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16 International transparency and citizen participation

Supporting the implementation of the principles of transparency and citizen participation at the international level
Lead institution(s):
Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Agence française de développement (AFD)
Other stakeholders:
Expertise France, French Agency for Media Cooperation (CFI
New commitment
OGP principles with which the commitment is associated:
Access to information, participation, accountability, innovation and technology at the service of openness
One of France’s objectives as co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) was to extend the partnership to new countries, French-speaking countries in particular. OGP membership is both an acknowledgment of countries’ efforts to foster greater transparency and a commitment to continuing to promote openness, with and for the population.
Becoming a member of the OGP also means joining a global network of public-action reformers that have already tested out a range of innovative reforms and tools affecting all areas of public life and sustainable development, including public officials’ integrity, countering corruption, ecological transition and citizen participation. Each member benefits from and contributes to an ongoing dynamic of exchange between peers.
The OGP takes on special importance in such States as Tunisia and Burkina Faso, which have recently undergone major democratic transitions and whose citizens are demanding the right to participate in public life.
Support the French-speaking countries in implementation of the principles of transparency in public action and citizen participation
The Agence française de développement (AFD) has launched the Projet d’Appui aux Gouvernements Ouverts dans les Pays en Développement Francophones (PAGOF – Project on Open Governments in French-speaking Developing Countries). The project aims to improve governance in several French-speaking countries that are OGP members or nearing eligibility for membership, by assisting them in implementing institutional procedures and frameworks for consultations that comply with Open Government principles.
The project has been granted a €4.5-million subsidy and will assist French-speaking countries in two ways:
Extending administrations’ and civil society’s capacities (NGOs, associations, media, digital community, etc.) in target countries, through sharing knowhow, funding external expertise, networking players and building on successful experiments.
Expertise France and Canal France International (CFI) will be the expert operators responsible for implementing this part of the project, for a total of 3.5 million euros.
The AFD’s participation in the Multi-Donor Trust Fund set up in the context of the OGP and managed by the World Bank. The fund will be used to finance projects and technological assistance enabling implementation of Open Government reforms in OGP member countries, accompany countries that do not yet meet the criteria for OGP membership, and support research on Open Government. This part of the project has been allocated 1 million euros.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is supplementing this financial support to innovative projects on transparency with an “innovative digital solution” prize. Awarded in partnership with Transparency International, the prize is meant to reward three projects bearing on opening of data or digital solutions that facilitate interaction between the Government and citizens or help combat corruption. It will encourage emergence of digital tools in support of democratic governance as well as make best use of and motivate the network of French- speaking “civic tech” players to collect and disseminate best practices. The prize is set to be awarded every other year.
1The road map in detail

Provide technical and financial support, via the PAGOF, to achievement of OGP member countries’ National Action Plans (Tunisia, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast) and network countries intending to join the OGP December 2017 to December 2020
Participate in the OGP’s Multi-Donor Fund through the PAGOF, funding projects enabling better implementation of Open Government principles, in particular in countries that have just become eligible for OGP membership, and research projects on open government December 2017 to December 2020
Perpetuate the “innovative digital solution” prize rewarding 3 projects on countering corruption to the tune of 10,000 euros per project, and monitor their implementation (first edition in 2017) September 2017 to December 2020