A two-day workshop was organized at Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County in Kenya inviting Subnational governments and civil society representatives on the 1ST and 2nd of May, 2018. The workshop was a regional gathering of governments and civil society representatives from the only 4 OGP local participants on the African continent. The participating sub-nationals were STMA-Ghana, Elgeyo- Marakwet County-Kenya, Kigomi Ujiji Municipal Council-Tanzania, Kaduna State-Nigeria.
The main objective of the event was to discuss the findings of the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) for each OGP local participant, make recommendations on the report, promote exchanges among and between participating local governments and discuss how co-creation efforts can be strengthened in the formulation of the Action Plan for 2018.
The workshop was attended by Mr. Isaac Aidoo, the STMA OGP focal person, as well as Mr. Aziz Mahmoud, who represented civil society organizations (CSO’s) partnering STMA under the OGP initiative. STMA’s partner CSO’s under the OGP initiative are STMA-Citywide Settlement Upgrading Fund (STMA-CSUF), Berea Social Foundation (BFS) and Friends of the Nation (FoN). Participants of the workshop used the opportunity to share their experiences with respect to their OGP subnational journey so far; lessons learnt, achievements and challenges.
What is OGP?
Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an initiative founded in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Currently, OGP Initiative is made up of a membership of 76 countries and 20 subnational governments.
Subnational Pilot Program
Ghana signed unto the OGP initiative in 2011 and by virtue of its membership STMA became eligible to apply for and participated in the subnational pilot program organized by the OGP in 2015. The pilot program for Subnational Government was a way of giving meaning to the tenets of OGP at the grassroots level through the efforts of Local Governments, Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and most importantly, the involvement of citizens to spur change.
Fifteen subnational governments, including STMA, were competitively selected to participate in the program. The other subnational governments were; Austin – USA, Buenos Aires – Argentina, Jalisco – Mexico, La Libertad – Peru, Ontario – Canada, Sau Paulo – Brazil, Elgeyo-Marakwet County – Kenya, Kigoma Ujiji Municipal Council – Tanzania, Madrid – Spain, Paris – France, Scotland – UK, Bojonegoro – Indonesia, Seoul – South Korea and Tbilisi – Georgia.
STMA developed its OGP Subnational Action plan for 2017 comprising of 5 commitments and it focused mainly on Public Service (Security and Sanitation), Fiscal Transparency and Public Participation (Private Sector Involvement and Planning).
OGP Local Program
After a successful Subnational pilot program implementation, the OGP Local Program was institutionalized and 5 more subnational governments (Kaduna State – Nigeria, Basque Country – Spain, Lasi – Romania, Narino – Columbia, South Cotabato – Philipines) have been added to the pioneers.
The co-creation of the new Action plan for 2018 for STMA would start in mid-May 2018 and would involve a series of consultations with the citizenry, the media, Chiefs and other key stakeholders within the Metropolis. In developing the new commitments for the action plan, new themes such as beneficial ownership, open contracting, climate change and civic space will be explored.