Mongolia End-of-Term Report 2016-2018
Mongolia’s second 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... aimed to address a number of open government priorities in the country, such as 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 of media ownership and political finance, disclosure of Disclosing beneficial owners — those who ultimately control or profit from a business — is essential for combating corruption, stemming illicit financial flows, and fighting tax evasion. Technical... More and contracts in the extractives sector, and improving the Glass Account (budget transparency) system. At the end of term, implementation of commitments was low and can be attributed to political transitions, limited public consultation, and in some cases, inaction from responsible institutions. To improve the next action plan, Mongolia could share more public information on open government activities, reinvigorate the working group to monitor implementation, raise awareness and include new government actors in the OGP process, specify intended outcomes for commitments, and place greater emphasis on improving civic engagement and According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, public accountability occurs when ”rules, regulations, and mechanisms in place call upon government actors to justify their actions, act upon criticisms ... More in the extractives sector.
|Table 1: At a Glance
|End of term
|Number of Commitments
|Level of Implementers must follow through on their commitments for them to achieve impact. For each commitment, OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) evaluates the degree to which the activities outlin...
|Number of Commitments with…
|Clear 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 Values
|Transformative Potential Impact
|Substantial or Complete Implementation
|All Three (✪)
|Did It Open Government?
|Number of Commitments Carried Over to Next Action Plan
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 voluntary international initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to their citizenry to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. 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 ... carries out a review of the activities of each OGP-participating country. This report summarizes the results of the second year of implementation of Mongolia’s second action plan, from October 2017 to June 2018 and includes some relevant developments up to August 2018.
Mongolia developed its second action plan between February and June 2016. The Cabinet Secretariat coordinates the OGP process and commitments in Mongolia. The OGP National Council consists of government ministries and some civil society organizations (CSOs). While civil society was actively involved in the development of the action plan, participation during implementation was limited to specific civil society groups. Although civil society members were represented in the OGP working group, this group was largely inactive during action plan implementation. Towards the end of the implementation period, a group of CSOs convened a public consultation on the progress of implementation. A number of major political changes and regular Cabinet re-shuffling took place during implementation of the second action plan, which contributed to shifting the Cabinet Secretariat’s time and attention away from OGP activities. The Cabinet Secretariat did not submit an end-of-term self-assessment report.
Public consultations, which included representatives from government ministries, civil society, the Governments are working to open private sector practices as well — including through beneficial ownership transparency, open contracting, and regulating environmental standards. Technical specificat... More, international organizations, and the media, were held to co-create the third action plan in the second half of 2018. However, as the Government of Mongolia did not submit its action plan by 1 January 2019, four months after the deadline of 31 August 2018, the country had acted contrary to OGP process. As a result of this delay, Mongolia shifted from the “even year” to the “odd year” cohort of OGP participants. Mongolia’s third action plan was approved on 31 January 2019 by the Cabinet Secretariat. It includes 13 commitments, covering public services, budget and finance, OGP participating governments are improving transparency and citizen participation in natural resource governance to help detect corruption, safeguard community interests, and support environmental su... management, and other areas. Of the 13 commitments, four commitments are continued from the second action plan, while nine commitments are newly initiated.
Consultation with Civil Society during Implementation
Countries participating in OGP follow a process for consultation during development and implementation of their national action plan. Following the approval of Mongolia’s second action plan, the National Council established a new working group to serve as a multi-stakeholder consultation forum to monitor implementation. However, this new working group, with broader participation, was mostly inactive during the implementation of the action plan. It should be noted that the parliamentary elections of 2016 and presidential elections of 2017, and subsequent widespread bureaucratic changes, diverted significant government attention away from OGP activities.
Towards the end of the implementation period, on 23 May 2018, a group of CSOs, led by Women for Progress, held a public consultation to discuss implementation of the commitments. Around 35 civil society and government participants attended. Representatives of CSOs who support implementation of commitments gave presentations on the progress and participants gave feedback. Representatives of the Cabinet Secretariat also attended the consultation. Subsequently, on the initiative of Women for Progress, civil society conducted monitoring on the implementation status of the second action plan in June 2018. The government did not take any action based on the feedback and monitoring.
Table 2: Consultation during Implementation
|Regular 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...
|End of Term
|1. Did a forum exist?
|2. Did it meet regularly?
Table 3: Level of Public Influence during Implementation
The IRM has adapted the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) “Spectrum of Participation” to apply to OGP. This spectrum shows the potential level of public influence on the contents of the action plan. In the spirit of OGP, most countries should aspire for “collaborative.”
|Level of Public Influence during Implementation of Action Plan
|End of Term
|The government handed decision-making power to members of the public.
|There was iterative dialogue AND the public helped set the agenda.
|The government gave feedback on how public inputs were considered.
|The public could give inputs.
|The government provided the public with information on the action plan.
 “IAP2’s Public Participation Spectrum”, International Association for Public Participation, 2014, http://www.iap2.org/resource/resmgr/foundations_course/IAP2_P2_Spectrum_FINAL.pdf