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Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor (GE0085)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Georgia Action Plan 2018-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Zugdidi Municipality Town Hall

Support Institution(s): Zugdidi Municipality Assembly

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Lobbying, Open Regulations, Participation in Lawmaking, Public Participation, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Georgia Design Report 2018-2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Commitment 5: Your idea for the Zugdidi Mayor

The project “Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor” implies the creation of an electronic portal, through which the Zugdidi population will communicate with the Town Mayor by proposing a specific idea/initiative. This will facilitate the deepening of cooperation between the local self-government and citizens and raising the civic responsibility. The Town Hall commits to be more accountable to citizens and to respond the entered ideas, even if, due to some restrictions, they are not implementable.

Commitment 5: Your idea to the Zugdidi Mayor
Lead Agency Zugdidi Municipality Town Hall
Other Involved Actors Public Agency Zugdidi Municipality Assembly
Civil Society/ Private Sector/ International organization
Issues to be Addressed The Zugdidi Municipality Town Hall takes an active part in the implementation of many projects directed at enhancing the citizen engagement in the exercise of local self-governance. The Town hall has also set up Subject Councils for the purpose. In spite of this, citizen interest and activity is low, which can be ascribed to different reasons.
Main Objective By way of supporting the citizen initiatives and creating real cases/examples, stimulation of citizen participation in the local government activities and the decision-making process.
OGP Challenge Better management of public resources
OGP Principles Transparency Accountability Civil Participation Technology and Innovation
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Milestones to Fulfill the Commitment New or ongoing commitment Start date End date
Approval of regulations on the making of an e-portal New June 2018 October, 2018
E-portal making and activation New October 2018 June 2019
Informing population about the e-portal New June 2019 December 2019
Indicator The e-portal has been made; portal familiarization meetings with citizens have been held; 10 proposals have been entered through the e-portal.
Risks and Assumptions The issue is complex and its successful implementation depends on the engagement of the respective donor and civil society.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 20: Your Idea for Zugdidi Mayor

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

“The project ‘Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor’ implies the creation of an electronic portal, through which the Zugdidi population will communicate with the Town Mayor by proposing a specific idea/initiative. This will facilitate the deepening of cooperation between the local self-government and citizens and raising the civic responsibility. The Town Hall commits to be more accountable to citizens and to respond the entered ideas, even if, due to some restrictions, they are not implementable"

Milestones: 

  1. Approval of regulations on the making of an e-portal
  2. E-portal making and activation
  3. Informing population about the e-portal

Start Date: June 2018

End Date: December 2019

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, please see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/georgia-action-plan-2018-2019/.

Context and Objectives

Georgia’s previous action plan (2016–2017) included a commitment to introduce an electronic portal for petitions in Zugdidi Municipality. While the new petitions portal was incorporated on the municipality’s new website, the petitions mechanism was not functional by the end of the action plan. [109] Currently, Zugdidi residents are able to submit petitions as hard copies to the Municipal Assembly. This commitment aims to create an electronic portal called Your Idea to the Zugdidi Mayor, which would provide an official mechanism for residents to propose their ideas to the mayor of the municipality.

According to the commitment, the municipality also plans to respond to all citizen proposals, even those that it deems not administratively feasible. The Municipality of Zugdidi will approve the legislative framework for this kind of communication, develop and launch the portal, and promote it to residents. Consequently, this commitment is relevant to the OGP value of civic participation. The e-portal is verifiable, but the milestone to “inform” the public on the new e-portal is not explained in detail.

The portal is expected to provide a new opportunity for citizens to communicate their ideas to the municipal government, but it is unclear how the initiatives will be considered and/or implemented and what will be the selection process. According to the IRM researcher’s focus group discussion participants, the success of the portal greatly depends on how the government considers the petitions from citizens and which decisions it decides to carry out. [110] Therefore, the overall potential impact is minor.

Next steps

To improve engagement, the IRM researcher recommends that the Zugdidi Municipality Town Hall explore ways for offline citizen engagement, particularly in villages where internet penetration is lower.

The commitment text currently lacks general information about how the web portal is supposed to work and what kind of ideas it will support. Accordingly, the IRM researcher advises the government to provide more details about the selection criteria and process, and specifics related to each of the milestones.

The IRM researcher also recommends that Zugdidi Municipality refer to the similar project of Tbilisi City (idea.tbilisi.gov.ge) as a good example to emulate. Many ideas can be generated and incorporated, such as a public voting and a sectoral filtering function.

[109] Open Government Partnership, IRM: Georgia End-of-Term Report 2016–2018, pp. 66–67, https://bit.ly/2U7yxyt

[110] IRM researcher’s focus group discussion with students in Zugdidi, 15 June 2019.


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

  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, Anti-Corruption

  12. Transparent Public Funding System

    GE0077, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  13. Public Procurement Improvements

    GE0078, 2018, Access to Information

  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, Access to Information

  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, Legislative

  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, Anti-Corruption

  30. Starred commitment Adoption of the Environmental Assessment Code

    GE0057, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  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, Justice

  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, Anti-Corruption

  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, Access to Information

  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

  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, Education

  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, Access to Information

  60. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Draft

    GE0020, 2014, Access to Information

  61. Georgia's OGP Forum

    GE0021, 2014, Public Participation

  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

  65. Starred commitment Political Party Financial Declarations

    GE0025, 2014, Access to Information

  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, Anti-Corruption

  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 & 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, Access to Justice

  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, Access to Justice

  89. Starred commitment Transparent Party Financing

    GE0008, 2012, Political Integrity

  90. Home-Grown Concept of E-Procurement

    GE0009, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  91. e-Declarations

    GE0010, 2012, Anti-Corruption

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

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  93. NGO Forum

    GE0012, 2012, Capacity Building

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