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Paraguay Design Report 2018-2020

The co-creation process of Paraguay’s fourth action plan was highly collaborative, resulting in a plan that engages all three branches of government and covers the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. However, due to an overlap with national elections, the process faced challenges associated with the resulting political transition. The IRM recommends the creation of a rules manual for the co-creation process and the overall work of the Mesa Conjunta (Joint Open Government Board) to minimize these issues going forward.

Table 1. At a glance

Member since: 2011
Action plan under review: 4 (2018-2020)
Type of report: Design
Number of commitments: 35

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

Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP  values: 33 (94%)
Transformative commitments: 2 (6%)
Potentially starred: 2 (6%)

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

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 each action plan to ensure that governments follow through on commitments. Paraguay joined OGP in 2011 and has since implemented 3 action plans. This report assessed the design of the country’s fourth action plan

Action plan overview

In the past few years, Paraguay has made significant progress in the creation of regulatory frameworks to promote transparency and access to information. The most recent action plan furthers these efforts by implementing initiatives to halt corruption, following the recent accusations made against leaders. It also includes steps to strengthen local and regional development.

The co-creation process was highly ambitious and entailed great efforts with regards to organization, communication and participation of all the relevant stakeholders. This represented a gradual improvement in terms of ambition and performance from the previous co-creation process. Despite its good performance during its early stages, the co-creation process overlapped with national elections, which led to challenges associated with the resulting political transition. The final selection of commitments was rushed, resulting in the creation of some commitments with unclear expected impacts.

Overall, the action plan engages the three branches of government and encompasses the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, with five key areas: equal opportunities; transparent and efficient public management, land-use planning and environmental sustainability.

For this action plan Paraguay received OGP’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund and allocated the funds to the design and implementation of activities under commitment 2: Socialization of social health and education services.

Table 2. Noteworthy commitments

Commitment description Next steps Status at the end of the implementation
1. Accountability to indigenous peoples

Accountability by the key public agencies in charge of implementing public policies that affect indigenous peoples.

 

The IRM recommends carrying this commitment over to the next action plan, and to broaden its reach beyond the Chaco region to reach other indigenous communities. Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle. 
5. Strengthen citizen participation in anti-poverty programs

Enhance participation in and accountability of anti-poverty programs.

The IRM recommends the re-design of this commitment, considering that both programs included here have very specific characteristics and should therefore be addressed differently. Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle. 
13. Organized boys, girls and teenagers as lead players

Encourage the participation of organized boys, girls and teenagers as lead players.

 

The IRM recommends the strengthening of the committees to go beyond the delivery or socialization of the Children and Adolescents Code and to be supported by tools to empower the youth to meaningfully participate. Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle. 
17. Sustainable and responsible open data

Co-create and implement an open data policy.

The IRM recommends to carry over this commitment and to include the implementation of concrete actions, emphasizing practical details related to the dissemination of open data.

 

Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle. 
23. Climate Change Accountability

Inform the public about actions taken by Paraguay against climate change, and create spaces for the public to influence these policies.

The IRM recommends to regulate this process of accountability within MADES as means of institutionalization, whether that be done through a decree or resolution. Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle. 

Recomendations

The IRM recommendations aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide the implementation of the current action plan.

Table 3. Five key IRM recommendations

1. Create a rules manual for the co-creation process and the work of the Mesa Conjunta de Gobierno Abierto (Joint Open Government Board).
2. Strengthen unique communication and decision channels to include all active participants of the action plan process.
3. Prioritize including high quality and ambitious commitments, and ensure that they address concrete national context issues.
4. Link the open government action plan with institutional policies developed by the new government that are linked to open government values.
5. Consider designing a strategy for regional and/or local engagement in open government matters.

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