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Tunisia

Capacity-building of civil servants and citizens in the area of open governance (TN0011)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Tunisia, First Action Plan, 2014-16

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Presidency of the Government: Secretariat of State in Charge of Governance and Civil Service and General Committee of Public Service (General Direction of Rraining and Capacity Building)

Support Institution(s): Public institutions specialized in civil servants training.

Policy Areas

Capacity Building

IRM Review

IRM Report: Tunisia End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

- Set up a training program for civil servants in the open government field considering subjects related to open government, corruption fight, information access, open data and electronic participation
- Include training programs and sessions about the open government in the training programs of the national school of administration and in other institutions specialized in public sector training

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Clustered Commitments 11, 12: Civil servant capacity building

11: Open governance training

Commitment Text:

       Set up a training program for civil servants in the open government field considering subjects related to open government, corruption fight, information access, open data and electronic participation.

       Include training programs and sessions about the open government in the training programs of the national school of administration and in other institutions specialized in public sector training.

Responsible Institution(s): Presidency of the Government: Secretariat of State in Charge of Governance and Civil Service and General Committee of Public Service (General Direction of Training and Capacity Building)

Supporting Institution(s): Public institutions specialized in civil servants training

Start Date: July 2014 End Date: June 2016

12: Open governance training academy

Commitment Text: Create a structure specialized in academic training in the governance area for civil servants in collaboration with experts in this field. This training will allow trainees to have broader knowledge about governance and corruption fight trends at the international level.

Responsible Institution(s): Presidency of the Government: Secretariat of State in Charge of Governance and Civil Service, the General Committee of Public Service

Start Date: July 2014 End Date: December 2015

Commitment aim

These two commitments were geared toward building the capacity of civil servants in the area of open government. Specifically, they sought to establish an open governance training program and academy.


Status

Midterm: Limited

In September 2013, the Chief of Government signed Executive Order 2013-3803, creating the International Good Governance Academy of Tunis. According to the government’s self-assessment report, the academy was expected to open in September 2015 within the National School of Administration (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, ENA). Training materials and programs were developed, and topics related to open governance were included. Some of the material was published on the ENA’s website. For more information, please see the 2014-2015 IRM Midterm Progress Report.[Note 40: OGP, Tunisia IRM Midterm Progress Report 2014-15, http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/Tunisia2014-15_IRM%20Progress%20Report_Eng.pdf.]

End of term: Complete

Commitments 11 and 12 were both completed.

       Commitment 11: The government’s self-assessment and the IRM researcher’s media monitoring both confirmed that the Chief of Government signed a note (#21) on 23 September 2015 requiring that all civil servant training programs include materials on good governance and open government. These civil servants participated in a 45-day training session between 5 December 2015 and 15 January 2016. The government partnered with two organisations to provide complementary trainings to civil servants. Some of the training was held at the new academy, and some took place in Germany and France. On 19 and 20 October 2015, ten civil servants attended a training seminar about open data that was organised with the OECD. In November 2015, ten civil servants from the Presidency of the Government attended a training seminar about the fight against corruption, in partnership with the French National School of Administration (ENA).

       Commitment 12: On 3 November 2015, the Academy officially launched its operations. The first class to attend was awarded graduation certificates in December 2016. This first group had worked on transparency of calls for tenders in the health sector.

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

Civic participation: Did not change

Public Accountability: Did not change

At the time of the end-of-term assessment, there were no clear indicators of change in government behaviour because of the implementation of these two commiments. M. Karim Bani from the Presidency of the Government,[Note 41: Interview with M. Karim Bani, 25 October 2016.] who was reponsible for the training of civil servants, stated that the concrete effects on the administration’s practices would require “at least some months or years.” A leading watchdog organisation, I-Watch, noted that, because the academy itself had no clear indicators to follow up on its goals, civil society could not monitor the training effects. I-Watch, therefore, believes that the training alone will not sufficiently improve public administration practices, at least in the short term.

Carried forward?

This commitment is complete and has not been carried forward. However, there is a similar commitment in the second action plan which seeks to develop a practical guide on the principles of open government at the local level (commitment 4).[Note 42: OGP, Tunisia National Action Plan 2016-2018, pg. 12, See: https://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/tunisia/assessment.] To improve the quality and effectiveness of the Academy, regional chapters could be established for public servants to benefit from the training programs. Another recommendation would be to create an Academy board to involve and consult with CSOs to monitor the program and make recommendations.


Tunisia's Commitments

  1. right to information

    TN0036, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. open data framework

    TN0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Access to geographic information

    TN0038, 2018, E-Government

  4. open transport data

    TN0039, 2018, E-Government

  5. Improve water resource governance

    TN0040, 2018, E-Government

  6. Join EITI

    TN0041, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. open contracting in hydrocarbons

    TN0042, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. anti-corruption framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  9. participatory budgeting

    TN0044, 2018, Audits and Controls

  10. youth participation

    TN0045, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  11. Implement initiatives to apply the OGP at the local level

    TN0046, 2018, E-Government

  12. online administrative services

    TN0047, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. access to civil service

    TN0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Joining the extractive industries transparency initiative "EITI"

    TN0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Modernizing the regulatory framework to enforce the Right to Access to Information

    TN0022, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. The completion of the legal and regulatory framework of open data at the national level

    TN0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Improve the transparency and local Gov Openness

    TN0024, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Enhance the transparency in the cultural sector : “open culture”

    TN0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Enhance the transparency in the environment and sustainable development sector

    TN0026, 2016, Aid

  20. Enhancing transparency in the transport sector

    TN0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Promoting financial and fiscal transparency

    TN0028, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  22. Elaborating a legal framework for citizen’s petitions

    TN0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Developing an integrated electronic civil petition and corruption reporting platform

    TN0030, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  24. Developing new mechanisms to promote interaction with the youth and enable them to pursue dialogue about public policies

    TN0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Adopting the corporate governance referential on the sectoral level

    TN0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Developing mobile applications which could be downloaded on the mobile phone to reinforce transparency of government activities and participatory approach

    TN0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Enhancing access to the archive

    TN0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. The development of an electronic mechanism to ensure transparency of Public Servants recruitment

    TN0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  29. strengthening legal framework for corruption fight

    TN0001, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  30. Developing an integrated electronic civil petition and corruption reporting platform

    TN0002, 2014, E-Government

  31. Publishing an annual report on audit activities in public sector

    TN0003, 2014, Audits and Controls

  32. Review of the legal framework of personal data protection and ensuring conformity with article 24 of Tunisian constitution

    TN0004, 2014, Human Rights

  33. Developing an Open Data Portal

    TN0005, 2014, Infrastructure & Transport

  34. Preparing a national corporate governance repository

    TN0006, 2014, E-Government

  35. Establishing a legal framework that regulates communication and interaction within public sector and between public structures and citizens with usage of ICT

    TN0007, 2014, E-Government

  36. Simplifying administrative procedures

    TN0008, 2014, E-Government

  37. Develop a number of administrative services on-line

    TN0009, 2014, E-Government

  38. Enhancing people participation in the decision-making process

    TN0010, 2014, E-Government

  39. Capacity-building of civil servants and citizens in the area of open governance

    TN0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  40. Creation of a structure specialized in training in the governance area

    TN0012, 2014, Capacity Building

  41. publication of budget reports

    TN0013, 2014, Audits and Controls

  42. Development of the open budget system

    TN0014, 2014, Fiscal Transparency

  43. Use of the data extracted from the application dedicated to budget management (ADEB) in public sector

    TN0015, 2014, E-Government

  44. publication of reports related to attribution and execution of public procurement and audit results

    TN0016, 2014, Audits and Controls

  45. publication of recommandations included in audit reports of public procurement

    TN0017, 2014, Audits and Controls

  46. Development of an "Open Data" platform dedicated to information dealing with oil and mine sector investment

    TN0018, 2014, Extractive Industries

  47. Improve transparency in the area of infrastructure projects

    TN0019, 2014, Infrastructure & Transport

  48. Devoting transparency in the environment field

    TN0020, 2014, E-Government