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Open Government in Tunisia

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The Open Government Review of Tunisia is the first of its kind analysing a country’s open government policies and practices and their institutional and legal frameworks for implementation against OECD instruments. The analysis focuses on how public sector’s openness, transparency and accountability can be enhanced and therefore promote trust in government, in assessing : coherence and coordination of open government policies; citizens’ participation in policymaking; public financial management; integrity and anti-corruption initiatives; and the role of Information and Communication Technologies and Social Media. It also includes case studies of open government and local development. By bringing together a multitude of OECD instruments and expertise in different areas of public governance, the Review provides Tunisian policymakers, public sector officials and civil society activists with practical indications on how to improve and successfully implement their national open government agenda. In addition, the Review contains a list of recommendations that have been included in Tunisia’s first Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership.

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Civic engagement in Tunisia

Civic engagement is a crucial aspect of Open Government. The chapter firstly outlines the OECD approach to citizens’ participation, as it was developed in more than 10 years of work in this field. It then provides an overview of the current Tunisian policies and practices to involve citizens and business in policymaking and service delivery, along with a review of the provisions contained in the new constitution. As key aspects to citizen’s engagement, the chapter analyses the legal and implementation frameworks of Tunisia’s access to information law and the existing public consultation practices in light of the available human and financial resources. Finally, the opportunities offered by a more consistent and strategic use of ICTs to promote participation are highlighted, especially considering the clear request that comes from citizens and civil society organisations to better exploit the potentiality offered by internet and social media. A set of recommendations to implement a comprehensive reform establishing truly inclusive policy-making are provided.

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