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Liberia

Open Data/Citizen Navigation Portal (LR0036)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Liberia Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Post and Telecommunications

Support Institution(s): LEITI, LISGIS, MOH, MOE, MFDP, MIA, MOPT, LITELCO, iLab Liberia, iCampus, World Resources Institute

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Anti-Corruption, E-Government, Extractive Industries, Land Rights & Spatial Planning, Open Data, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Liberia Implementation Report 2017-2019, Liberia Design Report 2017-2019

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

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

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Decisions can only be made in an informed way if policymakers and citizens have access to trusted, clear and accessible data. Currently, rumors and misinformation abound in Liberia because citizens do not have access to a platform that brings this information together in a way that allows for easy, free access and synthesis of relevant data.; What is the commitment?: The commitment will allow for a better understanding, collection and production of data related to policy-making in Liberia through a series of data-collection, cleaning and synthesis activities; and ongoing development of an online platform to disseminate this data.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: These efforts will solve this problem through providing much more data to citizens in ways that are useful and usable. While internet access for Liberians can still be limited, having all of this data in one place, online, in a form that can be used, will allow for additional offline approaches to be developed.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: Open data is a critical part of open government- it allows citizens to better navigate, understand and hold governments to account.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

IRM End of Term Status Summary

10. Implementation and Use of an Open Data/Citizen Navigation Portal

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

"The commitment will allow for a better understanding, collection and production of data related to policy-making in Liberia through a series of data-collection, cleaning and synthesis activities; and ongoing development of an online platform to disseminate this data.

These efforts will solve this problem through providing much more data to citizens in ways that are useful and usable. While internet access for Liberians can still be limited, having all of this data in one place, online, in a form that can be used, will allow for additional offline approaches to be developed."

Milestones:

  1. Conduct a prioritized audit of IT capacity and gaps within government bodies relevant to the OGP process;
  2. Conduct surveys of citizens to understand exactly what data they want from government;
  3. Collection of datasets from relevant ministries and conversion to machine-readable formats to make the data easy to use and repurpose;
  4. As part of the platform, create geospatial portal with all concessions agreements and related shapefiles, including agriculture, mining, and timber concessions, as well as Community Forest Management Agreements. Include maps of all community and customary lands that overlap with these concessions;
  5. User design and feedback process to understand how best to integrate and display data;
  6. Coordinate with the Aid Management Platform to ensure all aid data is available publicly on that platform, and it is linked to the open data platform;
  7. Interactive, structured community building on open data issues between key civil society organizations in Liberia and those across the continent working on open data and transparency issues including a series of video-conferences, online discussions and virtual events to share thoughts, cross-pollinate ideas and build collaborations.

Editorial Note: For the complete text of this commitment, please see Liberia's action plan at: https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/liberia-action-plan-2017-2019/

IRM Design Report Assessment

IRM Implementation Report Assessment

● Verifiable: Yes

● Relevant: Yes

Access to Information

Civic Participation

● Potential impact: Moderate

Completion: Not Started

Did it Open Government? Did Not Change

This commitment aimed to conduct a series of data collection, data cleaning, and data synthesis activities and support the development of the national data portal to disseminate government-held data. [103] It sought to address issues of disparate website appearance, quality, and storage. It also sought to streamline maintenance, optimization, and dissemination of Government of Liberia data, particularly in the context of the OGP process. [104]

At the time of this commitment's formulation, the national data portal was live but not formally launched. It provided links to websites of ministries and agencies and their online services and an unpopulated data repository page. [105] Site managers communicated with users through email. The site did not track data on general usage. [106]

This commitment was not started and thus not completed at the end of the action plan period. Contributing factors included the change in administration, resulting change in focus, and, later, changes in staffing within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the lead agency for this commitment.

However, during the implementation period, a redesigned eLiberia portal was officially launched. It made some government services available online. These included applications for passports, online payment of taxes, birth registration forms, and farmers e-registration. [107] As the commitment was not started, it did not change practices in relation to open government.

[103] eLiberia homepage, http://eliberia.gov.lr.
[104] Independent Reporting Mechanism, Liberia Design Report 2017–2019 (Washington, DC: Open Government Partnership), https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/liberia-design-report-2017-2019-for-public-comment/.
[105] Site was accessed October 2018.
[106] James K. Sulonteh (Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications), interview by IRM researcher, 12 October 2018.
[107] Ransford Mensah, "Liberia Launches Web Portal with Online Information on Government Services," IBI, 14 September 2018, https://www.ibi-usa.com/single-post/2018/09/14/eLiberia-launched.

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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