Strengthening Open government Partnership in Kenya: The Launch of National Action Plan III

Strengthening Open government Partnership in Kenya: The Launch of National Action Plan III

Download NAP III It has been seven years since Kenya joined Open Government Partnership. It remains one of the 12 member states in Africa. The Kenyan constitution and the institutions it enshrines recognize a parliament and government that is open to the public and the public that is involved in the government’s work. The constitution elaborates on transparency, accountability and public participation in service delivery as principles that ensure good governance. The government needs to be opened up for public scrutiny to ensure that public participation thrives. Citizen participation is crucial because democratic accountability does not only occur within the confines of the periodicity of elections. The National Action Plan […]

A Citizens’ Feedback Mechanism (Liberia): A UNDP Initiative in Partnership with InfoNET

A Citizens’ Feedback Mechanism (Liberia): A UNDP Initiative in Partnership with InfoNET

On 25 January the Cabinet Secretariat of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, hosted a de-briefing of a joint fact finding field mission conducted by representatives from the government, UNDP and InfoNet, a Nairobi-based consulting firm experienced in setting up citizen accountability platforms, to the Bomi, Nimba and Grand Bassa county service centers (CSCs), three of five to serve as pilot. The purpose of the field mission was to conduct consultations and gather information to establish a Citizens’ Feedback Mechanism that will help improve sub-national service delivery. At the heart of the Citizen Feedback Mechanism will be an ICT platform that […]

Unpacking the role of citizen participation in Governance

Unpacking the role of citizen participation in Governance

It is important for any government to involve the citizens in projects being undertaken. In governance, Citizen Participation, involves the public evaluating their own needs depending on the problems that they are experiencing and taking part in project planning and budget monitoring. This is important as it improves public resource management and reduces corruption. Citizen participation also makes leaders and political leaders to be answerable to the people they serve. For Citizen Participation to work, transparency of government information is required. Information is power and helps the citizens in making right choices. Inclusion of members into decision-making from groups whose concerns are being addressed is also important. Excluding the weak […]