Transperency and open data 2018-07-18T15:21:27+00:00

TRANSPARENCY AND OPEN DATA

Transparency, access to information and open public sector data are widely accepted as powerful tools to fight corruption.

They may become a “catalyst” for multiple achievements, and lead to increased public accountability, good governance and strengthened social oversight and public debate.

Thus, publishing information about what local government does allows stakeholders, including civil society to monitor a wide range of local government activities (i.e. awarding of public contracts, spending of public money, performance in public service delivery, etc), decisions and expenditures.

Furthermore, open data can indeed provide a platform to increase social participation and enhance co-responsibility in areas such as public procurement, officials’ integrity, fiscal and budget transparency, urban and rural planning and land use, service delivery, as well as, broader public policy and decision making.

RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

  • Further to the applicable regulatory and strategic framework and available experience and technological infrastructure, build a policy and institutional environment that favours the development and implementation of open government data initiatives.

  • Adopt and implement a forward-looking open data strategy/plan, based on an internal survey and inventory of the available databases to set targets and priorities, in a specific timeframe, to ensure the availability of databases in an open format.

  • Allocate strategic and technical responsibilities regarding development, implementation and coordination of open data projects in the local government.

  • Nominate a contact/resource point to coordinate and align with the relevant national and regional open government policies and initiatives, as well as to collaborate with other public sector entities to set common goals and standards for data and to ensure interoperability across public sector institutions.

  • Systematically encourage a culture of openness; build and strengthen institutional capacities for data management inside the local government (through training and awareness programs, tools, guidelines and communication strategies).

  • Promote awareness across local governments to sensitize officials to the potential value of open government data disclosure for policy and institutional objectives, including anti-corruption.

  • Collaborate with public sector, social and private partners (through working groups, consultations with private sector and civil society organisations) to discuss the platforms’ design. Allow a closer relationship between data users and local government from the initial steps of designing open data projects to improve opportunities for greater data re-use.

  • Consider introducing a transparent, two-way public feedback mechanism where users can provide comments and make proposals to ensure the quality of the data is improved as needed.

  • Through an institutional portal, make available online institutional data, as well as relevant data on regulations, including draft and enacted regulations and strategic documents, institutional reporting, etc.

  • In line with the relevant legal requirements, proactively make available as open data declarations of assets of officials under duty to declare.

  • Put in place on-line public procurement platform and make available for public access information on public tenders and public contracting and grants to better manage public procurement systems; and, shed light on public procurement processes and public-private arrangements.

  • Through open budget initiatives, make available online as a public data information on budgeting, monitoring and reporting, including budget planning and execution and audit reports.

  • Make available online as a public data information on subsidies and public properties, including social housing; cadastre and registration information; licensing and permits, information regarding access to information requests, etc.

  • Deploy various tools (i.e. data visualisation, data skills’ development seminars) to make open data user ‘friendly’ and accessible.

GUIDE TO CORRUPTION-FREE LOCAL GOVERNMENT