Open Government Partnership (OGP)

Brief Overview

 
  • Jordan attaches great significance to being part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) (officially launched on 20 September 2011 with an initiative from president Obama), and we were pleased for the invitation extended to Jordan to join the OGP, noting that Jordan is the only Arab State that qualified to take part in this initiative. We view the OGP as an opportunity and an important platform that gives us the chance to highlight the Jordanian model of home-grown reforms, as Jordan is well-positioned to be a model for successful reforms for our region.
  • For the purpose of participating in the OGP, the Council of Ministers approved Jordan’s participation in this Partnership in August 2011, noting that the Prime Minister has formed an Ad-hoc Committee in October 2011 chaired by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, comprising representatives from the public and private sectors in addition to civil society organizations including the National Centre for Human Rights and the Jordanian National Forum for Women, to work on developing the Action Plan pertaining to the participation in the Partnership, and identifying the reform measures undertaken by the Government of Jordan in the area of governance.
  • To this end, the Committee finalized Jordan’s OGP National Action Plan, and officially submitted it at the Ministerial Meeting held on 17 April 2012 in Brazil. The Action Plan focused on addressing the following grand challenges:

1) Improving public services

2) Increasing public integrity

3) More effectively managing public resources

  • The OGP National Action Plan of Jordan, which is published on the OGP website, the Jordanian Prime Ministry’s website, and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation’s website, both in Arabic and English languages, constitutes an integral part of our national reform plans. The OGP initiative presented a framework for those reform plans to fall under. The importance of OGP is that it provides our national reform plans with the needed momentum.
  • In this context, we developed a self-assessment progress report pertaining to the implementation of the first action plan in February 2013. This report is also published on the Prime Ministry’s website. Moreover, Al-Hayat Centre, an active Jordanian civil society organization, was selected by the secretariat of the OGP, based on competitive criteria, to conduct an independent reporting and assessment of the implementation of the first Action Plan (Independent Reporting Mechanism). This report was published towards the end of 2013.
  • The Ad-hoc Committee has developed Jordan’s Second National Action Plan in October 2014, focusing on the work of “the Royal Committee for Enhancing the National Integrity System” headed by the Prime Minister. This Royal Committee developed, through an inclusive and participatory process throughout the Kingdom, an Integrity Charter and an Executive Action Plan stemming from this Charter with the aim of strengthening integrity, transparency, the rule of law, accountability, justice and equal opportunities, in addition to boosting the citizens’ confidence in state institutions.

 

  • In this context, His Majesty King Abdullah II directed the Prime Minister on 8 December 2012, to head a Royal Committee to reinforce integrity, namely “the Royal Committee for Enhancing the National Integrity System”. This Committee supported the reform process in Jordan, where public confidence in state agencies was the catalyst for success in this effort. His Majesty also chose eleven other key figures to serve as members of the Royal Committee, including Senate President, Judicial Council President and Minister of Public Sector Development, in addition to former Minister, former Senator, and former MP.
  • Moreover, in February 2014, His Majesty King Abdullah II, formed an independent national committee (a non-governmental committee) to oversee and assess the implementation process of the Charter and its Executive Plan. This was considered an important step as it ensured constant and impartial follow up.

 

  • The Government of Jordan has launched cooperation with OECD to ensure optimal implementation of Jordan’s OGP National Action Plan (a seminar jointly organized by OECD and the Government of Jordan was held in May 2014 in Amman for this purpose).  

 

  • The OGP is important for Jordan to move forward with the democratization of the development process, and to further strengthen the foundations for political inclusion, social stability, good governance, efficient public sector, improved service delivery, as well as the rule of law.

 

  • The government of Jordan have developed a satisfactory self-assessment progress report pertaining to the implementation for the Second Action Plan in September 2015. Additionally, the government of Jordan will engage civil society on the formulation of its Third National Action Plan for the year 2016 – 2018. The civil society organization will be selected by the Secretariat of the OGP, based on a competitive criteria, to conduct an independent reporting mechanism, and an overview assessment of the implementation of the Second Action. The report will be published towards the end of this year.

 

  • For the Third National Action Plan, the government of Jordan will establish a robust consultation and monitoring process with civil society, following OGP guidance, by:

 

  • Identifying and mapping civil society organizations, including civil society organizations outside of Amman, with appropriate expertise to take part in civil society consultations on the Third OGP Action Plan.
  • Making details of the public consultation process on the Third OGP Action Plan available online, in Arabic, at least four weeks before the consultation process will begin and no later than November 2015. These details should include a timeline of meetings, including dates and locations, a list of invited participants, information on who else can participate and how, and a list of topics to be discussed.
  • Creating an accessible Arabic-language online platform that includes key OGP information and documents, including the Second Action Plan and monitoring reports, and provides a mechanism for citizens to provide input on creating and implementing the Third OGP Action Plan. This platform should also provide information about how the government will respond to public input.

 

  • The Prime Minister of Jordan have decided to expand the assigned Ad-hoc Committee to ensure enhanced representation of Civil Society when developing the Third OGP Action Plan for the year 2016 – 2018. The Third National Action Plan is predicted to be ready by June 2016.

  OGP Four-Year Strategy (2015-2018)

- Jordan's OGP Third National Action Plan 2016-2018

- OGP Second National Plan

- Second Action Plan Presented to the OGP Progress Report up to 30/6/2015

OGP Jordan first Action Plan

- OGP Jordan first Progress Report

- Open Government Partnership (OGP) Network of Civil Society Organizations


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