Capacity building is key when it comes to promoting open government particularly in countries with no participatory democracy experience …

event2Last month, at the beginning of April 2015, Open Government Institute Moldova in close partnership with E-Governance Academy Estonia and E-Government Center Moldova organized a working workshop for public servants and civil society representatives in Chişinău focusing on “Citizen engagement in decision making processes”. The event is one of the commitments which Moldovan Government together with Civil Society “co-committed” to implement as part of Moldova’s Second Action Plan on Open Government, under Moldova’s membership in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

participantsBoth days were attended by more than 90 representatives of the public sector, civil society organizations and independent experts, and provided a platform for learning and sharing practical mechanisms and tools for citizen engagement, including from Estonian experience, and ways inclusion of civic groups and individual citizens in governance can be achieved.

The event also presented the first draft of the “Citizen Engagement in Decision Making processes” guide – an online interactive guide, that comes to support the Government of Moldova in increasing the transparency in the decision-making, in general and provides a set of tools and templates for the civil servants in implementing the Law on transparency in decision-making, in particular.

Context/the need for such a guide: 

The Moldovan Law on transparency of the decision-making contains principles and procedures to be followed in the daily work of public authorities and contributes to improving the quality of the decisions drafted and approved, accountability of authorities to citizens, and to increasing the support of citizens for the policies approved and actions undertaken. The Government Decision for the implementation of the Law provides more detailed and practical information for citizen engagement. However, the Decision is not exhaustive and it does not contain sufficient specific guidance for civil servants during consultation process. Thus, the Citizen Engagement website covers existing methodological gaps, by providing all necessary instruments for conducting public information and consultation throughout all stages of decision-making set in existing legislation. It lists the most important Government and civil society institutions, specifies responsibilities for concerned civil servants, reviews legislation and develops tools and templates, as well as provides guidelines used by other governments and organisations.

In line with the above, the given platform is an active, live platform/document, aimed at providing support to Central Public Authorities representatives in Moldova on ways to implement citizen-engagement practices in Moldova, through following the legal provisions adopted by the Government of Moldova during the past years, in regards to Transparency in decision making, Access to information, Open data, Open government, etc.

guideThe main idea behind this platform is to serve as a regular information point for coordinators, heads of author subdivisions, responsible officers, etc. on ways, practices, mechanisms to implement the provisions related to citizen-engagement. The platform makes references to the legal provisions, as well as provides, where available, different templates, samples of documents, which might save a lot of time (especially when staff responsible for these processes are either new to the processes or very junior).

It is a google sites platform, easy to use and can be updated at any time by any central or local public authority in the future (once the guide is complete).

Key take away based on the discussions and reflections during the event:

– Capacity building around issues related to open government, citizen engagement, social accountability are a must for an OGP member country that lacks the ‘history’ and background of participatory democracy, citizen engagement. It is also important that such capacity building clarify the key differences between emerging concepts and notions such as open government and e-government, etc.;

– Engaging central public authorities, such as State Chancellery is a crucial factor in ensuring sustainability of the capacity building efforts as well as of ensuring that practical toolkits and guides are going to be further implemented by Central Public Authorities;

– Events around the issues of open government have to bring together government representatives, CSOs, both at national and local levels, in order to create platforms for dialogue, reciprocal learning and sharing and exchange of possible solutions;

– Such events have to also bring representatives of different sectors, thus, anchoring the discussions around sector specific solutions related to citizen engagement in decision making processes;

– Any emerging sector/area of development requires human resources capable to address it constructively, innovatively, comprehensively, holistically;

– Following up with everyone attending the event, and continuing the discussions via a mailing list (thus, we have created an online community of open government/citizen engagement practitioners).

Note: The workshop on April 7-8, 2015 is part of the ‘Introduction of the principles of open governance in the inclusion of citizens in the decision-making process in Moldova’ project, which is being implemented by e-Governance Academy Estonia, supported by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the framework of development cooperation.

“Citizen engagement in decision making processes” workshop in April

WHY CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT?! 

Recent events have shown that the relationship between government and citizens is in need of repair. In just the last few years, we have witnessed calls from all over the world, from the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to the Open Government Partnership, for governments to become more open, accountable and responsive by deepening their engagement with citizens. As a result, interest in citizen engagement programs for effective development has gained momentum.

Citizen engagement is what open government is all about. It underpins many of the processes described in this online guide – with active citizenship often being a vital link between transparency and accountability. The Open Government Partnership recognizes this in its eligibility criteria, stating that: ‘Open Government requires openness to citizen participation and engagement in policy-making and governance, including basic protections for civil liberties’ (Open Government Partnership). In an increasingly complex world, citizens’ input is a critical resource for policy-making. Good decision-making requires the knowledge, experiences, views and values of the public. Implementing difficult decisions depends on citizens’ consent and support. Unless citizens understand and are engaged in the decision themselves, trust is easily lost (OECD, 2009).

In line with the above, Open Government Institute, E-Government Center Moldova and e-Governance Academy Estonia are organizing a “Citizen engagement in decision making processes” Workshop on April 7-8, 2015 at Regency Hotel, Chisinau.

The press-release for the upcoming events in April can be accessed from hereMoldova_OpenGov_April_pressrelease

The workshop will bring together public officials of Ministries and representatives of CSOs, partners of the Moldovan Central Public Authorities for developing capability to engage and be engaged in open decision-making process.

The objective of the workshop are:

  • To introduce the concept of open decision making;
  • To present the concept of the Guidebook on Citizen engagement in decision making and get feedback and recommendations from both public servants and representatives of CSOs;
  • To get practical knowledge how to manage different stages of complex decision making processes (based on Estonian experiences and practices)

The workshop is based on real situations which may occur in decision-making processes, using interactive methods and formats.

The workshop will be conducted by both Estonian and Moldovan experts:

Estonian team members:

  • Liia Hänni, e-Governance Academy
  • Kristina Reinsalu, e-Governance Academy
  • Hille Hinsberg, Praxis

Moldovan team members:

  • Veronica Cretu, President, Open Government Institute
  • Onorica Banciu, Expert, Open Government Institute
  • Nicolae Cretu, Program Director, Open Government Institute
  • Constantin Rusu, Expert, Open Government Institute

 

AGENDA

DAY 1 – April 7 (10:00- 16:00)

Time Session Details
9:30 – 10:00 Registration of participants
10:00 – 10:30 Introductory Session
  • Welcoming remarks by Stela Mocan, Executive Director, E-Government Center and Ruslan Codreanu Head of Policies, Strategic Planning and Foreign Aid Division, State Chancellary
  • Presentation of participants, presentation of the experts/team and sharing the main objectives of the event and project, how is connected to OGP and Information Society, what are the expected outcomes for Moldova
10:30- 11:00 Session 1- Guidebook Presentation of the draft 0 of the Guidebook and its objectives
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 13:00 Session 2 – Engagement Process Practical exercises: modelling of engagement process based on real cases and the topics of modelling process are:

  • Stating the objective (What we can achieve with engagement?)
  • Engagement plan (Whom and when to engage?)
  • Stages of engagement, intensity levels and forms, objectives of each one
  • Outcome of the process
  • Reflections of participants (what was most complicated?)

 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Session 3 Engagement tools and practices

  • Different methods of engagement (round-tables etc),
  • Short role games to experiment different methods for solving role conflicts etc)
  • Evaluation of the process using different formats

 

15:00 – 15:30 Session 4
  • Presentation of Estonian good practices of citizen-engagement in decision making processes- Nation´s Assembly and its outcomes
  • Q&A
15:30 – 16:00 Wrapping-up session
  • Concluding remarks, questions, feedback, reflections

DAY 2- April 8 (9:00-14:15)

Time Session Details
8:30 – 9:00 Registration of participants
9:00 – 9:30 Introduction
  • Welcoming remarks by Stela Mocan, Executive Director, E-Government Center and Ruslan Codreanu Head of Policies, Strategic Planning and Foreign Aid Division, State Chancellary
  • Presentation of participants, presentation of the experts/team and sharing the main objectives of the event and project, how is connected to OGP and Information Society, what are the expected outcomes for Moldova
9:30- 11:00 Session 1 – Engagement Process Practical exercises: modelling of engagement process based on real cases and the topics of modelling process are:

  • Stating the objective (What we can achieve with engagement?)
  • Engagement plan (Whom and when to engage?)
  • Stages of engagement, intensity levels and forms, objectives of each one
  • Outcome of the process
  • Reflections of participants (what was most complicated?)

 

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break  
11:15 – 12:00 Session 2 Different methods of engagement  Engagement tools and practices

  • Different methods of engagement (round-tables etc),
  • Short role games to experiment different methods for solving role conflicts etc)
  • Evaluation of the process using different formats

 

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch break
12:45 – 13:15 Session 3- Guidebook Presentation of the draft 0 of the Guidebook and its objectives
13:15– 13:45 Session 4
  • Presentation of Estonian good practices of citizen-engagement in decision making processes- Nation´s Assembly and its outcomes
  • Q&A
13:45 – 14:15 Wrapping-up session
  • Concluding remarks, questions, feedback, reflections

 Make sure to register by March 31st via the registration form at http://www.ega.ee/MoldovaOpenGov/seminar 

 

 

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 

Invitatie atelier de lucru monitorizarea achizitiilor publice, Banca Mondiala

Anunt postat din numele Bancii Mondiale in Moldova

Oficiul Băncii Mondiale în Moldova are deosebita plăcere să vă invite la un atelier de lucru privind implicarea societății civile în monitorizarea achizițiilor publice. Această inițiativă se înscrie în obiectivele Strategiei de Parteneriat cu Republica Moldova pentru anii 2014-17 și se încadrează în eforturile globale ale Băncii Mondiale de a spori implicarea societății civile și a părților terțe în procesele de monitorizare ale achizițiilor publice, în scopul sporirii transparenței, integrității și eficienței utilizării fondurilor publice. 

Evenimentul își propune să identifice provocările actuale ale cadrului de achiziții publice, să prezinte conceptul “contractării deschise” (open contracting), să identifice oportunități de implicare a societății civile în agenda monitorizării achizițiilor publice și să pună in discuție potențialele instrumente de finanțare a unor astfel de activități din partea Băncii Mondiale. Activități similare se derulează în prezent în Republica Moldova, cu finanțare din partea Băncii Mondiale, în cadrul Parteriatului Global pentru Responsabilizare Socială (Global Partnership for Social Accountability –www.worldbank.org/gpsa).

Atelierul de lucru va avea loc Joi, 3 aprilie, cu începere de la ora 14:00, la Oficiul Băncii Mondiale în Moldova (Sala Mare de Conferințe), Str. Pușkin 20/1

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