Paraguay Design Report 2018-2020
- Action Plan: Paraguay Action Plan 2018-2020
- Dates Under Review: 2018-2020
- Report Publication Year: 2020
The co-creation processCollaboration between government, civil society and other stakeholders (e.g., citizens, academics, private sector) is at the heart of the OGP process. Participating governments must ensure that a dive... of Paraguay’s fourth action planAction 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... was highly collaborative, resulting in a plan that engages all three branches of government and covers the 17 Sustainable Development GoalsOGP countries are experimenting with open government innovations to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 16+ which includes peaceful, just and inclusive societies.... 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 development
Action plan design
Action plan implementation
**DIOG: Did it Open Government
The Open Government PartnershipThe 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 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)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 ... 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 transparencyAccording 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 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 ambitionAccording to OGP’s Articles of Governance, OGP commitments should “stretch government practice beyond its current baseline with respect to key areas of open government.” Ambition captures the po... 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 FundWith the support of development partners and working together with the World Bank, OGP established the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) to support World Bank client countries and local entities that part... and allocated the funds to the design and implementation of activities under commitmentOGP commitments are promises for reform co-created by governments and civil society and submitted as part of an action plan. Commitments typically include a description of the problem, concrete action... 2: Socialization of social health and educationAccountability within the public education system is key to improving outcomes and attainment, and accountability is nearly impossible without transparent policies and opportunities for participation ... 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 participationAccording to OGP’s Articles of Governance, citizen participation occurs when “governments seek to mobilize citizens to engage in public debate, provide input, and make contributions that lead to m... More 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 youthRecognizing that investing in youth means investing in a better future, OGP participating governments are creating meaningful opportunities for youth to participate in government processes. Technical ... to meaningfully participate.||Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
|17. Sustainable and responsible open dataBy opening up data and making it sharable and reusable, governments can enable informed debate, better decision making, and the development of innovative new services. Technical specifications: Polici...
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.|
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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