Activate key collaboration between local governments and civil society actors through social Innovation Labs.
Improving Municipal Government Services through Innovation and Local Networks
In 2020, The Trust for the Americas in partnership with local governments from Costa Rica and InnovaAp – Innovation Lab of the University of Costa Rica, sought to strengthen the creation of networks at a municipal level and foster multi-stakeholder collaboration.
Participants from a great number of local social actors including NGO’s, private companies, trade associations, the media, academic institutions, and civil society groups had access to training, collaboration spaces, specialized curricula, mentorship and financial resources for social and economic ventures.
The project also increased government transparency and accountability in two municipalities through the use of Blockchain technology. The project focused its work in five municipalities: Grecia, Cañas, Quepos, Turrialba, and Orotina.
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The goal is to activate the hidden potential of social actors and local governments and to stimulate the creation of networks and coalitions between them. The project will also implement two pilot projects that will use blockchain technology to improve transparency and efficiency in municipal services.
Increase transparency and efficiency through civil technologies to improve municipal services.
Strengthen the capacity of local civil society organizations and municipal officials to operate under Open Government principles.
Public officials, civil society, academia, the private sector, and media outlets learn together about the latest trends and tools for an effective Open Government. Training is facilitated by top regional experts.
A multi-stakeholder debate is crucial to any open government initiative. Dialogue allows participants not only to engage in the development of a specific outcome but also to contribute with their own expertise. The dialogue table methodology allows participants to understand issues better and reach agreements.
As part of the capacity building process, participants can co-create solutions and compete for seed funds to put their plans into motion.
Luis Fernando Mendoza
Since we started with the process of open data and open information for citizens, there is greater communication on the part of citizens with the municipality. The fact that they are informed makes them have a greater capacity to speak out and tell the municipality about their shortcomings and needs.
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Open Government achieves a more just and equitable society because the use of resources is focused on meeting citizen needs.
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