Workshop on Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data
The University of Central Asia’s Civil Society Initiative (CSI) organised a workshop on “Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data” on March 27-30 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The event was aimed at raising civil society organisations’ awareness of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and strengthening the capacity of participants’ to monitor the implementation of the "Achyk Okmot" National Action Plan for 2018-2020 to build an Open Government in Kyrgyzstan.
Forty participants from civil society organisations across Kyrgyzstan attended the four-day training. It was sponsored by the Collaborative Governance Programme, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and implemented by the East-West Management Institute.
“Since civic engagement is the keystone of OGP, we strive to support civil society actors to help them make better use of the OGP process, to monitor the implementation of Government’s commitments, and to promote their own advocacy agenda,” said Dinara Musabekova, Director of UCA’s Civil Society Initiative. “We believe that our training programme has equipped them with relevant knowledge about OGP structures and engagement tools, as well as with necessary skills to collect, analyse, and visualise open data.”
The workshop also included a Datathon competition where teams of trainees were challenged by their mentors to develop specific projects on data and media products, using the knowledge and skills gained during the training.
Kyrgyzstan became the first country in Central Asia to join the Open Government Partnership in 2017, an international platform of 74 countries and 15 subnational governments, that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
The Civil Society Initiative, part of UCA’s Graduate School of Development, is an active member of the OGP National Forum, which consists of 38 government and civil society representatives. The members jointly developed the National Action Plan with 18 ambitious commitments to strengthen the government’s reform accountability, and combat corruption.