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Development of Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Field of Regional Development and Infrastructure (GE0052)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Georgia National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia

Support Institution(s): Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Program Good Governance Initiative in Georgia (GGI)

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Legislation & Regulation, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Georgia End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Georgia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Development of transparency and integrity strategy and action plan in the field of regional development and infrastructure; The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (hereafter, Ministry of Infrastructure) disposes huge amounts of budget funds annually. Hence, it is expedient to further improve the Ministry’s standard of transparency and integrity. The Ministry of Infrastructure, together with relevant international and nongovernmental organizations, is currently working on the development of the Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Regional Development and Infrastructure. In the given strategy document the standards of transparency and integrity will be elaborated for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the entities under its system or management. In order to introduce these standards, an Action Plan will be developed. The introduction of the standards set forth in the document will eventually facilitate improvement of accountability and efficiency of the Ministry. Date of Implementation: 2016-2017; Issues to be Addressed: Currently there is no strategy document in the Ministry of Infrastructure setting out the transparent and accountable governance standards. Despite a good practice of the Ministry, it is essential to create a legislative framework for transparent and accountable governance, which, eventually, will facilitate improvement of accountability and efficiency.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

11. Development of transparency and integrity strategy and action plan in the field of regional development and infrastructure

Commitment Text:

The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (hereafter, Ministry of Infrastructure) disposes huge amounts of budget funds annually. Hence, it is expedient to further improve the Ministry’s standard of transparency and integrity. The Ministry of Infrastructure, together with relevant international and nongovernmental organizations, is currently working on the development of the Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Regional Development and Infrastructure. In the given strategy document the standards of transparency and integrity will be elaborated for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the entities under its system or management. In order to introduce these standards, an Action Plan will be developed. The introduction of the standards set forth in the document will eventually facilitate improvement of accountability and efficiency of the Ministry.

Responsible institution(s): Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia

Supporting institution(s): Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Good Governance Initiative in Georgia (GGI) Program

Start Date: 2016 End Date: March 2017

Commitment Aim:

The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure (MRDI) committed to approve a Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan with the overall objective to ensure a guiding document for transparency and integrity efforts in the Ministry and its subordinate units. [32]

Status

Midterm: Complete

The commitment was fully implemented by the midterm. The MRDI adopted the Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in April 2017, which includes four thematic areas: 1) increasing transparency and civic participation; 2) strengthening ethics and integrity standards; 3) improving human resource management; and 4) enhancing planning, monitoring, and internal financial control systems. The Action Plan entails activities such as proactive publication of information, enhancing whistleblower protection, and an electronic module for collecting citizen input on political documents. CSOs were consulted in the drafting process and asked for their feedback. However, some of the participants claim that key recommendations were not taken into account, such as the importance of incorporating procurement into the document, which is an important area based on the Ministry’s line of work. According to the MRDI, policies on public procurement are made by the State Procurement Agency and the MRDI follows these rules as established through normative acts. [33]

By the midterm, the Ministry started implementing some activities under the Action Plan. Information on construction projects under sub-entities of the ministries were published on http://www.build.gov.ge. In terms of whistleblower protection, the Ministry’s website featured a link to the whistleblower form, which redirects the user to http://www.mkhileba.gov.ge, the whistleblower page of the Civil Service Bureau responsible for such claims. While some of the trainings for Ministry employees envisioned by the commitment were underway by the midterm, more capacity-building activities were planned. For more information, please see the 2016–2017 IRM midterm report. [34] 

The commitment was fully implemented by the midterm. The Ministry continued to publish information on projects on build.gov.ge. [35] The Ministry continued training employees on issues such as procedures for disclosing public information, as well as employee evaluations, project management, and more. [36]

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Marginal

While build.gov.ge provides information on projects for all subordinate units divided by their status (planned, current, implemented) and allows citizens to look up any project in the period of 2017−2020, project information is limited to: name, location, period of implementation, implementing entity, and the category (e.g., road reparation, drainage system, etc.). The website also provides a link to the procurement website, which gives more comprehensive information regarding the tender, price, and other accompanying documents such as project plans, and more. While information on the procurement website existed prior to build.gov.ge, build.gov.ge simplifies finding projects implemented by sub-Ministry bodies. The link to build.gov.ge, along with a link to the whistleblower page of the Civil Service Bureau was added to the websites of all sub-Ministry units.

The USAID project, Georgia Good Governance Initiative (GGI), which assisted MRDI in developing the strategy and the action plan, commented on the importance of the co-creation process, which featured both the adoption and the implementation of the strategy. In the future, GGI plans to collaborate with MRDI on improving the usability of build.gov.ge. [38]

Carried Forward?

The commitment was not carried into the new Action Plan 2018−2019. In order to continue progress in this area, MRDI would need to ensure the full implementation of the Transparency and Integrity Action Plan. In addition, to increase transparency of simplified procurement and electronic tenders, MRDI could disclose information on its deals in a user-friendly format, along with detailed decisions and accompanying statistical data.

[32] Subordinate units include LEPL – Municipal Development Fund (MDF), LEPL – Vano Khukhunashvili Center for Effective Governance Systems and Territorial Arrangement Reform, Roads Department of Georgia, LLC Solid Waste Company of Georgia, LLC United Water Supply Company of Georgia, and LLC State Construction Company.

[33] MRDI, comment received during the pre-publication review period.

[34] Lasha Gogidze and Tamar Gzirishvili, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): Georgia Progress Report 2016-2017 (OGP, 30 Apr. 2018), https://bit.ly/2NIr097.

[35] Projects of the Municipal Development Fund are available at: http://mdf.org.ge/index.php?site-lang=en.

[36] Eka Sepashvili (Advisor to the Minister, MRDI), phone interview with IRM researcher, 29 Aug. 2018.

[37] Sepashvili, (MRDI), e-mail correspondence with IRM researcher, 10 Oct. 2018.

[38] Mikheil Darchiashvili (Governance Program Manager) and Levan Samadashvili (Chief of Party, Tetra Tech ARD), interview with IRM researcher, 17 Oct. 2018.


Commitments

  1. Improved Public Services

    GE0066, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Citizen Engagement Platform

    GE0067, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Unified Authentication System

    GE0068, 2018, E-Government

  4. Economic Governance

    GE0069, 2018, E-Government

  5. Environment Portal

    GE0070, 2018, E-Government

  6. Strengthen Anti-Corruption Institutions

    GE0071, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  7. Monitor SDGs

    GE0072, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Citizen Engagement Legislation

    GE0073, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  10. Increasing Transparency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

    GE0075, 2018, E-Government

  11. Citizen Participation in Public Finance

    GE0076, 2018, Audits and Controls

  12. Transparent Public Funding System

    GE0077, 2018, Fiscal Transparency

  13. Public Procurement Improvements

    GE0078, 2018, E-Government

  14. Housing Policy Planning

    GE0079, 2018, Land & Spatial Planning

  15. Openness and Accountability of State-Owned Enterprises

    GE0080, 2018, E-Government

  16. Transparency and Good Governance

    GE0081, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Open Data Collection and Publication

    GE0082, 2018, E-Government

  18. Participation for Disabled Individuals

    GE0083, 2018, Infrastructure & Transport

  19. Participatory Budgeting

    GE0084, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor

    GE0085, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Electronic Services

    GE0086, 2018, E-Government

  22. I. Gov. Zugdidi

    GE0087, 2018, Capacity Building

  23. Service and Citizen Satisfaction Assessment

    GE0088, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Promoting and Monitoring SDGs

    GE0089, 2018, Legislature

  25. Citizen Involvement in Budget

    GE0090, 2018, E-Government

  26. Technology for Transparency

    GE0091, 2018, E-Government

  27. Citizen Engagement Center

    GE0092, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Raising Public Awareness About Parliamentary Democracy

    GE0093, 2018, E-Government

  29. Electronic Innovations for More Transparency and Efficiency of Public Procurement

    GE0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  30. Starred commitment Adoption of the Environmental Assessment Code

    GE0057, 2016, Capacity Building

  31. Introduction of a Mobile App as an Alternative Channel to Connect to “112”

    GE0058, 2016, E-Government

  32. Development of Local Councils for Crime Prevention

    GE0059, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  33. Development of a Guidebook for Economic Agents

    GE0060, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Development and Introduction of the Quality Control Program of Commercial Service

    GE0061, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Presentation of Company Reports in an Electronic Form and Provision of Their Accessibility

    GE0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  36. Introduction of an Electronic Petition Portal and “Zugdidi-INFO” on the Webpage of Zugdidi Municipality Assembly

    GE0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Transparency of Ozurgeti Municipality Assembly Meetings

    GE0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  38. Creation of Electronic Mechanism for Local Budget Planning in Kutaisi, Ozurgeti, Batumi and Akhaltsikhe

    GE0065, 2016, E-Government

  39. Adapting the Public Service Hall to the Needs of the People with Disabilities

    GE0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Launch of the Unified Healthcare System Information Portal

    GE0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  41. Introduction of Electronic Licensing System in the Field of Natural Resources Application

    GE0044, 2016, Capacity Building

  42. Creation of Spatial (Geographic) Data Web-Portal for the Energy Sector

    GE0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  43. Creation of Innovation Ecosystem

    GE0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  44. Electronic Portal for Registering and Disposal of State Property – Customer’S Module

    GE0047, 2016, E-Government

  45. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  46. Development of a Monitoring and Assessment System of the Government Policy and Legislative Acts

    GE0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Introduction of the Public Officials’ Asset Declarations Monitoring System

    GE0050, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  48. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

  49. Development of Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Field of Regional Development and Infrastructure

    GE0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  50. Improvement of the Database of the Convicted and Transfer of the Penitentiary Department Entirely Onto the Electronic Workflow Management

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  51. Publication of Phone Tapping Data According to the Nature of the Crime and Geographic Area

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  52. Starred commitment Increasing Citizen Participation in Supervision of Public Finances (Public Audit)

    GE0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  53. "Voice of the Consumer"

    GE0013, 2014, Public Participation

  54. JUSTdrive

    GE0014, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  55. Educational Services

    GE0015, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  56. Citizen's Portal (Www.Mygov.Ge)

    GE0016, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Transformation of Public Libraries for Regional Development

    GE0017, 2014, Capacity Building

  58. Digital Signature and Online Authentication

    GE0018, 2014, E-Government

  59. Open Data Portal (Data.Gov.Ge)

    GE0019, 2014, E-Government

  60. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Draft

    GE0020, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  61. Georgia's OGP Forum

    GE0021, 2014, OGP

  62. I-Change.Ge

    GE0022, 2014, E-Government

  63. Transparency of Public Service Recruitment

    GE0023, 2014, E-Government

  64. Asset Declaration Monitoring System

    GE0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  65. Starred commitment Political Party Financial Declarations

    GE0025, 2014, E-Government

  66. Accessibility of Ministry of Interior's Webpage to People with Special Needs

    GE0026, 2014, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  68. Public Awareness of the Electoral Process

    GE0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  69. Transparency of Budgetary Processes

    GE0029, 2014, E-Government

  70. Electronic System of Procurement

    GE0030, 2014, E-Government

  71. Digital Human Resource Management System

    GE0031, 2014, E-Government

  72. Digital Preservation System: E-Archive

    GE0032, 2014, E-Government

  73. Openness and Accessibility of National Archives

    GE0033, 2014, E-Government

  74. Electronic Catalogues of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Archives

    GE0034, 2014, E-Government

  75. Public Finance Management System

    GE0035, 2014, E-Government

  76. Alternative Channels to "112"

    GE0036, 2014, E-Government

  77. Interactive Statistics and Crime Mapping

    GE0037, 2014, E-Government

  78. Travel Insurance Services

    GE0038, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration

  79. State Property Registration

    GE0039, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  80. Development of Community Centers in Georgia

    GE0040, 2014, E-Government

  81. Introduction of e-Governance in Local Self-Governments

    GE0041, 2014, E-Government

  82. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration

  83. e-Governance in Local Governments

    GE0002, 2012, E-Government

  84. Citizens’ Portal

    GE0003, 2012, E-Government

  85. Easily Accessible and Better Healthcare

    GE0004, 2012, E-Government

  86. Launch Ichange.Ge and Data.Gov.Ge

    GE0005, 2012, E-Government

  87. Platform for Participating in the Legislative Process

    GE0006, 2012, E-Government

  88. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Judiciary

  89. Starred commitment Transparent Party Financing

    GE0008, 2012, Money in Politics

  90. Home-Grown Concept of E-Procurement

    GE0009, 2012, E-Government

  91. e-Declarations

    GE0010, 2012, Asset Disclosure

  92. Technology Cares for Safety: ICCMS, Crime Mapping, and Safety in Your Neighbourhood

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  93. NGO Forum

    GE0012, 2012, Capacity Building