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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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Introduction

In a context of a global dynamic to open up public administrations, and given the provisions of the 2011 Constitution that are conducive to public governance reforms, Morocco is committed to implement the principles of open government. The OECD defines open government as “a culture of governance that promotes the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation in support of democracy and inclusive growth” (OECD, 2017[1]). Open government is based on the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation. Transparency refers to “the disclosure and subsequent accessibility of relevant government data and information” ; participation “typically refers to the involvement of individuals and groups in designing, implementing and evaluating a project or plan”, and accountability “refers to the government’s responsibility and duty to inform its citizens about the decisions it makes, as well as to provide an account of the activities and performance of the entire government and its officials” (OECD, 2016[2]). Public integrity “refers to the consistent alignment of, and adherence to, shared ethical values, principles and norms for upholding and prioritising the public interest over private interests in the public sector” (OECD, 2017[3]).

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