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Online Platform for Executive Bodies and CSOs (UA0082)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Ukraine Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: SCMU State e-Government Agency

Support Institution(s): E-Governance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) Program, International NGO “European Media Platform,” other CSOs and international organizations (upon their consent)

Policy Areas

Civic Space, E-Government

IRM Review

IRM Report: Ukraine Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Setting up a unified online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs As Ukraine sees incremental development of a civil society, the main civil society actors (NGOs, charities, creative unions, etc.) aim to represent socially important interests in their interaction with the CMU. Moreover, the CSOs and various groups of citizens are stakeholders that the executive bodies should consult with during the decision-making. At the same time, the CSOs’ and citizens’ awareness of the tools to interact with executive bodies remains suboptimal. In particular, according to Civic Engagement survey conducted by GfK survey company and commissioned by international organization Pact Inc., as few as 21% citizens are savvy on the issues related to the discussion of draft laws of civic engagement in the advisory bodies of public authorities. Expert survey of the CSO representatives “Ukrainian Civil Society 2017: Challenges and Perspectives” conducted by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation proves that only 23.4% respondents mention civic discussions as the most efficient tools for civil society to influence on the authorities, while participation in civic councils and other advisory bodies of public authorities was only mentioned by 18.4% respondents. Some of the critical problems are that the information on possible ways of interaction between the CSOs and executive bodies is dispersed, and convenient tools for such engagement through one-stop-shop approach and based on unified approach are lacking. Actions Responsible Timeframe Partners Indicator 1. Determining requirements to an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs SCMU State e-Government Agency December 2018 – May 2019 E-Governance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) Program, International NGO “European Media Platform,” other CSOs and international organizations (upon their consent) ToR developed 2. Developing an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs -//- January – May 2019 -//- Design layout and software developed; Texts, photo and video content produced, software installed at 23 the CMU Secretariat servers 3. Beta testing of an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs SCMU State e-Government Agency June – October 2019 E-Governance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) Program, International NGO “European Media Platform,” other CSOs and international organizations (upon their consent) Online platform put on beta testing; Online platform streamlined based on the beta testing findings and feedback from the CSOs; training to platform administrators provided 4. Putting an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs into operation -//- November 2019 – August 2020 -//- Adequate operation of all services of an online platform and the use of an online platform by executive authorities ensured Expected results of this activity are raising awareness of the citizens and CSOs on the ways to interact with the public authorities, including public consultations, participation in consultations; accumulation of information on the OGP implementation on a unified resource.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

13. Introduce an online platform for civil society-authorities interaction

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan: [111] Setting up a unified online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs

As Ukraine sees incremental development of a civil society, the main civil society actors (NGOs, charities, creative unions, etc.) aim to represent socially important interests in their interaction with the CMU. Moreover, the CSOs and various groups of citizens are stakeholders that the executive bodies should consult with during the decision-making.

At the same time, the CSOs’ and citizens’ awareness of the tools to interact with executive bodies remains suboptimal. In particular, according to Civic Engagement survey conducted by GfK survey company and commissioned by international organization Pact Inc., as few as 21% citizens are savvy on the issues related to the discussion of draft laws of civic engagement in the advisory bodies of public authorities. Expert survey of the CSO representatives “Ukrainian Civil Society 2017: Challenges and Perspectives” conducted by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation proves that only 23.4% respondents mention civic discussions as the most efficient tools for civil society to influence on the authorities, while participation in civic councils and other advisory bodies of public authorities was only mentioned by 18.4% respondents.

Some of the critical problems are that the information on possible ways of interaction between the CSOs and executive bodies is dispersed, and convenient tools for such engagement through one-stop-shop approach and based on unified approach are lacking.

Milestones:

  1. Determining requirements to an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs
  2. Developing an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs
  3. Beta testing of an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs
  4. Putting an online platform for interaction between executive bodies and the CSOs into operation

Start Date: December 2018                                                                  End Date: August 2020

Context and objectives

Both authorities and civil society agree that their communication lacks a unified approach and convenient tools for engagement. [112] Central authorities usually provide only an email address for online feedback, thereby limiting discussion. [113]

With this commitment, the government plans to create a unified online platform for interaction between executive bodies and CSOs. The commitment includes specific steps to launch the platform, making it verifiable. As the e-platform implies both informing and a public-private deliberation online, it is relevant to OGP values of access to information, civic participation, as well as technology and innovation.

The government previously had a website for informing and consulting with civil society, [114] but that site was taken down by a hacker attack, and it also had several flaws. CMU has also attempted to use social media, with limited success, [115] and has an e-petition platform. [116] However, for the period of August 2016–March 2019 it displayed only five official answers to e-petitions that had received 25,000 signatures (which is the minimum threshold to require the government to respond). [117] This commitment would create yet another IT tool without solving the underlying challenges. The commitment text does not provide clarity of how the new platform will be different from the previous one. While the government foresees that this undertaking will improve interaction between civil society and authorities, [118] based on the available description of the foreseen platform, the potential impact of this commitment is minor.

Next steps

The introduction of new online tools for improving interaction between civil society and government should be accompanied by in-depth analysis of how this tool would add value to the existing resources, its specific objectives, and how its effectiveness will be measured. In addition, the government needs to keep track of officials’ responsiveness to input from civil society. Only numerous cases of civic involvement and authorities’ dedicated response can enhance the practice of citizen-authority interaction.

[112] “The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Decree on 18 December 2018 #1088-p” on The Government Portal, The Unified Web-portal of Executive Authorities of Ukraine (Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Secretariat, 18 Dec. 2018), https://www.kmu.gov.ua/storage/app/media/17-civik-2018/partnerstvo/plan_2018%20-%202020.pdf.
[113] Natalia Oksha (SCMU), interview by IRM researcher, 18 Feb. 2019.
[114] Civil Society and Authorities: Governmental Website, (link no longer accessible as of 25 April 2018) http://civic.kmu.gov.ua/.
[115] “OGP Ukraine” (Facebook, accessed Dec. 2019), https://www.facebook.com/ogpUkraine/.
[116] “Electronic petitions” (The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Dec. 2019), https://petition.kmu.gov.ua/.
[117] “Petitions with Answers” (The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Dec. 2019), https://petition.kmu.gov.ua/kmu/petition/consider/all.
[118] “The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Decree on 18 December 2018 #1088-p” (Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Secretariat).

Commitments

  1. Infrastructure Data Portal

    UA0070, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  2. Open Standard for e-System

    UA0071, 2018, E-Government

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

    UA0072, 2018, E-Government

  4. Transparency in Public Procurement (Prozorro)

    UA0073, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  5. Awarenss Raising About Social and Economic Development

    UA0074, 2018, Aid

  6. e-Calls for Proposals to Support CSOs

    UA0075, 2018, Civic Space

  7. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    UA0076, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  8. Anti-Corruption Training

    UA0077, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  9. Publishing Environmental Information

    UA0078, 2018, E-Government

  10. Database of Natural Resources

    UA0079, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  11. Interactive Map of Mines

    UA0080, 2018, E-Government

  12. Priority Electronic Services

    UA0081, 2018, Citizenship & Immigration

  13. Online Platform for Executive Bodies and CSOs

    UA0082, 2018, Civic Space

  14. EITI Online Data

    UA0083, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  15. Electronic Resources for Education

    UA0084, 2018, E-Government

  16. Online Verification of Education Certificates

    UA0085, 2018, E-Government

  17. Free Access to National Repository for Academic Texts

    UA0086, 2018, E-Government

  18. Administrative Service Decentrilisation and Improvement

    UA0057, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    UA0058, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. System for Entities Performing Government Functions

    UA0059, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  21. Free Urban Planning Documentation

    UA0060, 2016, E-Government

  22. Beneficial Ownership Verification System

    UA0061, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  23. CoST Beneficial Ownership Standards

    UA0062, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  24. Transpartent Budget System

    UA0063, 2016,

  25. Starred commitment Open Public Procurement

    UA0064, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  26. Starred commitment Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    UA0065, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  27. Environmental Public Monitoring

    UA0066, 2016, Environment and Climate

  28. Community Policing System

    UA0067, 2016, Education

  29. Draft Law on Public Consultations

    UA0068, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  30. Development of E-Democracy.

    UA0069, 2016, E-petitions

  31. Improve Government Rules on CSO Involvement

    UA0031, 2014, E-Government

  32. Financing of Charities

    UA0032, 2014, Civic Space

  33. Not-For-Profit Status for CSOs

    UA0033, 2014, Civic Space

  34. Public Participation Law

    UA0034, 2014, E-Government

  35. Establishing Rules on Processing Official Information

    UA0035, 2014, E-Government

  36. Access to Urban Planning Documents

    UA0036, 2014, E-Government

  37. Starred commitment Access to Communist-Era Archives

    UA0037, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  38. Starred commitment Draft Law on Open Data

    UA0038, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  39. Starred commitment Supervisory Mechanism for the Right to Information

    UA0039, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  40. Compliance with EITI

    UA0040, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  41. Monitoring of Infrastructure Projects

    UA0041, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  42. Adopt Regional Anti-Corruption Programmes

    UA0042, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  43. Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology

    UA0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  44. Starred commitment Asset Disclosure on a Single Web Portal

    UA0044, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  45. Law on Administrative Procedure

    UA0045, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  46. Law on Streamlining Payment of Administrative Fees

    UA0046, 2014, E-Government

  47. Administrative Services Portal

    UA0047, 2014, E-Government

  48. Draft Law on Decentralisation of Administrative Services

    UA0048, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  49. Draft Law on Social Services

    UA0049, 2014, E-Government

  50. e-Government Laws

    UA0050, 2014, E-Government

  51. Electronic Readiness Assessment

    UA0051, 2014, E-Government

  52. Government Regulations on Open Data

    UA0052, 2014, E-Government

  53. Electronic Democracy Development Roadmap

    UA0053, 2014, E-Government

  54. Open Budget Initiatives

    UA0054, 2014, E-Government

  55. e-Petitions

    UA0055, 2014, E-Government

  56. e-Governance Training for Local Government

    UA0056, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Laws on Public Participation

    UA0001, 2012, Civic Space

  58. Amendments to the Law on Community Associations

    UA0002, 2012, Civic Space

  59. Amendments to Resolutions on Collaboration with Civil Society

    UA0003, 2012, E-Government

  60. Training for Public Servants on Consultations

    UA0004, 2012, Capacity Building

  61. Harmonisation of Access to Information Laws

    UA0005, 2012, E-Government

  62. By-Laws on Access to Information

    UA0006, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  63. Guidelines for Classifying Data

    UA0007, 2012, Public Participation

  64. Public Information Recording Systems

    UA0008, 2012,

  65. Law on Public Broadcasting

    UA0009, 2012, Civic Space

  66. Public Access to Information in State Registers

    UA0010, 2012, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    UA0011, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  68. Law for Controlling Declarations of Public Servants

    UA0012, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  69. Public Declarations of Officials’ Assets

    UA0013, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  70. Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest

    UA0014, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  71. Updated Anti-Corruption Laws

    UA0015, 2012, E-Government

  72. Regional Anti-Corruption Programmes

    UA0016, 2012, E-Government

  73. Law on Competitive e-Government Procurement

    UA0017, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  74. Starred commitment Administrative Services Reforms

    UA0018, 2012, E-Government

  75. Electronic Access to Administrative Services

    UA0019, 2012, E-Government

  76. Governmental Web Portal of Administrative Services

    UA0020, 2012, E-Government

  77. Administrative Services in a Digital Format

    UA0021, 2012,

  78. Starred commitment Regional Administrative Service Centres

    UA0022, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  79. Programme for Promotion of e-Government

    UA0023, 2012, E-Government

  80. Electronic Collaboration Between Executive Agencies

    UA0024, 2012,

  81. Web-Based Petitions System

    UA0025, 2012, E-petitions

  82. One Stop Shop for e-Reporting

    UA0026, 2012, E-Government

  83. e-Region Pilot Project

    UA0027, 2012, E-Government

  84. Network of e-Government Practitioners

    UA0028, 2012, Public Participation

  85. Public Libraries as Bridges Towards e-Governance

    UA0029, 2012, E-Government

  86. e-Government Knowledge Management Portal

    UA0030, 2012,

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