Fostering a culture of open, participatory, transparent and accountable governance across all levels of government

Jordan’s open government agenda, within and beyond its OGP Action Plan, would benefit from more input from subnational stakeholders (both public officials and representatives of CSOs). A thorough review of legislative, institutional and procedural obstacles is needed, as well as efforts to promote better production and access to public sector information and data, the definition of guidelines for public officials on strengthening citizen participation, and the development of new mechanisms to foster a culture of monitoring and evaluation of participatory initiatives.

Creating momentum for reform among public officials, CSOs, and citizens

The creation of elected subnational councils is an important step toward strengthening local democracy. Nonetheless, the predominance of the central level in addressing the day-to-day demands of citizens and in providing funding for subnational levels may slow the rise of a more decentralised governance culture.

The mandates of the elected councils and sub-bodies tasked with representing citizens’ interests should be clarified and adequate resources provided. Initiatives to support vulnerable members of society, such as women and youth, could encourage their participation as candidates and voters in local elections. Initiatives that promote inclusion and diversity, such as e-participation tools and citizen advisory councils, should also be developed to facilitate citizen participation. Furthermore, direct engagement activities, such as petitions and participatory budgeting schemes, can complement representative and deliberative approaches.

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