Armenia Design Report 2018-2020
Armenia’s fourth action plan reflects the new government’s commitment to reform and greater transparency. Notable commitments include those regarding transparency of beneficial ownership of companies, development of land and water cadastres, and e-petitions. The action plan’s implementation will require sustained engagement and closely coordinated efforts within government.
|Table 1. At a glance
Participating since: 2011
Action plan under review: 4
Report type: Design
Number of commitments: 11
Action plan development
Is there a multi-stakeholder forum? Yes
Level of public influence: Collaborate
Acted contrary to OGP process: No
Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP values: 11 (100%)
Transformative commitments: 2 (18%)
Potentially starred commitments: 2 (18%)
Action plan implementation
Starred commitments: N/A
Completed commitments: N/A
Commitments with major DIOG*: N/A
Commitments with outstanding DIOG*: N/A
* DIOG: Did it open government?
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global partnership that brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive, and accountable. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) monitors all action plans to ensure governments follow through on commitments. Armenia joined OGP in 2011. Since then, it has implemented three action plans. This report evaluates the design of Armenia’s fourth action plan.
General overview of action plan
Armenia saw significant political changes in 2018, resulting in a new government that has expressed greater commitment to transparency and anti-corruption reform. Armenia’s fourth action plan reflects notable improvements in co-creation consultations and commitment ambition.
The development of Armenia’s fourth action plan involved greater public awareness and civil society engagement than previous action plans. For the first time, public consultations were held in all 10 regions of the country. Some consultations targeted groups of civil servants and youth. Overall, the additional consultations resulted in a more collaborative co-creation process, and readiness for legislative action helped create a more ambitious plan compared to the previous cycle.
Armenia’s fourth action plan focuses on improving access to government-held information and promoting public participation. The commitments cover many important subjects, such as asset disclosure of public officials, beneficial ownership, budget transparency, natural resources, health, and education. Several commitments involve providing mechanisms for public feedback. The fourth action plan is the country’s first to include commitments requiring legislative changes.
Notable commitments in Armenia’s fourth action plan include the development of a beneficial ownership registry to be piloted in the extractives sector. The action plan also includes commitments to develop land and water cadastres.
Table 2. Noteworthy commitments
The IRM recommendations aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide implementation of the current action plan.
Table 3. Five KEY IRM Recommendations
|1. Enhance the effectiveness of the multi-stakeholder working group by:
|2. Enhance the co-creation process by developing a method for collecting, filtering, analyzing, and formulating action plan commitments and providing clear justifications for inclusion or rejection of commitments.|
|3. Continue efforts to expand transparency regarding the beneficial ownership of companies and to strengthen mechanisms for beneficial ownership information monitoring and verification.|
|4. Include commitments on improving transparency and accountability in the judiciary, such as disclosing results of the monitoring and evaluation of judicial reforms, publishing information on sanctions against judges, and strengthening transparency and accountability of judicial councils.|
|5. Continue efforts to enhance access to information, public feedback, and monitoring mechanisms in the education and health sectors.|