- Action Plan: Elgeyo Marakwet County Action Plan 2018-2020
- Dates Under Review: 2018-2020
- Report Publication Year: 2021
Overall, the IRM found significant improvements in 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 this 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.... Areas for improvement include designing commitments to increase 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... and potential for transformative results. That said, the IRM also views current commitments on procurement and public health services as opportunities to leverage the OGP platform for 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 and accountability in the response and recovery efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic.
|Table 1. At a glance
Participating since: 2016
Action plan under review: 2018−2020
Report type: Design Report
Number of commitments: 5
Action plan development
Is there a multistakeholder forum: yes
Level of public influence: collaborate
Acted contrary to OGP process: no
Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP Values 5(100%)
Transformative commitments 1(20%)
Potential stars: 0(0%)
Action plan implementation
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. Elgeyo Marakwet joined OGP in 2016. Since 2016, Elgeyo Marakwet has implemented one action plan. This report evaluates the design of Elgeyo Marakwet’s 2018−2020 second action plan.
General overview of the action plan
The action plan matches the open government context in Elgeyo Marakwet. Three commitments seek to increase transparency and accountability in Transparency in the procurement process can help combat corruption and waste that plagues a significant portion of public procurement budgets globally. Technical specifications: Commitments enhancing ..., healthcare service delivery, planning, and budgeting; the other two commitments strive to widen civic engagement and enhance access to empowerment opportunities for 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 ..., women, and persons living with disabilities to play a role in governance.
The co-creation process for Elgeyo Marakwet was highly structured and well organized. The OGP trust fund was awarded to the Centre for Innovations in Open Governance (CIOG) to support the co-creation. The fund majorly contributed to wider engagement in Multistakeholder Forum membership, and broadened the consultation process beyond that of the first action plan. An online document Access to relevant information is essential for enabling participation and ensuring accountability throughout the OGP process. An OGP repository is an online centralized website, webpage, platform or ... for the action plan and improvements in convening meetings are still needed.
The co-creation approach allowed OGP participating governments are working to create governments that truly serve all people. This includes many historically oppressed groups such as persons with disabilities, women, lesbian, gay, bi... of commitments from civil society organizations (CSOs). The final commitments match the policy areas prioritized by both government and civil society.
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|
|Commitment 1: Promote transparent and accountable public procurement processes and facilitate public oversight on project management||The commitment introduces several activities that are improvements in opening up public procurement. However, it is not transformative as it lacks a few key aspects, including a detailed grievance redress mechanism. If this mechanism is included, this commitment has the potential to transform institutional and standard practices in public procurement that facilitate transparent, equal, and fair access to opportunities.
In addition, given the current health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this commitment presents an opportunity to build a transparent procurement process for emergency procurements.
|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
|Establish an OGP webpage on the county website|
|Establish a legal mandate for continuity of open governance initiatives|
|Establish a strategy to fund implementation and design of action plans|
|Implement activities to demonstrate changed government practices and the impact on citizens and intended beneficiaries|
|Design and implement specific, measurable activities that demonstrate and promote accountability|