Cabo Verde Design Report 2018-2020
Cabo Verde’s first action plan comes in the context of the country’s recent steps to open government. Through OGP, Cabo Verde committed to further reforms such as the establishment of an open data portal. Future co-creation processes should prioritize equal and ongoing engagement with civil society. Familiarity with OGP processes will contribute to more ambitious commitments aligned with OGP values in future action plans.
|Table 1. At a glance
Participating since: 2015
Action plan under review: 1
Report type: Design
Number of commitments: 3
Action plan development
Is there a Multistakeholder forum: Yes
Level of public influence: Consult
Acted contrary to OGP process: Yes
Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP values: 3 (100%)
Transformative commitments: 0
Potentially starred: 0
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. Cabo Verde joined OGP in 2015. This report evaluates the design of Cabo Verde’s first action plan.
General overview of action plan
Cabo Verde’s first OGP action plan follows recent measures to increase citizens’ access to information and promote transparency and accountability. This includes the creation of new government institutions and the publication of budget information. Cabo Verde is one of Africa’s best performing countries in quality of democracy and governance. While the action plan attempts to address some of these challenges, it would benefit from a clearer connection with OGP values and an increase in civil society involvement in the development process.
Led by the Office of the Prime Minister, Cabo Verde formed a government-led working group to create its first action plan. Although the group organized consultations with state and non-state actors, the plan primarily reflected government priorities, given limited input from civil society. The government could strengthen the process by improving the transparency of rules and decision-making, publishing OGP-related information, diversifying the co-creation process to include more non-state actors, and formalizing the group’s mandate and functions.
Government leadership of the action plan design process led to commitments aligned with government objectives, such as addressing barriers to ease of doing business, infrastructure development, and data-sharing to foster innovation. Cabo Verde’s most notable open government commitment is the promising launch of an open data platform.
Table 2. Noteworthy commitments
|Commitment description||Moving forward||Status at the end of implementation cycle|
3. Develop and Launch Open Data Platform
Deploy an open data platform for the purpose of data visualization, research, and sharing with the public and across government agencies.
This commitment has the potential to significantly increase citizens’ access to information if fully implemented. For successful implementation, the government should convene a multistakeholder group with both government and nongovernment representatives to oversee implementation.
This group can then consult with the public to determine the content, scope, and format of data to make public and prioritize. It may also partner with civil society to test the usability of the portal and conduct public outreach to increase citizens’ knowledge and use of the portal. Finally, the government can work with civil society to consider how this commitment can be adapted to the COVID-19 context. See the Open Gov Guide to Open Data for suggestions and examples.
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
|1. Establish a formal and inclusive multistakeholder forum and create an online OGP repository or website|
|2. Increase public consultation and civil society participation to identify commitments that address issues of national importance|
|3. Collaborate with civil society to design commitments relevant to OGP values|
|4. Collaborate with civil society to design ambitious, specific, and verifiable milestones|
|5. Increase outreach and awareness for the OGP process|
 A Guide to Open Government and the Coronavirus: Open Data. Open Government Partnership. 4 May 2020. https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/a-guide-to-open-government-and-the- coronavirus-open-data/.