interactive de lucru.
Atelierul este condus de către experții din Estonia și Moldova:
Echipa din Estonia:
  • Liia Hänni, Academia pentru e-Guvernare
  • Kristina Reinsalu, Academia pentru e-Guvernare
  • Anu Vahtra-Hellat, Academia pentru e-Guvernare
  • Hille Hinsberg, Praxis
Echipa din Moldova:
  • Veronica Cretu, Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă
  • Onorica Banciu, Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă
  • Nicolae Cretu, Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă
  • Constantin Rusu, Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă
Atenție: conținutul programului atelierului pentru 7 și 8 Aprilie este același, însă orarul este puțin diferit:
  • 7 Aprilie de la 9.30 – 16.00 la Hotelul Regency, Chișinău
  • 8 Aprilie de la 9.30 – 14.30 la Hotelul Regency, Chișinău

Pentru a consulta Agenda și Formularul de Înscriere accesați http://www.ega.ee/MoldovaOpenGov/seminar

Termenul limită pentru înregistrare la eveniment a fost extins pînă la 3 Aprilie 2015!!!

The value of learning and sharing among OGP and non-OGP member countries

BertoniEtAl-MethodsAndToolsForKnowledgeSharingInProductDevelopment-2011-wordleKnowledge is increasingly short-lived. If you do not make use of your knowledge then it rapidly loses its value. That is why sharing knowledge is a synergistic process: and both, the one who shares and the one who learns from this process get a lot out of this experience.

A week ago, Open Government Institute was the host of a study visit/tour for a delegation from Tajikistan (President’s Office) – the purpose of the study being sharing the knowledge Moldova has gained throughout the past years on issues related to Open Data, Open Government, E-Government based on the reforms initiated by the Government, and initiatives which Moldova joined along with other countries during the past years among which Open Government Partnership (OGP), Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), others.

As the Government of Tajikistan aims to develop a more transparent, accountable, and cost-effective government through the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) it looks at Moldova’s experiences given that:

– Moldovan experiences are still very young/’fresh’ and there is still a good institutional memory that can be transferred to those interested to learn from it;

– Moldova uses the most modern technologies and approaches;

– There are some common problems/similarities Moldova shares with Tajikistan which are crucial in the learning process, which is a little bit different if we take countries like Estonia, Singapore, others.

Additionally, Moldova is considered to be one of the champion countries in the region which managed in a very short time to implement a series of ambitious projects and initiatives related to the issues mentioned above: e-government, open government, open data.

Moldova had a series of success factors which positioned the country where it stands today and I am referring to:

– strong political will/commitment to endorse an ambitious/an unknown and yet, promising agenda;

it managed to capitalize on the experience and knowledge existent already globally and to explore it for its own benefits, through strategic partnerships/connections/influential people at the global level;

it managed to get the funds it needed in order to start the implementation of e-Governance transformation agenda (i.e. World Bank funds, State Funds, PPPs, other donors).

So, from the at least, above success factors, Moldova is still attractive to many countries in the region, particularly those from the former Soviet block and the experiences are worth sharing.

The visit started with an Introductory Workshop organized by the Open Government Institute experts, that of focusing on what is behind ‘open government’, why should we care, what is the value of open government for citizens, what does Open Government Partnership provide in this regards, challenges of open government, etc. The Workshop also provided members of the delegation to hear the story of governance e-transformation initiative – an ambitious agenda implemented by the e-Government Center in Moldova.StelaNext visit was with the e-Government Center – which is the core driver of innovations, e-transformations, e-services, e-opportunities and e-government in the country. The meeting was very productive and allowed members of the delegation to understand the key challenges, critical factors, success stories already registered, ways public services work online, several technical details, legal aspects, others.

Second day continued with Open Data Coordinators who shared from their practical experience in implementing the Open Data Agenda, which is just one small core component but a very important one, of the entire e-governance transformation agenda. Delegates shared and asked questions, and the value of the meeting was in the fact that Open Data Coordinators present during the meeting among whom from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, National Bureau of Statistics are considered to be among the champion coordinators.

As the visit continued, members of the delegation met representatives of the Ministry of ICT, and had the opportunity to get more insights into the Public Sector Information Re-use legal framework, its practical implementation methods, challenges. Additionally, the meeting touched upon the Universal Service Fund, Digital Moldova 2020, and other strategic priorities which the Government is working on in 2015.

DataPersonalAs one talks about Open Data, public sector information re-use, we can not avoid speaking about Personal Data Protection, which is why members of the delegation met the young and competent team of the National Center for Personal Data Protection. The meeting addressed several aspects of personal data: legal aspects, practical examples/cases, Conventions Ratified by Moldova and others. For Tajikistan, personal data protection will become an issue once open data will start to be released.

An indispensable part of the Open Data agenda are the users and developers, those who really put data into action. During the study tour, members of the delegation had the opportunity to interact with developers of www.alerte.md from MediaPoint- and it turned out that Tajikistan has a similar application for Dushanbe city which has been institutionalized by the municipal authorities. Additionally, a valuable meeting was held with Trimetrica who have illustrated ways geo-spatial data is being put into maps and used for different purposes including research, agriculture, local development, etc. Expert Grup, is another institution that started using open data from the educational sector and build school report cards based on the data available. In long run, this process should start continuing to influence and improve the quality of the educational outcomes.

Meeting with the World Bank in Moldova has been another valuable experience given that it has exposed members of the delegation to those who have initiated the entire governance e-transformation agenda, know the story from the inside, know what generated the story, what have been the critical elements of it, what to look at, what to reflect more on …

National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology provided members of the delegation with updates on the regulatory processes, the changes that are occurring in the telecommunications sector at the moment, legal framework, others.

Of course, we could not miss a meeting with representatives of the mobile operators – those who are witnessing on a daily basis the increase or decrease or tendencies among the users in terms of the e-services, platforms, what’s popular among them and what is not. Thus, Moldcell provided its perspective on the situation and on the ways it engages with e-Government Center and other players in this ambitious e-agenda.      

All in all, a week of learning and sharing does not stop here …

Open Government Institute will be in Dushanbe, early March, to conduct some demo-workshops and capacity building activities for representatives of the public sector on issues related to open government, e-government, open data. So, for Tajikistan is to be continued …   

And indeed, in order to bring the vision that governments should become more transparent, more accountable and more responsive to their citizens one needs to be exposed to those who are already doing it in practice. And not necessarily in the ideal or perfect way, no …  shift in norms and culture to ensure genuine dialogue and collaboration between governments and civil society does not happen overnight, but at least countries like Moldova have tried and know what is behind this shift. Sharing with the others is an additional value in itself, and only through learning and dialogue we can achieve in both OGP and non-OGP member countries more aspirations towards citizen-engagement, transparency, participation; it is more likely that there will be more reformers in government identified and encouraged to continue the change … improving the lives of thousands and millions across the globe!!!  

 

Open Data in Government: how to bring about change

imagesBy Open Data Institute 255887396-Open-data-in-government-how-to-bring-about-change

Governments around the world are increasingly looking for ways to harness the potential of open data for improved policy-making, and social, economic and environmental benefit. A lot of work has been done to familiarise governments with open data and help them to publish open data. There has been less focus on the longer-term process of embedding open data as standard practice and how that might happen. Ensuring your open data initiative is sustainable is essential to realising the impact of open data. The Open Data Institute (ODI) is exploring how organisational change within government happens to support and sustain open data in the long-term. Through extensive interviews and examination of the literature surrounding organisational change management, the ODI has developed guidance for policy-makers who have been tasked with implementing their own open data initiatives. Thinking about the process of change management from the beginning of your initiative will be essential to realising the social, environmental and economic benefits of open data.

The result: 12 recommendations to help governments sustain open data change and realise its impact

1. Articulate your vision, with clear examples of benefits open data will bring. Start with a vision of the problem open data can help you solve, or the benefits you want to produce: think beyond simply releasing open data. Being able to connect your release of open data to a tangible benefit you would like to achieve can help people connect to the initiative and understand its value.

2. Secure support for your open data initiative from both senior/political leadership and government officials within departments before launch. Build in mechanisms to educate government officials about open data, and explain its benefits, from the very beginning of your open data initiative. Fostering support for the change before launching an initiative will help encourage early uptake.

3. Combine top-down leadership for your open data initiative with support for individual or frontline champions in government. While senior buy-in is important to maintain open data as a priority, frontline champions are important to growing the initiative from the bottom up, and driving implementation of your open data vision.

4. Build open communication and mechanisms for feedback into your open data initiative from the outset, both inside and outside government. These could be formal mechanisms, like advisory groups, online feedback forms and regular meetings, and informal mechanisms, like social media outreach. Invite feedback and be open with your department(s) about the transition to using and producing open data, and how their work could be affected. This will ensure employees are more engaged and satisfied with the change.

5. Set out some quick wins for your open data initiative – like releasing a certain number of datasets as open data, or supporting a pilot use-case – but make sure these are part of a long-term goal for open data, which each department can align progress with. Linking quick wins to long-term goals can help maintain momentum for change.

6. Be flexible and responsive to the strengths and needs of different departments and teams. Be clear on your long-term vision for open data, but be careful not to get locked into one transition plan for open data from the beginning. Look for examples of best practice in managing the transition to using and producing open data, and use these to help other departments. Being agile and responsive helps ensure the transition continues to align with any public sector reform and changing technologies.

7. Consolidate your change management efforts: use your emergent leaders as peer educators and innovators. Keep building on your incremental quick wins as part of your long-term open data strategy. Consolidating efforts helps to make each element of change management more effective, and helps identify gaps in strategy.

8. Ensure there are people with responsibility for change management – supporting departments and coordinating feedback – as part of your open data team. Quite often, we think of a ‘change team’ as being set up to deliver open data objectives: build a portal, release datasets and stimulate reuse. Change management is an equally important part of the process, and can increase initial buy-in for the initiative, as well as a sense of ownership within departments of their open data efforts.

9. Seek out and foster stories of the impact of open data, to help illustrate its value for government implementers. Adjust your impact narrative or ‘business case’ for different departments, so it makes sense in terms of their overall visions, capacities and existing processes.

10. Foster external support within industry, civil society and academia to drive continued demand for open data. External support can help to maintain political will to support open data, and be a source of ongoing learning and dialogue.

11. Introduce opportunities for civil servants to take part in ongoing learning about open data. This could be through open data training, secondments to ‘best practice’ teams working with open data or regular workshops. It will help you continue to improve and expand the reach of your open data initiative.

12. Build metrics to regularly evaluate your open data activities. This will help you to measure progress, benchmark success and identify areas for improvement.

The guidance is not absolute; some principles will be applied differently in different contexts. However, the principles for managing open data change that are set out in this paper should provide a useful framework or template for long-term thinking. This paper is the starting point for a deeper exploration of how change happens in government to support open data. Over the next 12-18 months, we will look to build on the themes and scope of this paper, through ongoing research and discussion with global leaders.

 

 

 

Moldova’s Open Data Movement

Case study: Moldova’s open data movement

This case study was supported by the Partnership for Open Data, funded by the World Bank

Author: Veronica Cretu, Open Government Institute, Moldova


Executive summary

Moldova embarked on a national open data initiative in 2011 as part of its Governance e-Transformation Agenda. The initiative has drawn support from the highest levels of government, with two Prime Ministerial directives and new legal provisions solidifying the country’s commitment to opening up government data by default.

Led by the e-Government Centre, the initiative has spurred the release of 782 datasets from 39 institutions across the government.

One critical factor contributing to the success of the initiative was the political support from the Prime Minister and State Chancellery. Other crucial elements have been the solid legal framework and the development of the open data portal: date.gov.md.

Although Moldova has taken significant strides towards the goal of making government data open by default, a number of challenges remain. These include:

  • A lack of interoperability and digitised data.
  • Outdated practices in charging for PSI reuse.
  • A lack of inventories to keep track of available data for reuse.
  • A lack of necessary data-related skills in the public sector.
  • Uncertainty surrounding privacy and confidentiality.

Current efforts revolve around the need to enforce existing legislation and maintain political support for open data.

In the next phase of open data implementation, the following steps are recommended:

  • An entry test or examination for to equip civil servants working with open data with the necessary skills for working with data, and presenting it in appropriate formats for consumption.
  • Support initiatives based on the use of open data for creation of useful applications for citizens/different target groups/beneficiaries.
  • Continue raising awareness about the importance of open data for government transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • ‘Open data by default’ should be embedded into any IT system or e-service being designed, developed and used in government.
  • Match the supply of open government data with demand from civil society, media and business to unlock economic value and track government performance.
  • Promote local ownership of open data efforts, so that open data becomes part of Local Public Authorities’ agenda.
  • Develop open data competencies across society by introducing data analysis, coding and other relevant skills into the formal school curriculum.

 

For more please visit http://theodi.org/case-studies/case-study-a-profile-of-open-data-initiatives-in-moldova

The need for proper consultation processes around Open Data

ConsultationsLast week, on January 30th, Open Government Institute together with E-Government Center organized a working meeting with open data coordinators from Ministries and public agencies.

The meeting had a number of objectives among which:

  • Setting the scene for 2015;
  • Sharing some practical examples on the use of open data;
  • Reflecting on ways to improve the consultation processes around open data in order to boost more demand for open data;
  • Assigning open data coordinators with a task: identify one ambitious open data commitment that could be part of the Action Plan on Open Government for years 2015-2016.

Whether the meeting managed to achieve its objectives remains to be seen from the way this agenda moves forward in the year 2015.

The open data agenda is not a new one for Moldova … Moldovan Government, like many other Governments from around the globe, has acknowledged, more than three years ago, that opening up the data collected by the Government can increase government transparency and generate more public trust, stimulate innovative approaches and help in improving governments’ performance results.

The open data portal www.date.gov.md started to gain more popularity in 2014 and thus, registered 787 open data sets available to the public, 4 new public institutions joined the platform and more than 222 thousands downloads took place last year.
One aspect which was at the core of January 30th meeting related to the way public institutions consult their stakeholders who might be interested in particular open data sets. The discussion revealed that there is no proper consultation process in place when it comes to open data, even though open data is like any other policy issue which needs to undergo the same process as any other initiative (as per Law on Transparency in the decision making process from 13.11. 2008).

There is still this tendency among many public servants to state that civil society is not interested in, that the general population has no clue about what the data is and what is the data important/or what is it for, etc.

me_moderatingOr, may be, the issue is with the public institutions themselves who do not apply adequate practices and tools to reach out to potential users of the data, do outreach and identify what are their interests and needs. Isn’t it something that fits into the government’s job?! Isn’t the government the one to work for its people and working for its people means hearing what they have to say, on different dimensions?!

There are some very simple and clear steps in any consultation process and they relate to the following:

  • Mapping all the potentially interested stakeholders;
  • Defining, together with key stakeholders, the main objectives of the consultation process;
  • Selecting/identifying most appropriate/ relevant consultation methods and tools (cost-effectiveness is to be considered as well);
  • Setting a time line for consultations;
  • Preparing both online and offline resources needed for a proper consultation process;
  • Sharing with the wider public about the consultations being announced and thus allowing as many other interested parties to get engaged;
  • Sharing with the public what suggestions/recommendations have been received;
  • Doing an analyses of the proposals received and providing feedback to those who provided contributions. This will definitely increase the chances for their participation any other time;
  • Review/evaluate how the consultation process worked, capitalize on the experience and draw lessons which could be valuable in the next consultation rounds.

There are some principles to be considered as well and they relate to:

  • Clear language – don’t depart in the interaction with different stakeholders’ groups from the assumption that everyone is an expert in the field. This is totally wrong. The language used during the consultation process has to be adjusted in a way that responds to the needs, readiness, education, perceptions of those whom are being addressed;
  • Diversify the platforms for interaction – even the classical round table meetings can be much more participant centered and more dynamic as compared to a presenter-centered model;
  • Provide feedback on any comment received – it is important that people feel empowered, and it does not matter if it is a “Thank You for your comment” message, it is important that there is a communication going on. Without it there is no trust, openness and no participation.

I am very much aware of how much resistance is still there in the public sector towards things which are new, towards changes that are being required …  but any positive change leads to another positive change, and isn’t it something we want for the society we live in today?!

By Veronica Cretu (President, Open Government Institute) 

Implicarea cetățenilor în luarea deciziilor – reflecții din partea societății civile

Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă, în parteneriat cu Centrul de Guvernare Electronică și Academia pentru e-Guvernare din Estonia, cu suportul financiar al Ministerului de Externe a Estoniei implementează proiectul „Implementarea principiilor pentru o Guvernare Deschisă în implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale în Moldova”.

Unul din obiectivele proiectului este elaborarea unui Ghid metodologic pentru Autoritățile Publice Centrale privind implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale. Ghidul va fi elaborat în baza unui studiu care va permite o înțelegere mai bună a practicilor curente aplicate de APC, precum și a necesităților APC legate de asigurarea unei implicări active a cetățenilor în procesele decizionale la toate nivelele.

În acest context a fost elaborat un chestionar, care este parte a studiului sus menționat și este destinat reprezentanților societății civile. Completarea acestuia va permite o mai bună înțelegere a situației curente, precum și identificarea de noi oportunități de dezvoltare și implementare a principiilor pentru o Guvernare Deschisă și implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale în Republica Moldova.

Termenul limită pentru completarea chestionarului este 7 noiembrie 2014. Vă mulțumim anticipat pentru timpul dvs.! Chestionarul poate fi accesat aici 

 

Implicarea cetățenilor în luarea deciziilor – practici aplicate de Autoritățile Publice Centrale

Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă, în parteneriat cu Centrul de Guvernare Electronică și Academia pentru e-Guvernare din Estonia, cu suportul financiar al Ministerului de Externe a Estoniei implementează proiectul „Implementarea principiilor pentru o Guvernare Deschisă în implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale în Moldova”.

Unul din obiectivele proiectului este elaborarea unui Ghid metodologic pentru Autoritățile Publice Centrale privind implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale. Ghidul va fi elaborat în baza unui studiu care va permite o înțelegere mai bună a practicilor curente aplicate de APC, precum și a necesităților APC legate de asigurarea unei implicări active a cetățenilor în procesele decizionale la toate nivelele.

În acest context, echipa de proiect a elaborat un chestionar, care este parte a studiului sus menționat și este destinat reprezentanților APC responsabili de transparență în procesul decizional și implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale. Completarea acestuia va permite o mai bună înțelegere a situației curente, precum și identificarea de noi oportunități de dezvoltare și implementare a principiilor pentru o Guvernare Deschisă și implicarea cetățenilor în procesele decizionale în Republica Moldova.

Termenul limită pentru completarea chestionarului este 7 noiembrie 2014. Vă mulțumim anticipat pentru timpul dvs.! Chestionarul poate fi accesat aici 

The secret is in the vision … the vision of the new type of government-citizen relationship!!!

Estonia1 Estonia2 There is more and more talk these days about open government and the need to get more citizen-centric initiatives and reforms. Moldova is not an exception and continues to embark on some ambitious commitments related to open government, in spite of high level of corruption, poverty and destabilized political situation, including due to the Ukrainian conflict.

Nonetheless, as a country which is a member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the Government needs to deliver on the commitments it made for 2014 in terms of the Open Government Agenda/National Action.

But do those commitments need to be exclusively taken over by the Government or is an Open Government Agenda fully the Government’s responsibility?!

As part of Moldova’s Second Action Plan on Open Government, there are actions which are assumed by both the Government and civil society (in this case efforts led by the Open Government Institute). This vision was shared as being the one which ‘breaks’ the stereotype according to which it is only the Government responsible for open government agenda. Securing high level engagement from the civil society around this agenda is equally important. Thus, 2 commitments from the National Action Plan on Open Government are the responsibility of both Government and Civil society and they relate to:

  • Adopting new public consultations principles. The Government in collaboration with civil society will draft the guiding rules of public consultation in line with the OECD principles for the public administration authorities.
  • Training civil servants for improved communication. Training on the use of online tools of communication with citizens in the decision-making process will be offered to at least 50 civil servants in order to improve online communication between government and citizens.

In line with the above, Open Government Institute, together with e-Government Center started working on identifying and mobilizing resources for the implementation of the above commitments. With support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and our colleagues from the e-Governance Academy, we have finally managed to reach Estonia this week (August 17-21) and get the opportunity to sit and reflect on:

– what might be the best way to design guidelines for public servants and what would motivate public sectors want to conduct proper, citizen-centric consultations and policy making processes;

– how Estonia manages to get its citizens consulted and their views reflected in numerous strategies, papers, documents without not necessarily having Central Public Administrations mandated with such type of consultations and yet, many Ministries do care about whether or not their citizens would agree or disagree with the proposed reforms or policies;

– what might be the pre-conditions for launching a network of open government reformers and reformers in government both in Moldova and Estonia;

– how would a portfolio of a public servant look like, the futuristic approach for the public sector given the continuously changing and emerging new competencies public servants need today and many others …

All being discussed, reflected upon together with those who are responsible for making the work around Open Government in Estonia smooth, interesting and exciting. The reason it is exciting for them (colleagues from civil society and from the Government) is because their vision is not only related to what they want to do domestically, but also, what role they want to play in the Open Government Partnership and beyond it. This vision is crucial for determining the approaches and ways one works with its Ministries, reformers, international partners … the vision is about the new type of government and government relationships with its citizens!

The vision is in everything the country does, makes, says, talks about, builds, creates, generates, inspires, motivates …. Moldova needs a vision as well, and we are eager to help build that vision with our Moldovan-Estonian initiative!

Many thanks to our Estonian colleagues for organizing the study visit for us particularly to Liia Hanni & Kristina Reinsalu! We had a very interesting Agenda and got the opportunity to meet and interact with many important organizations and experts Study-Tour to Estonia in August 2014_LAST VERSION 15.08

To be continued …

P.S Moldova’ Second Action Plan on Open Government can be found at http://www.opengovpartnership.org/second-action-plan-moldova-2014

Estonia’s Second Action Plan on Open Government can be found at http://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/estonia

Call for Consultative Expert Group for the ‘Implementation of the Open Government principles in Moldova” project

Background: e-Governance Academy Estonia in partnership with Open Government Institute Moldova and e-Government Center Moldova, with financial support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, under the Estonian Development Cooperation, started the implementation of a one year “Implementation of the Open Government Principles in Moldova” project.

The idea of this project departs from the current efforts of both Moldovan Government and civil society to promote the core values and principles for Open Government: transparency, openness, accountability, citizen-engagement in decision-making processes, citizens as partners, others, particularly in the context of open government related efforts and Moldova’s membership in the Open Government  Partnership (OGP). More specifically, the project will contribute to the successful implementation of commitments from Moldova’s Second Action Plan on Open Government. The 2nd Action Plan is not a stand-alone plan, rather, part of a broader Action Plan for the Strategic Program for Technological Modernization of Governance (e-Transformation) implementation. 13 commitments of the above mentioned Plan relate to Open Government measures/initiatives and fall under Promoting the Principles of Open Government through consolidating public integrity and ensuring a participatory decision making process: via citizen engagement and increasing transparency in the Governance processes.

Amongst the key commitments for 2014, two commitments which are at the core of this project relate to “Elaborating and implementing methodological norms on citizen consultation processes, adjusted to the OECD recommendations on “Citizens as partners”(2001), that will become applicable for all public authorities” and “Capacity building for public servants on open government and open data”. These actions came as recommendations of the civil society working group on E-Government/Open Government (part of National Participation Council), coordinated by the Open Government Institute back in 2013.

Scope of Work: the main scope of work of the consultative expert group is to elaborate a methodological guidebook on citizens’ engagement in decision-making/policy making, as well as to share the results to the representatives of Moldova central public administration. It is intended that this methodological guidebook will become mandatory for all Moldova Central Public Authorities and will be, later, adjusted to the needs and realities of the Local Public Authorities.

Duties and responsibilities – click on the following document for full details on the Call for Experts

Please note that the deadline for submitting the Statements of Interest is July 20, 2014

Comparative Study of Open Governance and Data Security in Eastern Partnership Countries

Open Government Partnership has brought a renewed political attention to the questions of transparency and good governance into international arena. While we have heard a lot from the Digital Agenda of the European Commission and best practices from developed countries, these questions are also addressed by our neighbors to the East. The present report aims to provide a first coherent overview of a multitude of initiatives undertaken by the 6 Eastern Partnership Countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Here is the full report – ep_opengovernance_datasecurity