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South Africa

Open Data (ZA0024)



Action Plan: South Africa Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)

Support Institution(s):

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Capacity Building, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: South Africa Action Plan Review 2020-2022

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? The opening of government data in South Africa has shown promise in reconnecting citizens with governance processes and stimulating innovation around social challenges.9 However, the use of government data continues to be limited, with low awareness of what data is (or could be) available and how this data may enhance interaction with public entities.

What is the commitment? Commitment partners will expand training and development of capabilities of citizens and local data intermediaries to use government data for civic engagement and social innovation, especially in peripheral urban areas and rural municipalities. At the same time, engagement will deepened with data champions in targeted municipalities and provincial and national government line departments to enhance data management practices and facilitate responsible sharing and collaborative use of administrative data.

How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? The commitment will increase the awareness and capacity of citizens, local data intermediaries and government data champions to access, share and use public data individually and collaboratively, in ways that are relevant to their local context and decision-making.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP This commitment will enhance civic participation by creating new opportunities and capabilities for the sharing and reuse of data by citizens and data intermediaries. 9 See South Africa End of Term Report (EOTR) 2016-2018 sections on national open data portal and other commitments (e.g. fiscal transparency) Reviving the OGP Process in South Africa - OGP 4th National Action Plan 2020-2022 9 values?

Additional information Open data intersects with a number of other OGP commitments, especially those related to fiscal transparency. This commitment seeks to complement what other commitments are pursuing by addressing data capacity building and practices broadly.

Milestone activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date End Date Operationalisation of the Open Data South Africa Steering Committee. February 2021 March 2021 Training, development and support to citizens and local data intermediaries/ champions on using open government data for civic engagement and social innovation. Sep 2020 March 2022

IRM Midterm Status Summary

1: Open Data

• Verifiable: Yes                                                     

• Does it have an open government lens? Yes

• Potential for results: Modest

• Clustered: No


Open Government Partnership