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Germany Implementation Report 2017-2019

Germany’s first OGP action plan resulted in significantly greater disclosure of information in areas such as the extractive industries, foreign aid, and mobility. The action plan saw high levels of completion overall, partly due to the commitments being part of pre-existing government plans.

Table 1. At a glance

Participating since: 2016
Action plan under review: First
Report type: Implementation
Number of commitments:  15

Action plan development
Is there a Multistakeholder forum? No
Level of public influence: Involve
Acted contrary to OGP process: No

Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP values:   13 (87%)
Transformative commitments                     1 (6%)
Potentially starred:                                    1 (6%)

Action plan implementation
Starred commitments: 1 (6%)
Completed commitments: 10 (67%)
Commitments with Major DIOG*: 4 (27%)
Commitments with Outstanding DIOG*: 0
Level of public influence: Consult
Acted contrary to OGP process: No

*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. Germany joined OGP in 2016. Since, Germany has implemented one action plan. This report evaluates the implementation of Germany’s first action plan.

General overview of action plan

Germany fully or substantially completed all 15 commitments in its first action plan, although many commitments were derived from existing work plans. The government regularly updated the public on the progress of the implementation of the commitments in the action plan.

The strongest results of the action plan involved transparency initiatives, particularly the disclosure of information on extractive industries, foreign aid, and mobility. In particular, under Commitment 5, Germany became the first EU member state to be officially assessed as in compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Standard. The action plan also saw major improvements to aid transparency (Commitment 6) and disclosure of mobility data (Commitment 7).

A starred commitment must meet several criteria:

  • The commitment’s design was Verifiable, Relevant to OGP values, and had a Transformative potential impact. As assessed in the Design Report.
  • The commitment’s implementation was assessed by IRM Implementation Report as Substantial or Complete.

Based on these criteria, Germany’s action plan had one starred commitment:

  • Commitment 7: Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

Table 2. Noteworthy commitments

Commitment description Status at the end of implementation cycle.
3. Promoting the open data environment

Establish a reliable open data ecosystem by communicating with stakeholders to promote the use and quality of open data.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community carried out intra-governmental dialogue on open data and actively communicated with external audiences at various public events. This commitment – together with the open data guidelines and handbooks published as part of a separate commitment in this action plan – has helped to lay the groundwork for improving open data ecosystems in the future.
5. Financial transparency—implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) standard

Increase transparency and accountability in extractive industries and strengthen dialogue with extractive industries stakeholders.

Germany became the first EU member state to fully comply with the EITI Standard. Notably, Germany’s second EITI report goes beyond EITI reporting requirements on environmental disclosures, raising the bar for other countries. In addition, the new legal framework, technical infrastructure, and multi-stakeholder approach have led to the disclosure of information on the extractives sector that was previously fragmented, of low quality, or simply unavailable.
6. Transparency in Development Policy

Improve quality and quantity of information on aid programming, as well as carry out consultations with experts and civil society.

As a result of this commitment, Germany’s International Aid Transparency Initiative reporting now includes more granular information, and the frequency of federal reporting has increased from quarterly to monthly. This commitment also boosted senior-level visibility of this issue and produced constructive dialogue with civil society through a series of workshops on aid transparency.
7. Open data for intelligent mobility

Create and promote a culture of transparency and responsiveness, as well as creative solutions, for issues of transport policy.

Beyond disclosing more mobility datasets and improving the functionality of the transportation data portal, the government actively engaged citizens on mobility issues. Notably, the government conducted an extensive online consultation to develop a noise action plan and collaborated with civil society organizations at various transport-related data events.

Five Key IRM Recommendations

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. In Germany’s 2017-2019 Design Report, the IRM recommended the following:

1. Improve co-creation in a holistic way
2. Invest increased resources to support civil society participation in the OGP process
3. Leverage OGP for developing new commitments beyond pre-existing initiatives
4. Use windows of opportunity for ambitious thematic commitments in the next action plan
5. Identify and work with high-level political champions or elder statespersons to raise the profile and visibility of open government inside the government


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