Kenya to share its Open Government Action Plan at Global Event
Kenya will be sharing its Kenya’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan at the 2nd Annual Conference taking place on 17th-18th April in Brasilia Brazil.
The Kenyan delegation led by Dr Bitange Ndemo PS Ministry of Information and Communication will be tabling Kenya’s OGP Action Plan which highlights how the government will increase access to information to improve public services especially to the poor both in urban and rural areas, increase public integrity and lead reforms in effective management of public resources.
Kenya’s OGP Action Plan proposes that by March 2013, citizens should be able to access government information through SMS, get crucial services through a single point, by April 2013, and access important government documents by the end of this year.
The Open Government Partnership annual conference brings more than 400 delegates from 50 countries. It aims to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance and support the implementation of multilateral commitments.
Other Action plans by Kenya, are the setting up of a government Public complaints portal by August 2012, (including a Judiciary ombudsman to receive Judicial related complaints), digitization of Judiciary records (Jan 2013), and availability of an online voter register by constituency and boundary by March next year. The proposals also indicate that next year’s election results will be transmitted through an open data format.
To improve management of public resources, the action plan will employ better measures to increase the country’s ranking in the open Budget Index (OBI), allow for online public participation in budget allocation by September, 2012, and implement the automation of government financial management through IFMIS. By so doing procurement, disbursements, National and County budgets, expenditure and other financial data of interest to the public will be available online.
This is key for Kenya, which is considered pace setter of the Open Data initiative in Africa with the launching of its portal (https://opendata.go.ke/) in July 2011.
Confirmed high-level attendees for the event, include Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UK Cabinet Minister Francis Maude and dozens of senior government ministers from around the world. Amongst a range of speakers are Ushahidi co-founder Juliana Rotich, Yemini anti-censorship activist Walid al-Saqaf and Indian education activist and TED-Fellow Gautam John.
The annual event, hosted under President Dilma Rousseff’s leadership, will formally welcome 42 new countries into the partnership. Governments will formally join the Open Government Partnership by presenting their commitments to the world and endorsing the OGP Declaration of Principles.
The last conference on Open Government was held in December 2011.
Quote from PS, Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr Bitange Ndemo
“As a pioneer of open data in the continent, Kenya wants to maintain a leading position in implementing ICT that improves citizen service delivery, strengthens public sector governance and transparency. The Open Data portal further allows Kenya’s budding entrepreneurs to participate in this process through using data to innovate and create applications and products for citizen use. In doing so there is greater job creation. This is a key to Kenya achieving Vision 2030.”