Transformation to an Open Public Administration

Belize
Project completed

Description

This project promotes the collaboration between public institutions and civil society groups to facilitate co-creation processes through social innovation. The Trust for the Americas and the Department for Effective Public Management of the Organization of American States with the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan are implementing the second phase of the open government initiative which consolidates the open government efforts in the country by providing new opportunities and spaces for cross-cutting collaboration. 

In 2020 it was published the first Belize´s Open Government National Action Plan with the collaboration of international and national experts, civil society organizations, and academia. It serves as an instrument to guide social actors and oversight the accomplishment of the open government commitments. The challenges posed by the COVID-19 are addressed through the execution of the National Action Plan and will impact an integral recovery of the State. 

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Project purpose

This project aims to strengthen public institutions to generate open government initiatives through multi-sectoral co-creation processes. 

 

 

Project goals

Reinforce existing e-government initiatives to guarantee public access to information and effective service delivery.

Promote effective collaboration between government and civil society through coalition-building processes and social innovation mini-grants.

Strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations to participate in coalitions and advocate for the improvement of government services.

Link social innovators with funding opportunities and foster the adoption of disruptive solutions for better public service delivery.

Main achievements

+170
+170 people participated on co-creation processes.
7
7 commitments were co-created for the National Action Plan.
40
40 inputs were received from citizens in the Public Consultation about the National Action Plan.
Design and co-creation of the first National Action Plan for the Open Government of Belize, with the participation of national and international experts, academia, civil society organizations, citizens, and the public and private sectors.
2
2 virtual Hackathons have been carried out to promote the use of Open Data to come up with solutions that support post-COVID-19 recovery efforts

Structure

1
Training and collaboration

Open Government and Open Data Trainings. 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. 

Dialogues and Collaboration networks. 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 better understand issues and reach agreements.  

2
Development of the Action Plan

Launching and Drafting: This first phase is intended to initiate a public discussion for priority areas in which the plan of action could focus on. 

Public Consultation: The purpose of this phase is to engage the general public to review and comment directly on the drafted commitments. 

Editing the Final Plan: Once the public consultation phase is over, the inputs resulted from the revision and comments will be taken into consideration during an editing phase. 

Strategic partners

Donor
Local partner
Local partner and Member of the Project's Open Government Steering Committee
Local partner and Member of the Project's Open Government Steering Committee
Local partner and Member of the Project's Open Government Steering Committee
Local partner and Member of the Project's Open Government Steering Committee
Local partner and Member of the Project's Open Government Steering Committee
Local partner and Member of the Project's Open Government Steering Committee
Local partner and Member of the Project's Open Government Steering Committee
Implementing partner

Success Stories

The project serves as a blueprint in this revolutionary undertaking

Belize

The successful implementation of the "Establishing Open Government Education in Belize" commitment can serve as the blueprint through which stakeholders can take-on and fulfill their necessary roles in this revolutionary undertaking. 

Paco Smith is an Independent Development Consultant and Adjunct Lecturer in the University of Belize and Good Governance and Anti-Corruption External Relations Liaison for the Belize Peace Movement.

Which of the following SDGS (Sustainable Development Goals) this project support?