2023, a year to assess and rethink processes - Open Gov #23
Gender gap | Participation
We hope that 2023 has started well. We are back with a lot of energy and enthusiasm to continue fighting for the opening of institutions and data, especially with you by our side!
Renewing Open Government
January is perfect to look back: we have been publishing this newsletter for a year and a half, for more than 4 years, we have been part of the Colombia multi-stakeholder forum and to give just a couple of examples, in 2022, we redesigned the Mexico City Data Portal and created the Cultural Map of Sucre, which gives visibility to this Colombian region through data.
It’s been almost 12 years since the creation of the Open Government Partnership! However, the model is still a utopia. It is not enough to talk about the pillars of transparency, participation… we need tangible solutions. That assumes political will but also citizen will. Moreover, we need more local implementation by the whole State and, of course, social control.
In this line, OGP began a retrospective process in 2021, which has led to a review of its internal model and agenda priorities with a view to the 2023-2028 period. The result is a draft with four strategic lines of action from which the Alliance’s actions will be articulated and open for comments until February 15. They are broad but relevant, as they will mark the future of OGP, which continues to be one of the main references for open government actions, so we invite you to take a look at them and, of course, to participate.
Leadership and representation
The Inter-American Development Bank showed that the presence of women is still limited at the highest levels of decision-making in public administrations. To this end, it analyzed, on a comparable basis, the 4 highest management levels in 12 representative sectors for 15 countries in the region.
These levels are composed of 5 attributes:
- Strategic decision making
- High-level political linkage
- Ability to issue regulations
- Budget management
- Human resource management
The conclusions indicate that women do not reach decision-making levels, despite regulations, gender policies and the increase of women in the public sector. In the countries analyzed, women occupy only 23.6% of level 1 positions, equivalent to a minister.
The gap is evident in the private sector as well. In 2019, 15 media outlets, including Datasketch, participated in the research Women in the Stock Market (sp), led by Poder from Mexico. In it, we analyzed female participation on boards of directors of companies listed on stock exchanges in Latin America and Spain. At that time, on average, only 12% participated on boards of directors.
💁🏽♀️ Women in the public sector
On the Radar
🤝🏽The Power of Collaboration in Open Government | The MIT Press. Explains how international initiatives can influence domestic public sector reform.
🌡️ Data-driven policies are indispensable for mitigating climate risks | UN Stats. Collects the thoughts of sustainable development experts on harnessing data to anticipate the damage generated by global warming.
🕵🏽♀️ Brussels fights to eliminate shady consultancies | Follow the Money. Investigates the European Commission’s “Black List” malfunctioning to prevent contracting between the EU and companies found guilty of embezzlement, corruption and other criminal activities.
✅ United States releases Fifth National Open Government Action Plan | The White House. The country, which had received a letter opposing the process from OGP, recommits to the 2022-2024 period.
Call for applications
- 📊 Register for the Ninth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics | World Bank. Brings together researchers, economists, statisticians and scientists from around the world to explore best practices in agricultural data.
- 🏛️ Sixth International Conference on Public Policy (CIPP6) is coming| Ippa Public Policy. The call for research papers is open until January 31.