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Ukraine

Development of E-Democracy. (UA0069)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Ukraine Third National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: State Agency for E-governance, other executive agencies.

Support Institution(s): EGAP Programme, Centre for Innovations Development at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the non-governmental organisations Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, e-democracy, and Eidos Centre for Political Studies and Analysis, other civil society institutions and international organisations (by consent).

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption, E-petitions, Political Integrity, Public Participation, Regulatory Governance

IRM Review

IRM Report: Ukraine End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Ukraine Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Major Major

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Event: Development of e-democracy.; Implementation timeframe: 2017; Entities responsible: State Agency for E-governance, other executive agencies.; Partners: EGAP Programme, Centre for Innovations Development at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the non-governmental organisations Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, e-democracy, and Eidos Centre for Political Studies and Analysis, other civil society institutions and international organisations (by consent).; Expected results: Ensuring the: Development of the Conceptual design for the development of e-democracy and submission in accordance with established procedures for consideration by the Government (May 2017). Development of the action plan for for the development of e-democracy and submission in accordance with established procedures for consideration by the Government (November 2017).

IRM End of Term Status Summary

13. Elaborate e-democracy roadmap

Commitment Text:

Development of e-democracy

Expected results: Development of the Conceptual design for the development of e-democracy and submission in accordance with established procedures for consideration by the Government (May 2017). Development of the action plan for the development of e-democracy and submission in accordance with established procedures for consideration by the Government (November 2017).

Responsible institution: State Agency for E-governance.

Supporting institutions: EGAP Program, Center for Innovations Development at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the non-governmental organizations Center of Policy and Legal Reform, e-democracy, and Eidos Center for Political Studies and Analysis, other civil society institutions and international organizations (by consent).

Start date: December 2016..                                     End date: August 2018

Commitment Aim:

This commitment aims to produce a conceptual design for the development of e-democracy (The Concept Paper) and submit it for consideration by the government. The commitment would also produce an action plan for the development of e-democracy. And it would result in the submission of that plan in accordance with established procedures for consideration by the government.

Status

Midterm: Complete

A multi-stakeholder coalition developed the concept paper and the action plan. This coalition consisted of civil society, nongovernmental organizations, international donors, representatives from academic institutions, and public service sector representatives, including the State Agency for E-Governance. The coalition submitted the concept paper and action plan to the Cabinet of Ministers for revision and further approval on 22 May 2017. [232] For further information, please see “Ukraine Mid-Term Report 2016–2018.” [233]

The government approved the e-democracy roadmap on 8 November 2017. [234] The approval allowed the coalition members to start implementing plan directives in 2018. [235] Since January 2018, the State Agency for E-Governance and the multi-stakeholder coalition have executed the action plan by engaging in projects that aim to facilitate the development of e-democracy in Ukraine. According to a civil society expert from the E-Governance and Accountability for Participation (EGAP) Program who actively participated in coalition activities from the beginning, coalition members felt a responsibility to actively execute the action plan because they had formally committed to the coalition and treated each other as equal partners. [236] Some policy changes resulted from the e-democracy commitment. The government made adjustments to the normative-legal act on “Citizens’ Appeal” to regulate the processing of electronic petitions on local levels. This report discusses more examples of the results associated with the e-democracy commitment in the following section.

Did It Open Government?

Civic Participation: Major

Before the implementation of this action plan, no consolidated government policy existed regarding the support of digital democracy in the country. All the existing initiatives were uncoordinated and depended on the goodwill of individual officials and politicians. The e-democracy roadmap established a common framework, opened new ways of engagement and cooperation between members of civic society, and instituted clear priorities. The creation and operation of the multi-stakeholder coalition established an inclusive and collaborative framework for authority–civil society interaction. As all coalition members had an equal voice during the drafting of the concept paper and the action plan, there was a substantial level of public influence. This approach has been sustained in the subsequent government practice of and inclusive and collaborative policy making in the domain of digital democracy.

A prominent example of cooperation between the coalition members on the action plan implementation is the project carried out with the State Statistics Service of Ukraine [237] (SSSU). SSSU intended to create a report about the development of e-democracy at local levels throughout the country. For that aim, it required a methodology. SSSU requested a methodological input from the State Agency for E-Governance. The latter, in turn, requested information from coalition members, who provided a detailed set of indicators for evaluating the advance of e-democracy. These indicators are expected to be used by SSSU for annual measurement. This stands as an unprecedented case of the direct involvement of civil society in drafting the policy of statistical indicators on e-participation. Another model engagement of civil society in the development of e-democracy is the national competition Open Data Challenge. [238] The competition attracted 190 information-technology projects that use open access data for grassroots activism and collaboration with authorities. Projects covered digital health, infrastructure, agriculture, legal technology, and ecology, among other topics. This competition embodied multi-stakeholder (uniting authorities, business, and the non-governmental sector) support of open data for online participation.

Carried Forward?

When this report was written (September 2018), the commitment had been fully completed in terms of development of the e-democracy concept paper and action plan. [239] The next steps should focus on finishing the implementation of the current action plan, evaluating its effectiveness [240] and feasibility, and finally, developing a new action plan for the next two years. [241]

[232] “Ukraine Mid-Term Report 2016–2018,” Open Government Partnership, accessed 15 September 2018, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/ukraine-mid-term-report-2016-2018-year-1/.

[233] Ibid.

[234] “The Government Approves the E-democracy Concept Paper and the Action Plan (2017),” State Agency for E-Governance, accessed 13 September 2018, https://www.e.gov.ua/content/uryad-shvalyv-koncepciyu-rozvytku-elektronnoyi-demokratiyi-ta-plan-zahodiv-z-yiyi.

[235] Serhiy Karelin (EGAP), interview with junior researcher, 13 September 2018.

[236] Ibid.

[237] Ibid.

[238] Open Data Challenge, https://odc.in.ua/.

[239] Valeriya Tkach (State Agency for E-Governance), email exchange with junior researcher, 15 September 2018.

[240] Ibid.

[241] Serhiy Karelin (EGAP), interview with junior researcher, 13 September 2018.


Commitments

  1. Expand budget transparency system

    UA0087, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  2. Transparency of public assets

    UA0088, 2020, Access to Information

  3. Create general education distance learning system

    UA0089, 2020, E-Government

  4. Open Science

    UA0090, 2020, Access to Information

  5. Online platform for patents and innovation

    UA0091, 2020, Capacity Building

  6. Audit of beneficial ownership register

    UA0092, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  7. Expand uses for e-democracy platform

    UA0093, 2020, Access to Information

  8. Electronic system for transparency in extractive industries

    UA0094, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  9. Establish National Centre for Open Data Competence

    UA0095, 2020, Access to Information

  10. Digital accessibility for persons with disabilities

    UA0096, 2020, E-Government

  11. Increasing youth participation in policy

    UA0097, 2020, Capacity Building

  12. Publish information related to road system

    UA0098, 2020, E-Government

  13. Register for infrastructure contract information

    UA0099, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  14. Publish gender-disaggregated open data

    UA0100, 2020, Access to Information

  15. Infrastructure Data Portal

    UA0070, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  16. Open Standard for e-System

    UA0071, 2018, E-Government

  17. Ensuring Openness and Transparency of Selling Public Assets and Property

    UA0072, 2018, E-Government

  18. Transparency in Public Procurement (Prozorro)

    UA0073, 2018, Access to Information

  19. Awarenss Raising About Social and Economic Development

    UA0074, 2018, Aid

  20. e-Calls for Proposals to Support CSOs

    UA0075, 2018, Civic Space

  21. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    UA0076, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  22. Anti-Corruption Training

    UA0077, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  23. Publishing Environmental Information

    UA0078, 2018, E-Government

  24. Database of Natural Resources

    UA0079, 2018, Access to Information

  25. Interactive Map of Mines

    UA0080, 2018, E-Government

  26. Priority Electronic Services

    UA0081, 2018, Citizenship & Immigration

  27. Online Platform for Executive Bodies and CSOs

    UA0082, 2018, Civic Space

  28. EITI Online Data

    UA0083, 2018, Access to Information

  29. Electronic Resources for Education

    UA0084, 2018, Access to Information

  30. Online Verification of Education Certificates

    UA0085, 2018, E-Government

  31. Free Access to National Repository for Academic Texts

    UA0086, 2018, E-Government

  32. Administrative Service Decentrilisation and Improvement

    UA0057, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. United State Portal Extension; Electronic Government Information Services Unification; Modern Tools for Electronic Identification

    UA0058, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. System for Entities Performing Government Functions

    UA0059, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  35. Free Urban Planning Documentation

    UA0060, 2016, E-Government

  36. Beneficial Ownership Verification System

    UA0061, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  37. CoST Beneficial Ownership Standards

    UA0062, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  38. Transpartent Budget System

    UA0063, 2016,

  39. Starred commitment Open Public Procurement

    UA0064, 2016, Access to Information

  40. Starred commitment Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    UA0065, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  41. Environmental Public Monitoring

    UA0066, 2016, Access to Information

  42. Community Policing System

    UA0067, 2016, Education

  43. Draft Law on Public Consultations

    UA0068, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  44. Development of E-Democracy.

    UA0069, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  45. Improve Government Rules on CSO Involvement

    UA0031, 2014, E-Government

  46. Financing of Charities

    UA0032, 2014, Civic Space

  47. Not-For-Profit Status for CSOs

    UA0033, 2014, Civic Space

  48. Public Participation Law

    UA0034, 2014, E-Government

  49. Establishing Rules on Processing Official Information

    UA0035, 2014, Access to Information

  50. Access to Urban Planning Documents

    UA0036, 2014, E-Government

  51. Starred commitment Access to Communist-Era Archives

    UA0037, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  52. Starred commitment Draft Law on Open Data

    UA0038, 2014, Access to Information

  53. Starred commitment Supervisory Mechanism for the Right to Information

    UA0039, 2014, Access to Information

  54. Compliance with EITI

    UA0040, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  55. Monitoring of Infrastructure Projects

    UA0041, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  56. Adopt Regional Anti-Corruption Programmes

    UA0042, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  57. Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology

    UA0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  58. Starred commitment Asset Disclosure on a Single Web Portal

    UA0044, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  59. Law on Administrative Procedure

    UA0045, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  60. Law on Streamlining Payment of Administrative Fees

    UA0046, 2014, E-Government

  61. Administrative Services Portal

    UA0047, 2014, Access to Information

  62. Draft Law on Decentralisation of Administrative Services

    UA0048, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  63. Draft Law on Social Services

    UA0049, 2014, E-Government

  64. e-Government Laws

    UA0050, 2014, E-Government

  65. Electronic Readiness Assessment

    UA0051, 2014, E-Government

  66. Government Regulations on Open Data

    UA0052, 2014, Access to Information

  67. Electronic Democracy Development Roadmap

    UA0053, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  68. Open Budget Initiatives

    UA0054, 2014, Access to Information

  69. e-Petitions

    UA0055, 2014, Access to Justice

  70. e-Governance Training for Local Government

    UA0056, 2014, Capacity Building

  71. Laws on Public Participation

    UA0001, 2012, Civic Space

  72. Amendments to the Law on Community Associations

    UA0002, 2012, Civic Space

  73. Amendments to Resolutions on Collaboration with Civil Society

    UA0003, 2012, E-Government

  74. Training for Public Servants on Consultations

    UA0004, 2012, Capacity Building

  75. Harmonisation of Access to Information Laws

    UA0005, 2012, Access to Information

  76. By-Laws on Access to Information

    UA0006, 2012, Access to Information

  77. Guidelines for Classifying Data

    UA0007, 2012, Public Participation

  78. Public Information Recording Systems

    UA0008, 2012,

  79. Law on Public Broadcasting

    UA0009, 2012, Civic Space

  80. Public Access to Information in State Registers

    UA0010, 2012, E-Government

  81. Starred commitment Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    UA0011, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  82. Law for Controlling Declarations of Public Servants

    UA0012, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  83. Public Declarations of Officials’ Assets

    UA0013, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  84. Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest

    UA0014, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  85. Updated Anti-Corruption Laws

    UA0015, 2012, E-Government

  86. Regional Anti-Corruption Programmes

    UA0016, 2012, E-Government

  87. Law on Competitive e-Government Procurement

    UA0017, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  88. Starred commitment Administrative Services Reforms

    UA0018, 2012, E-Government

  89. Electronic Access to Administrative Services

    UA0019, 2012, E-Government

  90. Governmental Web Portal of Administrative Services

    UA0020, 2012, E-Government

  91. Administrative Services in a Digital Format

    UA0021, 2012,

  92. Starred commitment Regional Administrative Service Centres

    UA0022, 2012,

  93. Programme for Promotion of e-Government

    UA0023, 2012, E-Government

  94. Electronic Collaboration Between Executive Agencies

    UA0024, 2012,

  95. Web-Based Petitions System

    UA0025, 2012, E-petitions

  96. One Stop Shop for e-Reporting

    UA0026, 2012, E-Government

  97. e-Region Pilot Project

    UA0027, 2012, E-Government

  98. Network of e-Government Practitioners

    UA0028, 2012, Public Participation

  99. Public Libraries as Bridges Towards e-Governance

    UA0029, 2012, E-Government

  100. e-Government Knowledge Management Portal

    UA0030, 2012,

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