The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is launching an exciting new pilot program designed to more proactively involve subnational governments in the initiative. OGP is a 69 country partnership aiming to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP is looking for subnational governments with committed political and working level reformers, and engaged and energetic partners in civil society, to take part in a pilot program designed to advance open government reform.
Jalisco, Mexico, was one of the subnational governments that successfully applied to engage directly with OGP in a pilot 'pioneer' program. Participants will receive dedicated assistance and advice from the OGP Support Unit and OGP Steering Committee to develop and fulfill independent open government commitments in action plans, in partnership with civil society organisations. They will actively contribute to peer learning and networking activities with other subnational governments. The commitments and short action plans developed by the pioneers will be assessed by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). The pilot will give OGP the opportunity to test and assess the IRM’s capacity to act as the accountability mechanism for subnational government participation.
The following text is from Jalisco's application letter, available in images below.
Open Government Partnership
Jalisco's current local public agenda has reached a dearly desired point on its course to progress and development. It is vital to demonstrate that our compromise with accountability, civic participation, innovation and technology, transparency, and collaboration, goes well beyond the conventional aspects of governance and introduces a new momentum in local policy making. We are convinced that the Open Government Partnership's Subnational Government Pilot Program is a step forward in the strengthening of ongoing initiatives.
As a founding member, Mexico not only encourages other countries to adopt principles of open government and join the Open Government Partnership (OGP), but also seeks to have subnational government institutions follow such practices. As a state with numerous initiatives and positive results, Jalisco aims to spearhead the open government initiative in the country.
A population of 7.8 million people makes Jalisco a subnational entity that needs the creation of a strong public agenda that addresses the needs of all. Creating this agenda is the responsibility of all members of society, hence their representation and participation is vital to successful policy-making, practices and reforms. The OGP offers the framework that the newly formed Technical Secretariat for Open Government needs to achieve such an ambitious, yet attainable, goal.
The Public Information and Transparency Institute of Jalisco (ITEI), for over ten years has been promoting the transparency and accountability agenda, with the intention of securing the public access to all information. The autonomous institute is responsible for supervising that all organizations, private or public, that receive public resources, make their data and information accessible to all. Its mission is the promotion of a culture of transparency in Jalisco and guaranteeing that the right citizen's' right to access information is respected.
Witnessing the State's tendency, ITEl amplifies its agenda by deeming open government as a prioritized topic. Thus agreed to subscribe and promote the Local Open Government Exercises initiative, launched by the National Institute of Transparency (INA). Along with a set of enthusiastic people of civil society and the Executive branch, ITEl gathered a team that would promote the initiative in Jalisco.
In order to coordinate and promote the local public agenda, the Secretariat was created in November 2015, with a unique and unprecedented format of inclusiveness of all sectors of society. Government, the Public Information and Transparency Institute of Jalisco and civil society (academia, media, NGOs and the private sector) come together, with the highest level of representation in the state and a plurality no other secretariat ^)/ formed in Mexico has.
On the governmental branch, the Executive, Judicial and Legislative powers are all represented and participate in decision-making. To enrich and deepen leadership, both the Governor of Jalisco and the Mayor of Guadalajara, members of different political parties, integrate the executive branch of the Secretariat. Civil society seeks a broad and vast participation of academia, media, NGOs and the private sector, who finds its presence within the Secretariat through prominent business leaders in Jalisco.
Our intention to join the OGP goes hand in hand with our commitment to respect and adopt the open government principles stated in the Open Government Declaration. The Governor's membership in the Secretariat reflects the strong commitment his / administration has with this agenda, as well as his willingness to work with civil society. The numerous initiatives launched during the present administration demonstrate how important open government is to the State of Jalisco and how deeply committed the state and municipal governments, the civil society and the private sector are on the subject.
There are several flagship programs of Jalisco's journey towards an open government: Glosa Ciudadana, MDE Jalisco and the Open Data Platform at the state level, the Participatory Budget Instrument at the municipal level, the Public Information and Transparency Institute of Jalisco (ITE) and the 3 Out of 3 Initiative. All initiatives, product of a committed government with openness, transparency and civic participation, broaden the specter of policy-making in the State.
Unprecedented in Mexico, Glosa Ciudadana, introduced by the State of Jalisco in 2014, brought new mechanisms of social accountability to traditional governance. For the first time in state history, the government opened its doors to citizen consultancy and brought together academic experts, businessmen and active members of civil society to question the results given in the Governor's Annual Report, consequently providing recommendations. During the event, the Governor and his cabinet open dialogue with the invited experts and seek to answer their questions. It is an evolving exercise that seeks the strengthening of dialogue and collaboration between the government, civil society and the private sector.
The results obtained in the previous editions of Glosa Ciudadana emphasize the importance of civic engagement in public fora. There has been a positive public perception on the issue, particularly due to the now visible benefits of transparency and open data. Moreover, the availability of information to the public opens dialogue between the government and society, bringing along constructive criticism for governmental projects and initiatives, finally opening the long-closed door to participatory policymaking and reform.
The State's Development Indicators Monitoring Program (MIDE Jalisco) was created as a strategic information and consultation system, that seeks to facilitate the evaluation and study of the governmental goals and objectives, while building a bridge over the gap - between government and civil society. The program provides vital information for the study of particular fields and issues in Jalisco, monitoring more than 400 development indicators. Towards a more inclusive government, the Citizen Council for MIDE Jalisco was created as an auxiliary organ to the program, strengthening civic participation in policy-making and strategy-design for monitoring development indicators in Jalisco. The Council is made up of government officials working alongside local and national experts, from multiple disciplines and areas of expertise that offer their recommendations as consultants and evaluate ongoing programs. Their main objective is to strengthen all tasks that seek the accomplishment of the State's 2013–2033 Plan for Development.
In 2015, following the public agenda's plan to have an open government with concrete and accessible information for all, the Open Data Platform was created. It is a user-friendly set of tools focused in the access and availability of information, with communication services that allow the public the use of discussion groups to enrich their investigative quests. This initiative allows private sector and government to join forces and resolve public challenges collectively.
With a strong consultative initiative, the municipal level of government has implemented the Participatory Budget Instrument. Through it, citizens are able to vote which infrastructure projects are to be developed with the money collected from property taxes. A participatory policymaking exercise of this level not only introduces citizen decision-making but also sets the foundations for new and more inclusive governance in Jalisco.
The 2015 electoral process in Mexico strongly influenced the participation of civil society in the public agenda. To address corruption and strengthen transparency, the 3 Out of 3 initiative was introduced, asking all candidates to make public 3 declarations: assets, taxes and interests. In Jalisco's metropolitan area, numerous municipal officials adopted the initiative and presented their declarations. Within the Secretariat the Executive, Judicial and Legislative powers of the State agreed to have officials adopt the initiative as well. A few weeks from now, we will be able to pave the way for officials of these branches to present their declarations.
As a leader in many aspects of the country's open government agenda, Jalisco's efforts towards an open government have not gone unnoticed. Several national and international organizations have recognized and awarded the multiple open government ongoing initiatives. Within the national spectrum, in 2015 the National Council for Evaluation of Social Development Policies (CONEVAL) gives Jalisco a first place award for having the Fo best development indicator monitoring system in the country: MIDE Jalisco. Additionally, the state also received first place in the categories Accessibility to Information, Institutionalization and Formalization of Evaluation Practices and Social Development and Policy Design. In December 2015, the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (IMCO) awarded Jalisco the first place in budget transparency.
Internationally, Jalisco's open government initiatives have received awards and honorific mentions by both the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (ADB). Alongside the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection, the World Bank awarded MIDE Jalisco the first place for Innovation in Transparency Systems. The ADB recognized MIDE Jalisco as one of the best result-based management programs in Latin America.
Regardless of the numerous awards and recognitions Jalisco's open government agenda has received, there is still a long way to go. With our programs up and running, the Secretariat seeks the support of the Open Government Partnership to co-create commitments alongside civil society and advance in our open government agenda. The participation of the OGP in open government reform efforts is vital for more adequate policy-making in Jalisco. We recognize our need of your expertise and trust our collaborating efforts will help achieve greater results.
Working together with the OGP not only consists of receiving. A commitment of this measure is and should always be seen as a two-way street, where sharing our know-how will be as important as learning from the experience of others. There is a more than significant tendency of open government in the public sector other than the national level. Sharing experience and information with national and subnational peers is what makes all commitments to open government worth it.
Regardless of the great importance of sharing experience and insights with other members of the OGP, commitment to open government goes beyond. After a determined amount of time, Jalisco is willing to take on a mentorship role with another subnational government and offer the same amount of help it once received from the OGP and its members.
The past couple of years have been a highly transformative period of time for Jalisco and its public agenda. Open government is becoming a topic of paramount importance to state and municipal governments, civil society and the private sector. The creation of the Technical Secretariat for Open Government represents to opportunity for all to co-create initiatives, reform existing ones and promote the already successful ones. Working with the Open Government Partnership will bring us a step forward in the achievement of our goals.
The Technical Secretariat of Open Government of Jalisco:
Chair, Cynthia Cantero Pacheco, President Technical Secretariat of Open Government of Jalisco, President Public Information and Transparency Institute of Jalisco (ITEI)
Co-Chair, Francisco Javier González Vallejo, Commissioner Public Information and Transparency Institute of Jalisco (ITE)
Chair, David Pérez Rulfo, Social Activist Corporativa de Fundaciones A.C.
Co-Chair, Luís González Viramontes, Social Activist, CIDES
Chair, José Morales Orozco, Dean ITESO, Jesuit University of Guadalajara
Co-Chair, Juan de la Borbolla Rivero, Dean Panamerican University
Chair, José Medina Mora lcaza, Businessman President of COPARMEX
Co-Chair, Fernando Topete Dávila, Businessman President of CANACO
Chair, Diego Petersen Farah, Journalist El Informador
Co-Chair: Enrique Toussaint Orendain, Journalist Radio Metrópoli
Chair, Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz, Governor State of Jalisco
Co-Chair, David Gómez-Álvarez Pérez, Undersecretary Planning and Assessment Technical Secretary, Technical Secretariat of Open Government of Jalisco
Chair, Luis Carlos Vega Pámanes, President Magistrate Supreme Court of the State of Jalisco
Co-Chair, Antonio Flores Allende, Magistrate Supreme Court of the State of Jalisco
Chair, Héctor Alejandro Hermosillo González, Congressman Member of the Citizen Participation, Transparency and Access to Public Information Committee
Co-Chair, José Pedro Kumamoto Aguilar, Congressman President of the Citizen Participation, Transparency and Access to Public Information Committee
Chair, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, Mayor Guadalajara
Co-Chair, Alberto Uribe Camacho, Mayor Tlajomulco de Zúñiga