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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The Arab Spring, which started in Tunisia in 2010, was propelled by widespread discontent with the current socio-economic conditions and the lack, or at times absence of basic rights and freedoms. The self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid, which sparked the Tunisian Revolution, powerfully testified to the reasons behind this discontent: poverty, widespread corruption among the economic elite and politicians, and lack of respect for human dignity and democratic rights. The velocity with which the Tunisian revolution spread across the entire MENA region revealed the presence of these problems throughout the whole Arab world.

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