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Tunisia

right to information (TN0036)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Tunisia Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Access to Information Authority. General directorate of reforms and prospective administrative studies at the Presidency of the Government. National Agency for computer Security.

Support Institution(s): CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups - Democracy Reporting International “DRI”; - Tunisian Association of Public Auditors, - Article 19 organization; - Tunisian Association of Local Governance.

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Legislation & Regulation, Right to Information, Sustainable Development Goals

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

Strengthen the right of access to information
Beginning of October 2018 – End of August 2020
Lead implementing agency/actor
- Access to Information Authority.
- General directorate of reforms and prospective administrative
studies at the Presidency of the Government.
- National Agency for computer Security.
Commitment description
Enforcing the right of access to information according the organic law provisions on the right of access to informa- tion requires several practical procedures within the administration in order to instill a new culture based on open- ness and information sharing. Therefore, this commitment aims to outline a number of procedures aimed at manag- ing the change brought up by the implementation of the access to information law through implementing the follow- ing actions:
- Setting up guidelines on access to information for civil servants and public institutions and all entities governed by the provisions of the organic law No. 22, as well as for the benefit of citizens and civil society organizations;
- Establishing a coordination working group between the Access to Information Authority and civil society,which will coordinate the shared actions and activities in the area of applying the right of access to information;
- Capacity building on access to information through the establishment of training programs that will be implemented throughout the whole action plan and will include various categories of civil servants and public institutions subject to the related law;
- Preparing a draft assessment report for Tunisia regarding the implementation of the Goal No. 16.10.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the promotion of access to information in Tunisia.
- Establishing common rules for the classification of administrative data.
Problem/Background
Limited culture of openness, information sharing and dissemination within the administration as well as the weak knowledge of the related law which led in turn to limit proactive information dissemination, in addition to problems faced regarding responding to access to information requests within deadlines and according to quality standards
Expected results
Enhance transparency and apply the right of access to information as follows:
• Raise awareness among officials within all public institutions on the
importance of engaging with this transparency process and proving
access to information and its expected positive benefits;
• Capacity building for civil servants, especially those in charge of
access to information and other actors involved in the process of responding to access requests, by providing the necessary skills to enable them to carry out their duties properly.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
- Anchoring a new culture within the administration based on openess and cooperation principles;
- Existence of competencies within the administration able to execute the related law to apply the right of access to information.
Relevance with OGP values
Transparency: this commitment will enable more information dissemina- tion, improve the quality of the access to information process, and assist the work of those in charge of access to information, whether through facilitating their relationship with information producers within their institutions, or with the information seeker.
Source of funding/
Relation with other programs and policies
- Source of funding: World Bank/Organization for Economic Cooper- ation and Development (OECD)/UNESCO/Frensh development agency (AFD) Steps and execution agenda
Beginning of October 2018
End of October 2018
Contact Information
Name of the responsible person from implementing agency
1. Mr. Imed Hazgui
2. Mrs. Olfa Souli
3. Mr. Naoufel Frikha
Title and Department
1. President of the Access to information Authority
2. General Manager of the Directorate of reforms and prospective
administrative studies,
3. General Manager of the National Agency of Cybersecurity
E-mail address
1. Imed.hazgui.ih@gmail.com
2. Olfa.souli@pm.gov.tn
3. naoufel.frikha@ansi.tn

Other Actors involved
State actors involved
CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups
- Democracy Reporting International “DRI”;
- Tunisian Association of Public Auditors,
- Article 19 organization;
- Tunisian Association of Local


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