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Liberia

Public service integrity (LR0021)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Liberia, Second National Action Plan, 2015-17

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: MICAT, GC, LIPA, CSA, NIF

Support Institution(s): Accountability Lab

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption Institutions, Capacity Building

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
Number/percentage of officials trained and demonstrating understanding of issues of integrity and reform
Number and quality of ideas receiving support under this fund
Frequency of score cards publication and number of awards given

IRM Midterm Status Summary

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

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Cluster: Building a Culture of Accountability in Communities and Government

3.2 Community building for accountability organizations.

(MICAT, MIA, LACC, GC, with support from Accountability Lab, CENTAL, OSIWA, Medica Mondiale, GAA; 10 July 2015 – 30 December 2015).

Milestones:

· 3.2.1 Creation of an OpenGov Hub in Monrovia- a coworking and community space for accountability

· 3.3.2 Setting up and staffing of “accountability incubators” within the 15 counties

3.3 Improve Integrity within government systems.

(MICAT, GC, LIPA, CSA, NIF, with support from Accountability Lab; 20 September 2015 – 20 September 2016).

Milestones:

· 3.3.1 Train at least 20 middle, junior, and senior levels GoL officials on building a culture of integrity and promote network building of reformers within the government sector.

· 3.3.2 Creation of an innovation fund ($2-5,000) for small, creative ideas for integrity within government.

Commitment Aim:

These commitments are designed to facilitate coordination among different groups working for accountability in Liberia, and to establish workspace, resource sharing and support for accountability initiatives. Planned activities include constructing an OpenGov Hub community space, providing grants to local start-up leaders to improve governance, and training recent university graduates entering the Liberian Civil Service on ethics and accountability issues. Training topics involve building a sustainable organization, fair hiring practices, and transparent reporting on tax forms and deductions.

Commitment 3.2 This commitment seeks to build a community of accountability organizations via an OpenGov Hub in Monrovia. The Hub would be a work and community space for all such organizations in Liberia.

Commitment 3.3 aims to encourage a culture of integrity within government systems by giving recent civil service graduates training in government ethics (e.g., human resources, finance, and peer leadership). The goal is to train at least 20 civil servants and to start an innovation fund to support projects proposed by civil servants to increase transparency and strengthen ethical administrative practices. As written, this commitment does not provide specific goals or clear plans on how improved transparency and ethical conduct will be measured and, therefore, is assessed as having only a minor potential impact.

Status

Midterm:

Commitment 3.2: Limited

The government’s self-assessment report identifies the site for the OpenGov Hub as Carey Street in Monrovia. Renovation works were ongoing as of June 2016. A representative from Accountability Lab confirmed that the space is 80–90 percent completed and was being used in February 2017. For more information, please see the 2015–2016 IRM midterm report.

Commitment 3.3: Substantial

As of June 2016, 20 senior and junior officers of government institutions were trained by the Liberian Institute for Public Administration (LIPA) on integrity issues. The self-assessment report does not specify which particular topics were part of the training curriculum, or how improvements in government integrity would be measured. For more information, please see the 2015–2016 IRM midterm report.

End-of-Term:

Commitment 3.2: Completed

The OpenGov Hub is completed and fully operational offering various services to open government organizations, such as high-speed internet connection and hot-desking in co-working spaces, office space for meetings and workshops, customs trainings and workshops.[Note45: Luther D. Jeke, Ilab Liberia, interview by IRM researcher, November 2017.]

Furthermore, the iCampus shares innovation, co-working and community space for organizations focusing on the intersection of technology, accountability and social change in Liberia. It acts as a physical and virtual space for youth-focused ICT and governance training, a networking and innovation hub, and a focal point for elections and open governance work.

The iCampus, also hosts the USAID Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative (LAVI) Learning Lab—a physical and online hub for Liberians and international organizations to collaborate, share lessons learned, and access useful resources to help improve programmatic learning, advocacy campaigns, and open and accountable governance in Liberia.[Note46: iCampus, LAVI Learning Lab, http://icampus.io/lavi-learning-lab/%5D Also, the Liberia Accountability Incubator Program[Note47: Accountability Lab, Accountability Incubator, http://www.accountabilitylab.org/accountapreneurs/%5D from Accountability Lab, a flagship program for young civil society leaders to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and social impact covering 15 counties, is now established.[Note48: Blair Glencorse, questionnaire interview by IRM researcher, 15 November 2017.]

Commitment 3.3: Substantial

Training for government officials, including senior civil servants, have been conducted by government institutions and NGOs working on accountability issues. According to the government’s self-assessment report, 20 middle and junior level government officials (PYPPs) were trained on issues of integrity.

Accountability Lab, with the government innovation fund, launched “Integrity Idol,” a campaign to 'name and fame' honest government officials.[Note49: Blair Glencorse, questionnaire interview by IRM researcher, 15 November 2017] The Integrity Idol campaign has tapped into the frustration around corruption in Liberia and channeled it toward positive thought and action. The finalists themselves have already committed to building a network of hundreds of young people in their districts who can act as integrity champions in the future. This will help local reformers share ideas, build coalitions and actively collaborate to improve governance.

Did it Open Government?

Commitment 3.2

Civic Participation: Marginal

According to the Accountability Lab and iLab Liberia, the OpenGov Hub and iCampus have improved collaboration, networking and information sharing among line ministries and CSOs. This has created synergy in governance programs as stakeholders are now more aware of each other’s project activities, improving the opportunities to create alliances and influence government decisions. However, there is no sufficient evidence to state that this commitment has influenced civic participation in government decisions.

Commitment 3.3

Did Not Change

Although this commitment is a major step forward in promoting a culture of integrity in Liberia, it is still to be seen how this commitment would improve the government’s score on the OGP values of access to information, civic participation and public accountability.

Carried forward?

This commitment was carried forward with milestones including, inter alia, the passage of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Acts and the strengthening of the implementation of Executive Order (19) (Code of Conduct for National Officials).


Liberia's Commitments

  1. Legislative Monitoring Database

    LR0027, 2017, E-Government

  2. Publication of Budget Documents

    LR0028, 2017, Audits and Controls

  3. Freedom of Information (FoI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Capacity Building

  4. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Feedback Mechanism to Build Accountability of the LNP

    LR0031, 2017, E-Government

  6. Capacity Building for Integrity in Government

    LR0032, 2017, Capacity Building

  7. Transparency in the Land Authority

    LR0033, 2017, E-Government

  8. Accountability and Value for Money through Open Contracting

    LR0034, 2017, E-Government

  9. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    LR0035, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  10. Open Data/citizen Navigation Portal

    LR0036, 2017, Audits and Controls

  11. Starred commitment Commercial Land Use Rights Information

    LR0011, 2015, Capacity Building

  12. Open Aid Portal and Publication of Aid Data

    LR0012, 2015, Aid

  13. Link Financial Management System to Aid Management Platform

    LR0013, 2015, Aid

  14. Facilitate tracking of EVD funds

    LR0014, 2015, Aid

  15. Starred commitment Implementation of the new jury law

    LR0015, 2015,

  16. Citzen Monitoring of Justice System

    LR0016, 2015,

  17. Civic education and citizen engagement around offline tools

    LR0017, 2015,

  18. Know Your Rights' Initiative

    LR0018, 2015,

  19. Passage of Whistleblower Protection Act

    LR0019, 2015,

  20. Transparency hubs

    LR0020, 2015, Public Participation

  21. Public service integrity

    LR0021, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  22. Citizen feedback platform.

    LR0022, 2015, E-Government

  23. e-Government

    LR0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  24. Public expenditure management systems

    LR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  25. Public safety/ Law enforecement reform

    LR0025, 2015, E-Government

  26. Open data portal

    LR0026, 2015, Open Data

  27. Appoint Public Information Officers (PIOs)

    LR0007, 2015, Capacity Building

  28. Popularize Freedom of Information (FoI) Law

    LR0008, 2015, Capacity Building

  29. Expand Open Budget Initiative

    LR0009, 2015, Capacity Building

  30. Public Information on Land and Natural Resource Reform

    LR0010, 2015, Extractive Industries

  31. Increase Access to Public Information

    LR0001, 2013, Capacity Building

  32. Open Budget Initiative

    LR0002, 2013, E-Government

  33. Extractive Industries Transparency

    LR0003, 2013, Audits and Controls

  34. Citizens’ Participation and Dialogue

    LR0004, 2013, Public Participation

  35. Starred commitment Accountability and Integrity

    LR0005, 2013, Conflicts of Interest

  36. Technology and Innovation

    LR0006, 2013, E-Government