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South Africa

  • Member Since 2011
  • Action Plan 4

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Current Action Plan

2020-2022

Action Plan 4

  • Number of Commitments: 3
  • Policy Area Focus: Not specified

South Africa’s fourth action plan aims to reinvigorate the OGP process in the country after several years of inactivity. The plan’s three proposed themes are relevant and a good foundation on which to build. However, at present the commitments lack clarity and ambition. To strengthen its in-country impact and global leadership, South Africa can take advantage of an opportunity to submit a revised action plan, with clear implementation roadmaps and stronger government engagement.

South Africa had not submitted an action plan since its third ended in 2018. The new fourth plan (2020–2022) is an attempt to revive the OGP process in the country.

All three of the commitments are quite mature in that they build on previous open government plans and have strong civil society leaders supporting them. However, changes in the OGP government point of contact, timing, and complexity of deliberations impacted the quality of the action plan. Two out of the three commitments lack verifiability, do not have clear potential for results, and resemble initial deliberations rather than concrete commitments. For example, the commitment on transformative fiscal transparency provides significant background to understand why it was important to include in the action plan but does not define activities or expected results.



Contact

Point of Contact

Patrick Sokhela Chief Director, International Relations, Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Patricks@dpsa.gov.za

Commitments


Resources

  1. Building open data capacity through e-skills acquisition

    2015, Resource, Web page

  2. Connecting the Dots: The Coordination Challenge for OGP in South Africa

    2016, Research Product, Web page

  3. Data Protection in Africa: A Look at OGP Member Progress

    2021, Research Product, Web page

  4. Implementing SDG16+ Through the Open Government Partnership

    2019, Perspective, Web page

  5. Improving Government – Civil Society Interactions within OGP

    2015, Research Product, Web page

  6. Seeking Synergy: OGP & EITI

    2019, Research Product, Web page

  7. South Africa – First National Action Plan – 2012-13

    2015, Action Plan, Web page

  8. South Africa – Government Cohort Shift Request Letter (August 2018)

    2018, Letter, Web page

  9. South Africa – Notification of Late Action Plan (Cohort Shift) – January 2019

    2019, Letter, Web page

  10. South Africa – Under Review Letter – February 2020

    2020, Letter, Web page

  11. South Africa 2017 Late SAR Letter – February 2018

    2018, Letter, Web page

  12. South Africa Action Plan 2013-2014

    2015, Action Plan, Web page

  13. South Africa Action Plan 2020-2022

    2021, Action Plan, Web page

  14. South Africa Action Plan Review 2020-2022

    2021, IRM Report, Web page

  15. South Africa Action Plan Review 2020-2022 – For Public Comment

    2021, Report Comments, Web page

  16. South Africa Co-Creation Brief 2022

    2022, IRM Report, Web page

  17. South Africa End of Term Report 2013-2015

    2016, IRM Report, Web page

  18. South Africa End-of-Term Report 2016-2018

    2019, IRM Report, Web page

  19. South Africa End-of-Term Report 2016-2018 – For Public Comment

    2019, Report Comments, Web page

  20. South Africa IRM Report 2011-2013

    2015, IRM Report, Web page

  21. South Africa Mid-Term IRM Report 2013-2014

    2015, IRM Report, Web page

  22. South Africa Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

    2018, IRM Report, Web page

  23. South Africa Mid-Term Report 2016-2018 – For Public Comment

    2018, Report Comments, Web page

  24. South Africa Mid-term Self-Assessment Report 2015

    2016, Self Assessment, Web page

  25. South Africa’s Third National Action Plan 2016-2018

    2016, Action Plan, Web page


Current Data

The data below is updated periodically, most often after large numbers of new action plans and IRM reports.

Commitment Performance

The following variables answer the question “Did this commitment open government?“, and focus on how government practices have changed as a result of the commitment’s implementation.

Key

No IRM data

Pending IRM Review

Major
Outstanding
Starred Commitments
Action Plan 1
Action Plan 2
0
0
0
Action Plan 3
1
0
0
Action Plan 4

Global

Most per action plan
4
7

Regional

Most per action plan
0
3

How to Get More Starred Commitments

Starred commitments in OGP are one of the ways the IRM designates promising reforms. The graph below shows where the major areas for improvement in action plan design and implementation should take place based on past action plans.

Key

Stars (Global average 7%)

Focus on implementation

Focus on design

Pending IRM review

No IRM data

Focus on design

Focus on objectives and impact (ambition/potential impact)

Focus on relevance to open government

Focus on verifiability

Action Plan 1
Action Plan 4

Public Participation

This table shows: 1) the level of public influence during the development and implementation of OGP action plans, 2) whether consultations were open to any member of the public or only to those invited; and 3) whether a forum existed that met regularly.

Key

Participation was closed

Participation was open to any interested party

No IRM data

Forum

Pending IRM review

Definitions

Collaborate: Iterative dialogue and public helped set agenda

 

Involve: Government gave feedback on public inputs

 

Consult: Public gave input

 

Inform: Government provided public with information on plan

Collaborate
Involve
Consult
Inform
No Consultation

Development

Action Plan 1
Action Plan 2
Action Plan 3
Action Plan 4
Collaborate
Involve
Consult
Inform
No Consultation

Implementation

Action Plan 1
Action Plan 2
Action Plan 3
Action Plan 4

OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

Selected Dimensions of Open Government

This section captures how each OGP member can play a leadership role, based on IRM-based findings and third-party scores. This list does not cover all of open government and OGP members are not required to take any action.

Action implications

These are recommendations on the role that each OGP member might play in each policy area. The recommendations are derived from a combination of the IRM-based findings and third-party scores.

IRM-based findings

Reflect the performance of commitments in a particular policy area, as assessed by the IRM.

 

(NC) No Commitments
(CA) Commitment(s) in the policy area.
(IR) IRM-Reviewed: At least one IRM-assessed commitment.
(C) Was Complete: At least one commitment was substantially or fully completed.
(A) Was Ambitious: At least one commitment with moderate or transformative potential impact.
(ER) Showed Early Results: At least one commitment opened government in a “Major” or “Outstanding” way.

Third-party scores

Reflect “real-world” performance, i.e., performance outside of the OGP framework. Scores are comprised of various indicators collected by respected organizations.

Anti-Corruption

Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)

Civic Space

Action Implications
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)

Open Policy Making

Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)

Access to Information

Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
Consider Action
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)

Fiscal Openness

Action Implications
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
Implement for Results
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)
Action Implications
IRM-Based Findings
NC
CA
IR
C
A
ER
3rd-Party Score (0-4)

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