Brazil Design Report 2018-2020
Brazil led a strong, collaborative Collaboration between government, civil society and other stakeholders (e.g., citizens, academics, private sector) is at the heart of the OGP process. Participating governments must ensure that a dive... (developed with federal government, civil society, and some state and municipal government actors). The parties tackled topics such as freedom of speech, budget participation, and According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, public accountability occurs when ”rules, regulations, and mechanisms in place call upon government actors to justify their actions, act upon criticisms ... More. The consultation process was extensive; however, the Action plans are at the core of a government’s participation in OGP. They are the product of a co-creation process in which government and civil society jointly develop commitments to open governmen... lacks overall According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, OGP commitments should “stretch government practice beyond its current baseline with respect to key areas of open government.” Ambition captures the po.... Going forward, it is recommended that the government more strategically include civil society organizations in the plan’s development process. It should also construct results-driven commitments that include clear strategies to achieve an expected goal.
|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 Regular dialogue between government and civil society is a core element of OGP participation. It builds trust, promotes joint problem-solving, and empowers civil society to influence the design, imple...: Yes
Level of public influence: Collaborate
Acted contrary to OGP process: No
Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP values: 9 ( 81%)
Transformative commitments: 0 ( 0%)
Potentially starred: 0 (0%)
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 The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on improving government transparency, ensuring opportunities for citizen participation in public matters, and strengthen... More (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 The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is OGP’s accountability arm and the main means of tracking progress in participating countries. The IRM provides independent, evidence-based, and objective ... monitors all action plans to ensure governments follow through on commitments. Brazil joined OGP in 2011. Since then, Brazil has implemented three action plans. This report evaluates the design of Brazil’s fourth action plan.
General overview of action plan
Despite changing priorities resulting from political transitions, Brazil remains committed to open government efforts. Its fourth action plan, in particular, responds to the country’s challenges regarding freedom of speech, budget participation, and public accountability.
The action plan’s development took place through an iterative consultation process that maintained parity between the government and civil society through its entirety. The plan’s development actively involved 105 people representing 88 institutions: 39 civil society organizations, 39 federal government bodies, and 10 state and municipal government bodies. Nevertheless, stakeholders thought there could be a broader range of actors, apart from those already participating in the process. As was the case with the previous action plan, the level of public influence reached the threshold of “collaboration” per the International Association for Public Participation’s “Spectrum of Participation.”
Although the plan’s development process met OGP’s standards and had strong public involvement, it did not translate into a more ambitious action plan. Of the 11 commitments in the action plan, six are considered to have minor potential impact. They represent first steps forward but are limited in scope or scale. Only four have the potential to achieve moderate change, while none were considered transformative. The action plan focused on nine themes: subnational governments, an open-data ecosystem, open science, social control and citizen’s feedback, According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, transparency occurs when “government-held information (including on activities and decisions) is open, comprehensive, timely, freely available to the pub... More in environmental disaster repairs, open legislature, land transparency, climate and water resources, and freedom of information.
Table 2. Noteworthy commitments
|OGP commitments are promises for reform co-created by governments and civil society and submitted as part of an action plan. Commitments typically include a description of the problem, concrete action... description||Moving forward||Status at the end of implementation cycle|
|3. Innovation and Open Government in Science
Promote the use of By opening up data and making it sharable and reusable, governments can enable informed debate, better decision making, and the development of innovative new services. Technical specifications: Polici... and open data practices in scientific research.
|Achievements from this commitment can be used as models to address other challenges faced by government and civil society in fields outside of science.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
|6. Transparency and Public Oversight over Mariana’s Reparation Process and Other Municipalities in the Region
Promote access to information and public accountability related to the mitigation and recovery process of dam disasters.
|To increase its potential impact, this commitment’s milestones could highlight activities conducted by the Renova Foundation portal. Those activities include establishing on-site offices to guide civic monitoring and repairs in the region, creating accountability materials, constructing budget transparency tools, and documenting best practices for future use.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
|8. Land Transparency
Consolidate a complete, updated, and geo-referenced registry of urban and rural land properties.
|The commitment could be strengthened by institutionalizing civic participation opportunities in the process of consolidating and updating the registry.
|Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
|11. Access to Information Act in States and Municipalities
Create a unified platform for access to information requests. It should be available at no cost to states and municipalities.
|To strengthen the commitment’s impact, the portal should be widely advertised across civil society and the public to promote its use.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
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
|Broaden the base of participation in the OGP process.|
|Develop more ambitious commitments.|
|Continue to expand the engagement of the executive branch with other branches of government.|
|Increase expertise exchanges through the São Paulo subnational OGP initiative.|
|Increase the visibility of non-OGP open government initiatives.|