Programul de formare destinat operatorilor

În septembrie 2014, Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă a desfășurat Programul de formare destinat operatorilor (colectori de date) în cadrul evaluării finale a proiectului „Parteneriatului Global pentru Educaţie”, implementat de către Ministerul Educaţiei.Avem o echipă de educatori foarte buni şi am lucrat productiv împreună în acest program de formare. Sunt pregătiţi din toate punctele de vedere, sunt motivaţi şi sunt sigur că vor face o treabă buna!”, spune Nicu Creţu, expertul în evaluare care a moderat mai multe sesiuni, inclusiv câteva de simulare a intrerviurilor. Citește articolul în întregime pe striripozitive.eu

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 

Video: Parteneriat Global pentru Educație

Proiectul „Parteneriat Global pentru Educație” este o inițiativă a Ministerului Educației al Republicii Moldova ce promovează educația timpurie de calitate pentru toți copiii. Proiectul este considerat succesorul Proiectului „Educație pentru Toți – Inițiativa de Acțiune Rapidă” (EPT-IAR), realizat de Ministerul Educației în două etape, în perioada 2006-2010.  Inițiativa actuală este finanțată de Global Partnership for Education. Proiectul este implementat de Ministerul Educaţiei şi este gestionat de către Oficiul Băncii Mondiale în Moldova. Activitățile din cadrul acestui proiect sunt coordinate de Reprezentanță UNICEF în Republica Moldova şi sunt realizate în parteneriat cu Administrațiile Publice Locale (APL).  Institutul pentru o Guvernare Deschisă a avut importanta misiune a evalua impactul acestui proiect asupra tuturor actorilor cheie. Principalii actori fiind copii de vîrstă preșcolară, părinții copiilor, educatorii, directorii grădinițelor și funcționari APL.  Raportul detaliat va fi disponibil pe pagina web opengov.si.md, între timp puteți vizualiza un scurt metraj realizat de agenția Urma Ta, despre contextul și impactul acestui proiect.

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

Reflecting back on May 2012 Open Government and Open Data initiatives in Moldova

KeyTakeAways_OpenInnovationWeek2012 – full report by Veronica Cretu

Note: This report is valuable from the perspective of reflecting on the dynamics and energy that was here, in Moldova, back in May 2012 around the issues of Open Government, Open Data, Apps for Moldova, Data Journalism, and other elements. Most of the recommendations are still valid today, and not only for Moldova …

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Moldova Open Innovation Week 2012 aimed at implementing / piloting a number of high profile events intended to build on the Government’s recent approval of the National Action Plan on Open Government and the launch of www.date.gov.md in 2011.

This commitment to the global Open Government Partnership has been led by the e-Government Center with the support of the World Bank and other development partners. The Action Plan is just the start of a process, and Moldova’s progress will be reviewed and compared to the more than 50 other countries already in the Partnership.

The World Bank, the e-Government Center and other partners contributed to the implementation of a programme of events to support key local stakeholders and contribute international expertise to help build the different aspects of an ecosystem around Open Government and Open Data innovations required to achieve the Government’s objectives of greater competitiveness, transparency and citizen engagement.

In line with the above, 4 important events took place during the period of May 14-20, 2012 and more specifically these were:
– Data-Driven Journalism Bootcamp for Moldovan Media (May 14-15, 2012);
– Multi-Stakeholder PFM Training and Data Analysis Workshop (May 16-18, 2012);
– The Open Government Day (May 16, 2012);
– The Open Innovation Weekend (May 18 -20, 2012).

Up to 300 participants representing different stakeholder groups participated in the events: mass media, civil society, Government, Developers’ community, etc.

However, the results of these events are not based only on the efforts put as part of these events, they came in synergy with initiatives launched in Moldova some time ago.
Is the context ready for active take off on Open Data?

Is the community in Moldova prepared to challenge the Government to become more opened and intelligent?

Is there enough capacity and talent in the developers’ community? Is the Government willing to embrace more commitment, involvement and dedication?

“Education, participation and innovation in open government are priorities whos time has come in OGP”

Veronica_DUblin_speechSpeech at closing of Day 1 @ European Open Government Partnership event in Dublin (May 8-9, 2014), by Veronica Cretu – member of the civil society steering committee to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), head of Open Government Institute, Moldova 

Your excellencies, Civil Society Leaders, colleagues and friends, participants!

It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon and share with you some of the reflections related to perspectives on the OGP Globally!

Before I do that, let me congratulate the Government of Ireland and colleagues from civil society in Ireland for the wonderful organization of this event as well as for the great civil society afternoon we had yesterday.  It is also important to share that those of us in the OGP who have participated in the Asia Open Government event couple of days ago have seen a lot of passion and energy around Open Government there as well.   

Open Government Partnership is gaining the momentum with these European and Asian events, as evidenced by the continuously growing engagement from civil society organizations both in OGP member countries and non-OGP member countries. Open Government Partnership is seen today by many civil society representatives in different parts around the globe as a great hope and a wonderful opportunity to bring more transparency, accountability, citizen participation in policy development in their respective countries as well as in creating more civic space for civil society to engage on equal footing with the government around the above mentioned issues.

To keep these dynamics growing, there are a number of aspects we have to continue working together on in OGP and I will start from the following:

1. Deepening and broadening the engagement of the civil society in the open government agenda and I will highlight a number of aspects here:

– OGP only works if civil society is an active part of it. Civil society is the icon, if you want, of the global trend of democratization and – if democracy – as it is known in the West, has a home, then, it is with the civil society.   

– In designing National Action plans on Open government, Governments have to accept to deepen and broaden that space, accept to co-create and co-design them together with civil society. And given that open government is a transformative idea, governments need to accept to ‘transform’ and re-think their relationship with civil society. Top-down consultations around National Action Plans is not about Open government at all, rather an illustration of the governments’ inability to get out of their comfort zone and embed new working principles in their relationship with the civil society;

–  the examples of the consultation models or methodologies around NAP in countries such as UK, Georgia, Moldova, Croatia and others are really inspiring and worth promoting.

– one of the strongest elements of the OGP action plans is that it introduces a regular cycle of policy planning, implementation and monitoring and each stage in the cycle and presents an opportunity and obligation for governments to engage with civil society to seek their input and feedback. This is still a very uncomfortable exercise for many public representatives. I remember, when conducting a capacity building orientation session with one of the Ministries in Moldova in August 2013 around the 2nd Action plan on Open government, there were several chiefs of the departments of who shared concerns related to the fact that “bottom up approaches and consultations with the civil society will take much of their time and they are not going to manage to do their own job properly” –  demonstrating that the overall resistance towards change is still influencing the quality of the policy development not only around Open Government Action Plans but across all sectors.

IS THIS TYPE OF ATTITUDE GOING TO HELP US ACHIEVE A MORE OPEN AND INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT?!  

I doubt so …

It is only through participation, clear commitments, mutual trust and respect, collegiality and accountability and long term vision – both governments and civil society will manage to succeed.

In working together to develop OGP commitments, both governments and civil society must take risks and make some compromises. Civil servants should be ready to open up the doors of government and recognize that there are good ideas out there, and it is worth considering them. Civil society, in turn, should accept that shifting bureaucracies is not easy, and that collaborating with government requires much pragmatism, openness and flexibility.

2. Another aspect I wanted to tackle on relates to the civic space. While open government as a concept, as a philosophy promotes openness and inclusiveness and participation, we have been witnessing un-precedential closing of the civic space particularly in some of the OGP member countries in Europe.

IS INTIMIDATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS GOING TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENTS MORE OPENED AND CITIZEN-FRIENDLY? OR REDUCING ACCESS TO PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION, BANNING ACCESS TO THE ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA GOING TO MAKE US, THE CITIZENS, WANT TO GET CLOSER TO OUR GOVERNMENTS?!

I doubt so …

The fostering of civil society is a crucial step towards realizing a freer Europe given today’s geo-political agenda and sever violations of basic human rights in the region driven by Russia’s politics.  The existence of the civil society implies a shared sense of identity and what is crucial for us in OGP is to uphold the values and principles of OGP, as articulated in the Open Government Declaration and OGP Articles of Governance. 

3. Another important aspect to look at in OGP is the potential of the Independent Reporting mechanism which I want to touch upon: OGP is not a free ride. The theory of change of the OGP states that

– the more governments learn from the findings of the Independent Reporting Mechanism, the more likely it is that each action plan will demonstrate noticeable improvements in both process and content. 

– As norms shift and governments become more comfortable with transparency, governments will begin introducing more opportunities for dialogue and become more receptive to civil society input and participation.

– And finally, the more citizens see the government tackling meaningful reforms through OGP, the more they will want to be engaged and will pressure their elected leaders to deliver.

We should all make better use of the IRM reports to raise awareness of both what has been improved and what still needs to be improved  

All the above are important elements of OGP and each and every one of us has a role to play in promoting further on this agenda. How can we do that?

There are at least 3 good ways from my perspective:

1. Education – Open Government principles and values have to be embedded in the educational system at all levels: it is through the educational system that we can educate open government promoters, build skills such as critical thinking, innovative thinking, open thinking that are essential to help future citizens become ready for an open government, be ready to co-create and co-design policies, initiatives, challenge and utilize data/evidence for a better informed decision making. If we start designing open and participatory schools, learner-centered, in which everyone has a word to say both on the process and content, we are much more likely to build an open government in our countries. Research also shows that the decisions made at the school level based on open education data, change completely the quality of the decisions made as well as the quality of the educational outcomes. So, open government also starts from open minded educational policy makers, open schools, open teachers, open students.

2. Participation – OGP needs to bring more countries and activists to join in – bringing more countries is essential to gain the momentum, to create more regional synergies particularly there where civic space has been limited through different means, to bridge the divide between those benefiting from open governments and those who don’t , support and encourage participation of open government reformers and continue encouraging participation for meaningful reforms leading to improvement of the quality of life of the citizens around the world. 

3. Innovation – continue innovating at all levels. There is no doubt that technology  has changed the way both citizens and governments interact with each other, and its potential is enormous, however, it is important that in OGP commitments are not being anchored only in the technological type of innovations. Innovating the relationships between Governments and citizens is crucial indeed. We have to be aware that several billions of the worlds’ population is still without access to Internet – does this mean they can’t enjoy the benefits of an open government?!  In OGP we should be also looking at ways to go beyond the technology and address those who don’t have access to it in order to be able to participate in the open government agenda.    

Another venue for innovation in OGP is through embedding OGP principles in sector specific action plans or strategic documents on education, health care, and other sectors that might generate more innovations in those areas and make sectors more competitive. 

And if Mr. Maude’s famous quote says that “transparency is an idea whos time has come”, it  inspires me to re-affirm that indeed “education, participation and innovation in open government are priorities whos time has come in OGP”

Thank you very much and wishing you all an interesting day tomorrow, and much success in the wonderful work you all do in your respective countries be it as civil society or as government representatives! 

 

 

NETMundial@Moldova – key take away

NETMundial@Moldova event was organized on April 17th 2014, in the eve of the NETMundial in Brazil and aimed at bringing together representatives of the public, private and civil society sectors to address the issues related to Internet Governance principles and also tackle the road map for the further evolution of the Internet Governance ecosystem. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to look at these two aspects from the perspective of the challenges faced nationally, when implementing Internet related or Internet based initiatives (e.g. No Hate Speech Campaign, etc).

While there are various forums internationally where the issues pertaining to Internet Governance are being discussed/addressed, such a platform misses at the national level. That is why NETMundial@Moldova has been a timely and valuable event for Moldovan stakeholders interested in the subject matter.

The event focused on a number of aspects shared and discussed with participants among which:

–          What is NETMundial and why it is important to talk about Internet Governance today;

–          Who are the key stakeholders engaged in the Internet Governance debate;

–          What is the position of key stakeholders in Moldova on the  current draft of the Internet Governance principles to be discussed in Sao-Paolo;

The event was chaired by the Deputy Minister of ICT, Mr. Vitalie Tarlev and moderated by Veronica Cretu, head of Open Government Institute.

You can find the detailed Report from this event here: NETMundial_Moldova_HUB_Report