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Sierra Leone

Open parliament (SL0028)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Sierra Leone Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Office of the Clerk of Parliament

Support Institution(s): Parliament of Sierra Leone specifically; - Departments: Information and Research Services (Public Relations, ICT, Research and Library) Finance (Parliamentary Budget Office) - Committees: Public Account, Transparency and Accountability, Finance, Legislative and Education. National Council for Civic Education and Development (NaCCED), Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)  Campaign for Good Governance (CGG)  Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI)  OGP Steering Committee  OGP Multi Stakeholders Group

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Gender, Legislature, Marginalized Communities

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
The Government of Sierra Leone has demonstrated
a strong desire to implement Open Government
Partnership (OGP) Commitments, as demonstrated
through the National Council for Civic Education and
Development identifying and adopting OGP as a
strategic pillar. Yet the Sierra Leone Parliament is
not playing a key role within the OGP process. It is
assumed that without Parliament’s commitment and
support in the process it will be challenging for many
of the OGP commitments to be fully implemented
and there will continue to be challenges in achieving
the Sustainable Development Goals. For instance,
Parliament currently has very limited platforms to
engage with citizens and CSOs and the Parliament
is yet to provide annual reports on their operations to
demonstrate leadership in accountability and
transparency as regards lawmaking processes,
oversight, and representation.

What is the commitment?
The commitment entails action that will enable
Parliament to become more open and transparent
to its citizens and effectively collaborate with other
actors in dispensing its functions as enshrined in
the Constitution of Sierra Leone.
Outcome 1: More open, responsive democratic
institution with increased civil society’s
engagement, the following are expected progress
markers:
- Parliament working group commits to
conduct oversight on the implementation of
the National Action Plan
- Parliament implement and monitor the
developed mechanisms for citizens’
participation in the legislative and budgeting
process.
- Parliament to produce annual reports on all
its activities in an accessible formats
(including special needs group) and publish
in the parliamentary website.
- Parliament to hold consultations and
hearings with civil society organizations on the budgeting process, implementation,
critical public policy issues and the Auditor
General’s Report for constructive inputs and
feedback.
Outcome 2: Greater access and inclusion of
women and marginalized groups and informal
political participation, the following are expected
progress markers:
- Develop a Gender and Equity Compliance
Checklist that will be utilized by Government
functionaries including political parties.
- Percentage increase in women and members
of marginalized groups contesting for
leadership positions in formal political
institutions in Sierra Leone
- Parliament to assess budgeting allocation
and approval based on the submission of
Gender and Equity Compliance Certificate to
ascertain that such body meets the
benchmarks set justifying the level of
accessibility and benefit received by
marginalized groups through government
programmes.How will the commitment
contribute to solving the
public problem
Three key approaches will be utilised in the
implementation of this programme and these are:
1. Capacity building of critical Committees
(Transparency and Accountability, Public
Accounts, Finance Committee, Legislative
and Education Committees) that will
establish Parliament’s leadership in OGP
and capacitating MPs and ‘OGP Working
Group’ as ‘champion’ in applying the OGP
principles in the delivery of their work.
2. Supporting inclusive mechanisms in
Parliament using an integrated approach
(we will be utilizing variety of resources for
different interventions as a way of inspiring
growth and positive output).
3. Building a network of marginalised
groups promoting OGP in local
communities and linking the work of
marginalized groups to Parliament which
includes women and the disability
community.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
If the Sierra Leone Parliament embraces the OGP
principles in an inclusive way – through working in
alignment at both the national and community levels
with women, youths and other politically
marginalized groups - OGP can be used as a tool to
aid the Sierra Leone Parliament to carry out its
legislative, oversight and representative roles to
ensure better service delivery and enhanced
representation, accountability and transparency.
Additional Information An ad hoc Parliamentary committee, the OGP
Parliamentary Working Group, has been set as a
permanent committee to champion open
government issues in all Parliamentary proceedings
going forward. In addition, Parliament has
partnered with the National Council for Civic
Education and Development to undertake
constituency town hall meetings so as to keep
constituents abreast of proceedings in Parliament.


Commitments

  1. Expanding community-based justice services

    SL0022, 2019, Justice

  2. Improving access to secondary school

    SL0023, 2019, Education

  3. Tax system transparency

    SL0024, 2019, Fiscal Transparency

  4. Beneficial ownership registry

    SL0025, 2019, Beneficial Ownership

  5. Improve implementation of right to access to information

    SL0026, 2019, E-Government

  6. Advancing gender equality

    SL0027, 2019, Gender

  7. Open parliament

    SL0028, 2019, Capacity Building

  8. Records and Archives Management

    SL0029, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Gender

    SL0012, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Foriegn Aid Transparency

    SL0013, 2016, Aid

  11. Waste Management

    SL0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. Fiscal Transparency and Open Budget

    SL0015, 2016, E-Government

  13. Audit Report

    SL0016, 2016, Audits and Controls

  14. Climate Change

    SL0017, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Elections

    SL0018, 2016, E-Government

  16. Record Archive Management

    SL0019, 2016, E-Government

  17. Access to Justice

    SL0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Open Public Procurement Contracting

    SL0021, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  19. Publish and Revise 70% of Mining and Agricultural Lease Agreements and Contracts

    SL0009, 2014, E-Government

  20. Starred commitment Right to Access Information Law

    SL0010, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Open Data Portal for Transparency in Fiscal and Extractive Transactions

    SL0011, 2014, E-Government

  22. Public Integrity Pact with 5 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies

    SL0001, 2014, Conflicts of Interest

  23. Archives and Records Management Act

    SL0002, 2014, E-Government

  24. Scale up Performance Management and Service Delivery Directorate

    SL0003, 2014, Public Participation

  25. Compliance with Audit Measures

    SL0004, 2014, Audits and Controls

  26. Starred commitment Single Treasure Account

    SL0005, 2014, Extractive Industries

  27. Extractive Industry Revenue Act

    SL0006, 2014, Extractive Industries

  28. Scaling up Extractive Industry Transparency Initiatives

    SL0007, 2014, Extractive Industries

  29. Local Content Policy (LCP) Linkages with MDAs

    SL0008, 2014, Capacity Building