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Promoting Civil Participation in the Work of Civil Society Organizations (HR0025)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Croatia Action Plan 2012-2013

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Civic Space, E-Government

IRM Review

IRM Report: Croatia End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, Croatia IRM Progress Report 2014-2015

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Develop a mobile telephone application for the purpose of information citizens of the possibility of participating in the work of civil society organisations in the local community Necessary resources: HRK 40,000 Implementation indicators: • development of a mobile telephone application that enables citizens to search which societies are in their vicinity and provides information on their work and activities, and the possibilities of inclusion, and their contact information, and how to get involved in their work • number of application users Lead institutions: Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs1 Supporting institutions: None specified Start date: Not specified.............. End date: 31 March 2015

IRM End of Term Status Summary

16. Promoting Civil Participation in the Work of Civil Society Organisations

Commitment Text:

16.1. Develop a mobile telephone application for the purpose of information citizens of the possibility of participating in the work of civil society organisations in the local community  

Necessary resources: HRK 40,000

Implementation indicators:

  • development of a mobile telephone application that enables citizens to search which societies are in their vicinity and provides information on their work and activities, and the possibilities of inclusion, and their contact information, and how to get involved in their work
  • number of application users

Lead institutions: Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs[Note 81: Editorial note: The leading body was named the Office for Societies in the OGP Action Plan; the correct translation is the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.]

Supporting institutions: None specified

Start date: Not specified   End date: March 2015

Commitment Aim:

This commitment aims to inform citizens about the possibilities of becoming involved with civil society organisations through a mobile application, available across all platforms, which would allow citizens to quickly and easily obtain information on associations’ activities in their local communities.

Status

Midterm: Completed

The IRM researcher found this commitment to be fully implemented, although slightly behind schedule based on the timeline in the action plan. According to the commitment language, the application was supposed to be released by 31 March 2015 but instead was not made available until 27 May 2015. However, since the application was available before the end of the first year of implementation (30 June 2015), the IRM researcher still considers this commitment to be complete.

Did it open government?

Access to information: Marginal

Civic participation: Marginal

There are over 50,000 registered civil society organisations that have extremely varied activities and scope of citizen involvement, and this commitment aimed to bring more information about CSO activities to citizens through a mobile telephone application. This allows citizens a quick and easy way to obtain information on associations’ activities in their local communities. By implementing this commitment, government practice in the area of access to information and civic participation was marginally opened since most of the information on CSOs’ activities are entered by the organisations themselves, with the government providing technical support on the application. So far, according to the draft self-assessment report, 551 organisations have been using the application, but the number of citizens accessing it to find information on local associations is unknown. The interviewed CSO representatives[Note 82: The participants were interviewed in the period between September and October 2015. For more information, see the IRM midterm report.] stated that the application is functional and user-friendly. However, limitations of the potential reuse of data gathered through the application prevent this commitment from truly transforming the status quo in this area.

Carried forward?

The next action has not been drafted or released by the government in accordance with the OGP schedule. The IRM researcher suggests the following steps be undertaken in the next action plan:

§  Monitoring and evaluating the application’s overall take-up;

§  Promoting the application to the wider public and encouraging more CSOs to use the application and to enter as much data on their activities as possible; and

Opening the data collected through this application, and all such applications, for reuse.


Croatia's Commitments

  1. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Fiscal Transparency

    HR0027, 2018, E-Government

  3. Political Finance Transparency

    HR0028, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Commercial Regulations of Companies Owning Local Governments

    HR0029, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  5. Transparency in NGO Project Finance

    HR0030, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Protection of Persons Reporting Corruption

    HR0031, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  7. Parliamentary Transparency

    HR0032, 2018, E-Government

  8. Media Regulations Framework

    HR0033, 2018, Civic Space

  9. Data Opening

    HR0034, 2018, E-Government

  10. Raising Awareness About Open Data

    HR0035, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Central State Portal

    HR0036, 2018, E-Government

  12. Public Consultations

    HR0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Implementation of Anti-Corruption Policies by NGOs

    HR0038, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. Local and Regional Open Government

    HR0039, 2018, E-Government

  15. OGP Sustainability

    HR0040, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Right to Access Information Legislative Framework

    HR0010, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Improving the Implementation of the Right of Access to Information Act

    HR0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  18. Proactive Release of Information and Opening Data

    HR0012, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Fiscal Transparency

    HR0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Improvements of Transparency and Efficiency in Public Administration Work

    HR0014, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Improvement of Transparency of Election and Referendum Campaigns

    HR0015, 2014, E-Government

  22. Transparency in the Area of Youth Policy

    HR0016, 2014, E-Government

  23. Media Transparency

    HR0017, 2014, Civic Space

  24. Improving Transparency of Information on Members of Parliament and Their Work

    HR0018, 2014, Asset Disclosure

  25. Improving Transparency of Data on Assets of Officials

    HR0019, 2014, Asset Disclosure

  26. Improving the Consultation Process with the Interested Public in Legislative Procedures

    HR0020, 2014, Capacity Building

  27. Ensuring the Sustainability of Values and Content of the OGP Initiative

    HR0021, 2014, Capacity Building

  28. Participation in Drafting the New Anti-Corruption Strategy

    HR0022, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  29. Regulation of Lobbying

    HR0023, 2014, Capacity Building

  30. Improving Efficiency of the Ministry of Interior's Complaints Commission

    HR0024, 2014, Justice

  31. Promoting Civil Participation in the Work of Civil Society Organizations

    HR0025, 2014, Civic Space

  32. Improving the Content and Transparency of Budgetary Documents: Publish and Update the State Budget Proposal

    HR0001, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  33. Improving Transparency of Business Activity of the Companies of Special State Interest

    HR0002, 2012, Private Sector

  34. Making the Contents of All Budgetary Documents Understandable and Accessible to Citizens

    HR0003, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  35. Improving Accessibility of Local Budget Contents to the Citizens and the Public: Give Recommendations to Local Units to Publish Budget Documents

    HR0004, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  36. Starred commitment Improving the Legislative Framework for Exercising the Right of Access to Information: Amend the Act on the Right of Access to Information

    HR0005, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  37. Starred commitment Improving Access to Information on Expending Public Resources and Contents of Relevant Registers: Implementation of Acts on Political Activity and Campaign Financing

    HR0006, 2012, Civic Space

  38. Ensuring Transparent Work of Public Authority Bodies in the Service of Exercising Citizen Rights: Enhancement of Web Portal with Info on Exercising Rights

    HR0007, 2012, E-Government

  39. Starred commitment Setting up a System of Participatory Drafting and Monitoring of State and Local Budget Implementation: Public Discussions on Budget Allocation

    HR0008, 2012, Participation in Budget Processes

  40. Starred commitment Improving the Practice of Consulting the Interested Public in Procedures of Adopting New Laws: Amend Procedural Rules

    HR0009, 2012, E-Government