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Elgeyo Marakwet Design Report 2018-2020

Overall, the IRM found significant improvements in the co-creation process of this action plan. Areas for improvement include designing commitments to increase ambition 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 transparency 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 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. 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 public procurement, healthcare service delivery, planning, and budgeting; the other two commitments strive to widen civic engagement and enhance access to empowerment opportunities for youth, 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 repository for the action plan and improvements in convening meetings are still needed.

The co-creation approach allowed inclusion 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

Commitment 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


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