Open Government Initiatives.
Elgeyo Marakwet County joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Local Program in 2016 – a multilateral initiative for open government reformers that aims to secure concrete commitments from government in areas of transparency, citizens’ empowerment, fighting corruption, and harnessing of new technologies to strengthen governance. The county government then developed its pilot OGP Local Action Plan 2017 whose assessment showed promising early results that led to scaling of OGP Local Program. This meant that Elgeyo Marakwet County’s participation in the program continues through 2020, during which county is expected to develop and implement a second sets of commitments (Action Plan II)
Co-Creation and Current commitments
As one of the local governments selected to participate in the local OGP program in 2016, the county and its local stakeholders were expected to strengthen engagements of key government and civil society stakeholders and, enhance community participation in the development of the second Action Plan.
CIOG Kenya and alongside its partner Reboot, facilitated efforts that saw government and civil society jointly discuss and prioritize the commitments in the Action Plan through series of workshops, trainings and media awareness events. More details on the co-creation, action plan and its five commitments is accessible here
Multi-stakeholder forum, Reports, and Documents
Like all participating local governments in the OGP Local Program, Elgeyo MarakwetCounty has established a joint multi-stakeholder forum in which CIOG Kenya provides technical and administrative support (playing secretariat roles). The forum, referred to as Stakeholder Coordinating Mechanism (SCM), provides a platform for state and non-state actors to collectively strengthen service delivery and advance transformation of the county’s citizens’ lives through reforms of governance systems, practices and processes. The Forum is a 11-member committee with five thematic committees charged with implementation of the county’s five commitments.