Dominican Republic Design Report 2018-2020
- Action Plan: Dominican Republic Action Plan 2018-2020
- Dates Under Review: 2018-2020
- Report Publication Year: 2021
The 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... of the Dominican Republic’s fourth 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... improved substantially as compared to previous processes. Its commitments seek to make significant progress at the municipal level, promote Recognizing that investing in youth means investing in a better future, OGP participating governments are creating meaningful opportunities for youth to participate in government processes. Technical ... participation in 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 advocacy, and support the use of technology for citizen complaints. To improve the co-creation process and develop more ambitious plans, the IRM recommends formalizing the 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..., strengthening civil society’s influence by sharing the leadership in drafting the plan, and deepening the participation of senior government officers, as well as other agencies and Government branches.
|Table 1. At a glance
Member since: 2011
Action plan under review: 4 (2018-2020)
Type of report: Design
Number of commitments: 7
Action plan development
Is there a multi-stakeholder forum? Yes
Level of public influence: Consult
Acted contrary to OGP process: Yes
Action plan design
Commitments that are relevant to OGP values 7(100%)
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. The Dominican Republic joined OGP in 2011. This report evaluates the design of the Dominican Republic’s fourth action plan.
General overview of action plan
The Dominican Republic’s fourth action plan is focused mainly on the creation of technological tools for transparency and According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, citizen participation occurs when “governments seek to mobilize citizens to engage in public debate, provide input, and make contributions that lead to m... More. As in the previous action plan, it includes an initiative to promote the OGP agenda at the municipal level.
The Ministry of the Presidency’s General Directorate for Government Ethics and Integrity (DIGEIG in Spanish) was responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of the action plan. The DGEIG is currently working on a bill that would strengthen its mandate to lead the OGP process.
The process to identify the plan’s commitments included a socialization process across various regions, which led to roughly 260 citizen proposals. Yet, the majority of these proposals were not included because of their lack of According to the OGP Articles of Governance, OGP commitments should include a clear open government lens. Specifically, they should advance at least one of the OGP values: transparency, citizen partic... to OGP. The DGEIG took the set of proposals that were relevant to open government and designed 7 commitments.
The Dominican Republic does not have a formal multi-stakeholder forum to allow for the equal participation and influence of civil society and government. Civil society organizations focused on children, migration, Accountability within the public education system is key to improving outcomes and attainment, and accountability is nearly impossible without transparent policies and opportunities for participation ..., health, and development participated by invitation. Despite leading a broad consultation process, there is no evidence that participants received feedback about how their inputs were taken into account and how they influenced the action plan commitments. The IRM recommends strengthening the future development of action plans by deepening the influence of civil society. This implies providing Ongoing dialogue between stakeholders during the development of an OGP action plan is critical to the plan’s success. Specifically, communicating back to stakeholders the ideas received and decision... to input provided by non-government stakeholders.
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 the implementation cycle|
|I. Creation of integrity, transparency and accountability instruments for the municipal level
Creation of 10 pilot ethics commissions in municipal governments.
Implementation of ethics codes and citizen complaint mailboxes.
|This proposal could improve citizen participation through the establishment of an external CSO committee to monitor the ethics commission’s activities. The IRM recommends considering including high-level political support to implement this initiative.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.
|5. Strengthen Youth Councils for transparency
Train 1,200 youth on the legal framework relevant to auditing and social control in the Dominican Republic
Create a transparency network led by the youth .
|The impact and sustainability of this commitment could be strengthened by identifying youth to share the acquired knowledge. The commitment would also benefit from engaging the National Institute for Public Administration (INAP in Spanish), given their educational experience.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
|6. Citizen observatory to monitor open government commitments
Create the Open Government Observatory portal
Publish quarterly reports monitoring commitments
|Implementation of this initiative will be a starting point to formalize the multi-stakeholder forum in the country. Thus, it should clarify its operation, governance principles, sustainability strategy and participation mechanisms for CSOs.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
| 7. Tools for demands, investigation and follow-up
Development and creation of the citizen demand portal
Train 10 public agencies and launch a communication strategy
|This tool could potentially strengthen the country’s anti-corruption efforts. The IRM recommends engaging the PEPCA, given its mandate to pursue corruption cases. The commitment should also consider alternative mechanisms to reach citizens that lack access to the internet.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
The IRM key recommendations are prepared in the IRM Design Report. They aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide implementation of the current action plan.
Table 3. Five KEY IRM recommendations
|Deepen the influence of non-government stakeholders in the development of upcoming action plans, reaching the level of involve or collaborate. Formalize the multi-stakeholder forum.|
|Align the design of commitments and ensure that their objectives and activities/deliverables are coherent.|
|Develop a transition strategy for the 2020 presidential election, learning from the experience of other OGP member countries.|
|Deepen the open government debate by engaging senior officers, as well as other agencies and Government branches.|
|Continue to support local governments and deepen the reach of commitments at the municipal level.|