Open Government in Salé, Morocco

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The report analyses legal and institutional frameworks, public policies and open government practices in the municipality of Salé in Morocco. In the context of a new legal framework for local authorities adopted in 2015, it provides recommendations to the municipality for setting up a more strategic and coherent approach to open government initatives, as well as for establishing new mechanisms for participation, transparency and accountability.

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Executive summary

Morocco has pledged to implement the principles of open government, a commitment strengthened by the Constitution of 2011. In addition, Morocco has recognised the importance of subnational governments in forging a closer relationship between government and citizens. These subnational authorities are at the forefront of a number of open government practices. The process of advanced regionalisation (regionalisation avancée), which is strengthening the powers of the municipalities and regions, is leading to local public policies that are more open, transparent and effective. In this context, the mayor and the municipal council of Salé have undertaken and supported a number of initiatives to promote transparency, stakeholder participation and accountability, with the objective of bringing the municipality closer to its citizens and involving them in the development of the city. The initiatives are based on a bottom-up approach developed at district level and on strong engagement by local civil society. These efforts could be reinforced by fully implementing all provisions of the regionalisation process and the 2011 Constitution.

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