Promoting an Open Government Ecosystem in Belize

Belize
Project under implementation

Description

This project aims to provide opportunities for public institutions and citizens so they can co-create public goods through social innovation. To that end, the project seeks to strengthen the civil sector’s capacity to better engage in the improvement of public service delivery through effective collaboration between government and citizens to establish social innovation projects.

Enabling an open government ecosystem is critical to improving public safety and governance in Belize. Building pro-transparency coalitions among civil society and local governments, including active participation from vulnerable groups, is imperative to fostering citizen participation through enhanced civic engagement and increasing the effectiveness and resilience of public institutions.

Belize—through e-government initiatives—can incorporate citizen groups, NGOs, or private entities to support the open government process. Greater public involvement would translate to increased government accountability and client-focused public service delivery. Additionally, this involvement would bolster government accountability, enhance the use of data, and improve public services.

Project purpose

The program seeks to support both the Belizean government and its civil society to jointly create spaces for discussion, collaboration, and deliberation of policies, as well as to provide public access to information and effective service delivery.

Project goals

Reinforce existing e-government initiatives to guarantee public access to information and effective service delivery.

Strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations to participate in coalitions and advocate for the improvement of government services;

Promote effective collaboration between government and civil society through coalition-building processes and social innovation mini-grants; and

Match social innovators with funding and foster the adoption of disruptive solutions for better public service delivery.

Main achievements

50
A group of over 50 participants from both the government and civil society were exposed to cutting-edge knowledge on open government and practical open data experiences.
15
A group of 15 public officials from different entities from the government are part of an Open Data working group and received specific training on Open Data standards.
2018
Belize hosted the first ever “Belize Open Week (BOW)”. BOW was a unique multi-stakeholder opportunity to learn about Open Government and to participate in co-creation processes and also function as the 2018 Developing the Caribbean (DevCa) initiative, with simultaneous activities in Belize and Jamaica. A total of 182 participants from the public, private, and NGOs sector were part of the week’s activities.
US$5000
The project issued a call for proposals to award US$5000 each to the ten most innovative projects to improve public services in Belize. 10 collaborative projects were received.

Structure

1
Open Government and Open Data Trainings

Public officials, civil society, academia, the private sector, and media outlets learn together about the latest trends and tools for an effective Open Government. Training is facilitated by top regional experts.

2
Dialogues and Collaboration networks

A multi-stakeholder debate is crucial to any open government initiative. Dialogue allows participants not only to engage in the development of a specific outcome but also to contribute with their own expertise. The dialogue table methodology allows participants to understand issues better and reach agreements.

3
Seed Funding for disruptive Open Government initiatives

As part of the capacity building process, participants can co-create solutions and compete for seed funds put their plans into motion.

Strategic partners

Implementation partner
Donor
Local Partner
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