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Honduras Design Report 2018-2020

Honduras’s fourth action plan was developed in a complex environment, and it was marked by a series of protests against the general election results. However, the Government of Honduras and the Technical Committee conducted a broad consultation process in at least 50% of the country’s cities. This was the first plan that engaged the legislature and judiciary, as well as the private sector. The IRM researcher recommends strengthening the binding mandate to secure sustainability of the open government process in Honduras throughout government transitions.

Table 1. At a glance

Member since: 2011
Action plan under review: 4
Type of report: Design
Number of commitments: 20

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

Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP values: 17 (85%)
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?

Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a voluntary initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) conducts yearly assessments of each OGP member’s activities to ensure that governments comply with their commitments. Honduras joined OGP in 2011and has since implemented three action plans. This report assesses the design of the country’s fourth action plan.

Overview of the action plan

During the design phase of the action plan, Honduras was facing the consequences of political instability resulting from the recent general electoral process. The results created uncertainty and the public security forces suppressed over 300 protests, resulting in the death of 30 Honduran citizens and many injured and arrested.

The Government of Honduras and the Technical Committee (CTS in Spanish) conducted a broad, participative process in 9 of the 18 cities of the country. The multi-stakeholder process – CTS – was formed through a free, democratic election, but with weak participation from civil society. The result was a plan that includes follow up on previous commitments and that failed to incorporate the country’s social and political delicate context.

The plan is focused on public integrity; efficient and effective use of public resources; improved public services; safe communities and corporate responsibility; and accountability. This is the first-ever plan to engage the judiciary and legislature, and that includes a commitment that is a direct responsibility of the private sector.

Table 2. Noteworthy commitments

Commitment description Next steps Status at the end of the implementation cycle
3. Open data

Co-creation of policies for an open data platform selected via  public consultation and with support from CSOs, academia and the private sector 

This commitment can contribute to significantly opening the Government. To this end, the IRM researcher recommends increasing the quantity and quality of capacity building processes for public institutions and to include open data. Civil society organization representatives interviewed for this report agree that this initiative is important but argue that it is necessary to secure adequate allocation to resources for full implementation and achieve the expected outcomes.

 

Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.
8. Open congress


Development of a dialogue mechanism to promote citizen participation through the use of digital tools to monitor projects subject to citizen deliberation. Similarly, spaces for accountability and direct dialogue with citizens

 

This commitment is the first-ever in Honduras to engage the legislature and is therefore a relevant first step to promote an open parliament in the country. To maintain the scope and secure its sustainability in the future, it is necessary to establish a multi-partisan agreement for its adoption by the different members of the National Congress. Agreements with CSOs to support fieldwork will to foster a closer relationship with the citizens outside the capital city. 

 

Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.

  

Recommendations

The IRM recommendations aim to inform the design of the upcoming action plan and guide the implementation of the current plan.

Table 3. Five KEY recommendations

Strengthen the binding mandate to secure sustainability of the OGP process in Honduras
Update guidelines to guarantee clear and broad consultation with a clear devolution process
Broaden the reach of territorial convenings
Increase the level of information published by the Technical Committee
Conduct an internal assessment of the continuity of commitments repeated throughout action plans

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