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Peru Implementation Report 2017-2019

During the implementation period, and as compared with the previous action plan, Peru made improvements in terms of commitment completion. However, the majority of commitments have not led to changes in the practice of government (or changes have been marginal). Moving forward, the IRM researcher recommends strengthening the the open government component in the results sought by the proposed activities.

Table 1. At a glance
Member since: 2011
Action plan under review: Third (2017-2019)
Type of report: Implementation
Number of commitments: 18

Development of the action plan
Is there a multi-stakeholder forum? No
Level of public influence: Consult
Acted contrary to OGP process: No

Design of the action plan
Commitments that are relevant to OGP values: (89%)
Transformative commitments: 1 (6%)
Potentially starred: 0 (%)

Implementation of the action plan
Starred commitments: 0
Completed commitments: 3
Commitments with major DIOG*: 3
Commitments with outstanding DIOG*: 0
Level of public influence: Inform
Acted contrary to OGP process: No

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. Peru joined OGP in 2011 and has since implemented three action plans. This report assesses the implementation of the third action plan.

Overview of the action plan

Seven ministries were in charge of implementing the plan’s commitments and the Secretariat for Public Administration of the Presidency of the Council of Ministries (moving forward, SGP-PCM) was in charge of the plan’s monitoring component. The Government documented instances in which citizens were informed about the status of commitments. However, the Government did not meaningfully engage civil society during the implementation process.

Three of the eighteen commitments included in Peru’s third action plan achieved major government openness. Thanks to these, Peru will soon have a multi-stakeholder forum, the quality of environmental information has improved, and the students from technical schools saw a reduction in the costs associated with obtaining their degrees.

Table 2. Noteworthy commitments

Commitment description Status at the end of the implementation cycle
1. Multi-stakeholder forum in priority sectors and open government commitments

Creation of pilot spaces for collaboration between civil society and Government in each sector participating in the current action plan

 

Completion of this commitment was limited, as two milestones were reframed and their activities were modified. However, the commitment allowed for the creation of a new multi-stakeholder forum that supported the OGP process in Peru, with significant participation from CSOs. The forum will be operational as of the start Peru’s fourth action plan cycle (2019-2021).
2. Access to environmental information and improved mechanisms for environmental information and transparency

Standardize a method for collection and disclosure of environmental information

 

Completion of this commitment was substantial. This commitment allowed for better disclosure of information, which available to the public via four web portals (National Environmental Information System – SINIA, Geoservidor, Environmental Assessment and Audit Institution – OEFA, and the Forest Offender Registry). It also enhanced access to these platforms.
7. Online availability of information of degrees issued by the Institute for Higher Technological Education The commitment was completed. Students with technical, non-university education are able to access their degree certificates online since 2015. The Government will gradually include certificates from previous years.

 

Recommendations

The IRM recommendations aim to inform the design of the upcoming action plan and guide the implementation of the current plan. For Peru’s design report (2017-2019), the IRM made the following recommendations:

1. Create a platform to allow for traceability of information related to information, consultation, feedback and joint decision-making with civil society
2. Reframe the sectoral focus of the creation of new commitments: aim to better acknowledge OGP values and higher levels of ambition of ongoing activities
3. Trigger an early start of multi-stakeholder sectorial pilots for the design of the new action plan, which should be co-chaired by the State and civil society
4. Explore additional topics to link with open government: legal reforms, justice and public contracting, as part of Peru’s 200 anniversary of its independence
5. Promote a revision of the country’s legislation related to citizen participation

 

 

 

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