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Liberia

Civic Education and Citizen Engagement Around Offline Tools (LR0017)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Liberia, Second National Action Plan, 2015-2017

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: MIA, MICAT, MOS, President’s office

Support Institution(s): Accountability Lab, iLab,

Policy Areas

IRM Review

IRM Report: Liberia End-of-Term Report 2015-2017, Liberia Progress Report 2015-2017

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Performance Indicators: Information on EVD funds, including funding agency, project, commitment and disbursement amounts, and target location, are updated [on a monthly basis] and made available on Government websites Monthly progress reports delivered and available online

IRM Midterm Status Summary

For Commitment details, see Liberia Progress Report 2015-2017.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

2.3 Civic Education and citizen engagement around offline tools

(MIA, MICAT, MOS, President’s Office, with support from Accountability Lab and iLab, 15 September 2015 – 15 September 2016).

Milestones:

· 2.3.1 Creative tools for citizen outreach (interactive murals, citizen journalism, accountability film school, “conversation kekes”, Kick Out Corruption” program, radio shows, etc.

· 2.3.2 Annual perception survey of citizens on government accountability

Commitment Aim:

The commitment seeks to raise awareness of corruption and educate citizens on social issues of relevance to Liberia. An international consultant was commissioned to assess citizens’ perceptions of corruption and issues of governance in Liberia. Educating citizens using offline tools is important for reaching sectors of society that are not connected to the internet and where civic participation is generally low. However, as written, this commitment does not create new mechanisms for citizens to engage in government decision making, does not create access to new information, and does not hold officials accountable. Therefore, it is not clearly relevant to OGP values.

Status

Midterm: Substantial

According to the government’s self-assessment report and civil society project partners at Accountability Lab, the commitment is substantially complete. At the midterm, 800 comic books had been distributed, five murals painted in Monrovia, and a “Corruption, Corruption” music video produced. For more information, please see the 2015–2016 IRM midterm report.

End-of-Term: Completed

Accountability Lab has developed several offline tools to create civic education and citizen engagement about corruption and issues of social relevance to Liberia. These include film schools, interactive murals, rap competitions, podcasts, community outreach activities and citizen helpdesks.

With support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Accountability Lab, Liberian musicians launched a collaborative initiative to combat corruption in Liberia through the power of Hip Hop music. At public performances in schools, the musicians spoke on the importance of eliminating corruption at all levels of society.[Note39: Accountability Lab, ‘Corruption, corruption’, http://www.accountabilitylab.org/corruption-corruption-partnering-with-amaze-to-promote-social-change-via-music-video/] Topics of discussions have been around the use of local taxes. Citizens’ helpdesks have also been organized in concessions areas where concessions agreements are explained to community members in very simplified language. These sessions also create a platform for dialogue between community members, company executives and local authorities. The rap competitions, which mainly involved youths, were organized in 15 counties with contestants spreading messages on selected themes like peace, elections, taxes, corruption and natural resource management.

Did It Open Government?

Did Not Change

While the offline activities carried out through this commitment, such as film schools, podcasts and community outreach programs, have engaged youth voices on issues of social relevance, such as tax reforms and corruption, government practice has not changed in a way that is relevant to open government values.

Carried forward?

The commitment was not carried forward.


Commitments

  1. Extend capacity and transparency of judicial system

    LR0039, 2020, Access to Justice

  2. Create public beneficial ownership register

    LR0037, 2020, Access to Information

  3. Publish budget information online

    LR0038, 2020, Aid

  4. Promote integrity within institutions and schools

    LR0040, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  5. Increase transparency and inclusivity of public contracts

    LR0041, 2020, Access to Information

  6. Train health professionals and open health data

    LR0042, 2020, Access to Information

  7. Make legislative process more transparent and participatory

    LR0043, 2020, E-Government

  8. Enhance compliance and transparency in tax system

    LR0044, 2020, E-Government

  9. Implement transparent SGBV roadmap

    LR0045, 2020, Access to Information

  10. Increase youth engagement in national policy

    LR0046, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  11. Monitor fulfillment of commitments

    LR0047, 2020, E-Government

  12. Publish latest health data

    LR0048, 2020, Access to Information

  13. Legislative Monitoring Database

    LR0027, 2017, E-Government

  14. Publication of Budget Documents

    LR0028, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  15. Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Access to Information

  16. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Access to Justice

  17. Feedback Mechanism to Build Accountability of the LNP

    LR0031, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Capacity Building for Integrity in Government

    LR0032, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  19. Transparency in the Land Authority

    LR0033, 2017, E-Government

  20. Accountability and Value for Money Through Open Contracting

    LR0034, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    LR0035, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Open Data/Citizen Navigation Portal

    LR0036, 2017, Access to Information

  23. Starred commitment Commercial Land Use Rights Information

    LR0011, 2015, Capacity Building

  24. Open Aid Portal and Publication of Aid Data

    LR0012, 2015, Access to Information

  25. Link Financial Management System to Aid Management Platform

    LR0013, 2015, Aid

  26. Facilitate Tracking of EVD Funds

    LR0014, 2015, Access to Information

  27. Starred commitment Implementation of the New Jury Law

    LR0015, 2015, Public Participation

  28. Citzen Monitoring of Justice System

    LR0016, 2015,

  29. Civic Education and Citizen Engagement Around Offline Tools

    LR0017, 2015,

  30. Know Your Rights' Initiative

    LR0018, 2015, Justice

  31. Passage of Whistleblower Protection Act

    LR0019, 2015,

  32. Transparency Hubs

    LR0020, 2015, Public Participation

  33. Public Service Integrity

    LR0021, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  34. Citizen Feedback Platform.

    LR0022, 2015, E-Government

  35. e-Government

    LR0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  36. Public Expenditure Management Systems

    LR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  37. Public Safety/ Law Enforecement Reform

    LR0025, 2015, E-Government

  38. Open Data Portal

    LR0026, 2015, Access to Information

  39. Appoint Public Information Officers (PIOs)

    LR0007, 2015, Capacity Building

  40. Popularize Freedom of Information (Foi) Law

    LR0008, 2015, Access to Information

  41. Expand Open Budget Initiative

    LR0009, 2015, Access to Information

  42. Public Information on Land and Natural Resource Reform

    LR0010, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  43. Increase Access to Public Information

    LR0001, 2013, Access to Information

  44. Open Budget Initiative

    LR0002, 2013, E-Government

  45. Extractive Industries Transparency

    LR0003, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  46. Citizens’ Participation and Dialogue

    LR0004, 2013, Public Participation

  47. Starred commitment Accountability and Integrity

    LR0005, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  48. Technology and Innovation

    LR0006, 2013, Access to Information

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