Israel

Joined 2011

The following text was contributed by the Government of Israel. 

The Government of Israel has elected to promote the policy of open government, and has joined the International Open Government Partnership, which promotes Open Government Policy. This decision was born of the understanding that recent innovations in communication and information technologies allow a significant improvement of the traditional democratic system, and its relationship between the individual and the government. The goal of open government policy is to empower the individual, the society and the state on the basis of three fundamental principles:

  • Transparency and active reporting to the public
  • Public participation
  • Accountability

These three principles, combined with the recognition of technology’s significant role in facilitating change, are the central components of the International Open Government Partnership for Promoting Open Government Policy.

Principle of Transparency and Active Reporting to the Public

The Government of Israel is committed to freedom of information, and to promoting transparency and accessibility to data and information produced in the public sector. Currently, we are in the midst of a transition from the old perception, which views the Government as having a monopoly on the information it obtains, to a newer perception that views information as a public resource that each citizen has the right to access freely. The Government has an obligation to make public information accessible to the public, in a manner that allows it to be used in a variety of ways (including processing or improving it). The principle of transparency and active reporting to the public should not contradict the expression of individual rights and other public interests defined by law, such as the right to privacy, state security and intellectual property.

Principle of Public Participation

The Government of Israel will implement a policy of public participation and intelligently make use of the “wisdom of the crowd,” with the goal of improving decision-making processes and strengthening public trust in our systems of government.

Principle of Accountability

The Government of Israel will promote the concept of accountability. The Government believes in the public’s right to examine and critique and supervise governmental action, and the public’s need to review the activities of publicly-elected officials and civil workers according to clearly defined benchmarks. The Government will publish work plans that are under consideration and will develop methods of measurement that allows the public to measure and evaluate the activities of each office. The Government shall report on the level of service that is provided, as well as the level of bureaucratic procrastination involved. It will check the level of public satisfaction with the Government’s activities and continual strive for improvement and excellence.

Implementation of Innovative Technologies

The Government of Israel will integrate innovative and interactive information technologies, and will develop technological tools that are capable of improving:

  • Flow of information from governmental sources
  • Dialogue between the Government and citizens
  • Level of public service provided to the public

The Government will need to overcome organizational, political, and social challenges that will arise as part of the transition process. For the project to succeed, it is essential that the Government (including all of its central and administrative leadership) recognize that these changes are a priority.

In joining the Open Government Partnership, the Israeli Government took upon itself the task of following the Partnership’s road map, and decided to focus on two “Grand Challenges”:

1.   Improving the level of service provided by the Government to the public: The Government of Israel will adopt methods of management, incentives, and benchmarks that are widely used in the private and business sectors; and accordingly it will make necessary changes in the public sector. In addition, The Government will raise awareness of this issue among governmental service providers and the general public. Furthermore, the Government will establish a governmental customer service unit, which will measure and publish the level of government service to the public, and widen the use of sophisticated customer-service technologies in the public sector.

2.   Strengthening public trust in governments’ systems: The Government will promote initiatives and projects that advance information transparency and the active reporting of information to the public. Work plans developed by government offices will be available, allowing the public to see whether defined milestones are met (such as timetables, budgetary constraints, and quality of work). An increasing number of projects will require hearings in the early planning stages. These actions will increase the public’s ability to supervise governmental work, leading to fewer cases of failure and corruption, and a sense of strengthening public trust in governments’ systems.

As part of the Israeli Government’s commitment to the road map of the Open Government Partnership, the Government will define clear goals for 2012 in this document. The stated goals address each of the challenges described above. In addition, as outlined in the road map of the Partnership, the Government will establish a cross-sector forum that includes senior representatives of the Government, academia, NGOs, civil society, and the public. A broad public coalition will inform Open Government Partnership commitments and create a multi-stakeholder forum, for public consultation on the implementation of its commitments.

The Government of Israel is interested in benefiting from the experience of other countries that are members of the Partnership, through reports and information shared in international forums (as part of the Partnership). The Government is prepared to report on an ongoing basis and share the information and experience that it gains while going through this process, for the benefit of other countries, and members of the Partnership.

Israel's Letter of Intent to Join OGP:

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