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Afghanistan

Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 governmental agencies (AF0011)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Afghanistan Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC)

Support Institution(s): 60 governmental agencies and Monitoring Commission on Access to Information, Civil society, media and UNESCO Office in Kabul

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Public Participation, Records Management, Right to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Evaluation of information units, preparing the plan to strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60
governmental agencies and its implementation
January 2018 - August 2019
Lead implementing agency/actor Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC)
Commitment Description
What it the public problem that
the commitment will address?
According to the reports published by the Monitoring Commission on
Access to Information, information units have been established in 60
government agencies at national level in Afghanistan. However, these
units are said to be ineffective, as they offer limited access to digital
forms of information due to lack of a comprehensive information
database, deficient documentations system and prolonged waiting
periods to attain requested information.
Therefore, ineffectiveness of the existing information units has led to
continued lack of public and media access to information, undermining
transparency, accountability and responsiveness in governmental
agencies.
What is the commitment? In order to address the mentioned challenges MoIC is intended to 1)
assess the capacities at these units; 2) formulate a capacity development
plan with a purpose to enhance the capacity of these units to deliver their
mandate and 3) to implement the capacity development plan in the MoIC
and Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Independent Administrative
Reform and Civil Service Commission, and Ministry of Transport as a
pilot project.
It is expected that the implementation of this commitment will ensure
that there is a well-functioning digital and manual system of information
management and dissemination in place. This will ultimately ensure
existence of digitalized data, smooth processing of public requests and
easy public access to the data within the aforementioned ministries.
How will the commitment
contribute to solve the public
problem?
The commitment will enable journalists, research organizations, CSOs
and related agencies to share their insights for improving the plan.
The digitalization of information management within the agencies will
expedite the dissemination of information ensuring that the public gains
easy and timely access to all relevant information.
Another advantage associated with the digitalization of information is
that it will ensure all data requests are formally documented and lodged.
Why is this commitment relevant
to OGP values?
This commitment is relevant to Open Government Partnership values
because it is inclusive of public participation. Moreover, the
implementation of this commitment will enhance public access to
accurate information thereby promoting accountability and transparency
in the public sector.


Afghanistan's Commitments

  1. Mechanism of Public Partnership in Inspection Process

    AF0001, 2017, Capacity Building

  2. Law on Processing, Publishing and Enforcing Legislative Documents

    AF0002, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Courts to address Violence against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  4. Public-Police Partnership Councils

    AF0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Registering Assets of Government Officials

    AF0005, 2017, Asset Disclosure

  6. Scheme for Establishing Health Service Accreditation Entity

    AF0006, 2017, Capacity Building

  7. Urban Improvement National Policy

    AF0007, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  8. Protection Policy for Women under Conflict and Emergency Situations

    AF0008, 2017, Gender

  9. Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Education and Higher Education

    AF0009, 2017, Education

  10. Plan for the Establishment of a Joint Committee Overseeing the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy

    AF0010, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  11. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 governmental agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Capacity Building

  12. Implementing open contracting

    AF0012, 2017, E-Government

  13. Public participation in Road Network Projects

    AF0013, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport