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Armenia End-Term Report 2016-2018

Armenia’s third action plan focused on improving transparency of public spending and setting online tools facilitating access to government-held information. However, many of the commitments had minor potential impact and were not fully implemented on time due to limited financial resources, technical problems, and political changes. Moving forward, the government could develop more ambitious commitments and allocate necessary resources to ensure complete implementation of the next action plan.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a voluntary international initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to their citizenry to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) carries out a review of the activities of each OGP-participating country. This report summarizes the results of the period August 2016 to June 2018 and includes some relevant developments up to September 2018.

The Staff of the Government coordinates the OGP process in Armenia, which was transformed into the Staff of the Prime Minister after constitutional changes that took effect in April 2018.1 The OGP coordinator for the third action plan was the Deputy Chief of Staff Vahe Jilavyan. However, in June 2018, this role was transferred to the Deputy Prime Minister Ararat Mirzoyan. A multi-sector working group comprising 26 members, including 15 government, ten civil society, and one private sector representative, was established in December 2016 by the Prime Minister’s Decree2 to oversee the implementation of the third action plan.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) and public were involved in the action plan development, while the participation in its implementation period was provided through OGP Working Group meetings and collaboration with CSOs in the framework of specific commitments. Most of the commitments were carried out by ministries, while one commitment was led by the Commission on Ethics of High-Ranking Officials.

The third action plan included several open data initiatives designed to improve transparency of government spending and service provision. However, the IRM Progress Report found the potential impact of the most commitments to be minor due to their limited scope as well as low specificity of commitment language. On the other hand, only half of the commitments from the action plan have reached either substantial or complete implementation, which was explained by various reasons from limited financial resources and technical difficulties up to political changes. Moving forward, the government could develop more ambitious commitments and allocate necessary time, budget, and human resources to ensure complete implementation of the next action plan.

At the time of writing this report, Armenia has not published its end of term self-assessment report, nor its new action plan for its fourth cycle.

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