The Open Democracy Advice Centre in South Africa has implemented a multi-pronged monitoring of the South African OGP commitments which has been heavily guided by the Draft IRM process of the OGP. Firstly, we have looked to the originality of the commitments made as a reflection of governments commitment to the principles of the process. Secondly, we will rate them against the OGP Principles. Thirdly, we will review the process against the OGP roadmap. Fourthly, we will rate the commitments progress against governments own indicators.
There are eight core commitments, which government expresses as follows (all were intended for completion after a year):
- Develop and implement an accountability/consequences management framework for public servants. Outcome: Framework in place and implemented in the public service.
- Formalise partnerships with civil society organisations in all nine provinces to establish Service Delivery Improvement Forums (SDIFs) at local level to provide timely citizen report cards on service delivery levels at community level, especially in relation to primary health care, water, sanitation, environmental management and housing. Outcome: Partnerships formalised with civil society organisations and SDIFs established in all nine provinces.
- Enhance the capacity and capabilities of communities to access and claim their socio-economic rights through the roll-out of national public education campaigns, specifically a public outreach campaign on Know Your Service Rights and Responsibilities (KYSR&R) to inform citizens about their service rights, responsibilities, and legal mechanisms available to hold government accountable. Outcome: KYSR&R workshops conducted in all nine provinces including broadcasts through community radio stations in all official languages.
- Enhance national integrity through institutional capacity-building of National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) and Anti-Corruption Hotline. Outcome: Enhance accountability and strengthen public trust NACF strengthened and all anti-corruption officials capacitated.
- Approve guidelines on sanctions for corruption related cases. Outcome: Guidelines approved and implemented.
- Develop a Citizen Participation guideline for Public Sector departments that would ensure that every public sector department across all spheres have a functional, resourced and capacitated citizen engagement unit which regularly and proactively engage with civil society. Outcome: Guidelines approved and implemented in compliance with international best practices.
- Enhance the involvement of civil society at every stage of the budgetary process across all spheres of government to enhance the progressive realisation of socioeconomic rights and enable citizens to track public expenditure. Outcome: Standardised framework for civil society participation in budgetary processes developed.
- Explore the feasibility of establishing a single agency mandated by Government to develop a comprehensive and publicly accessible portal of environmental management information. Outcome: Feasibility study completed.