Public Administration Reform Monitoring

Public Administration Reform Monitoring

PAR Monitor for EaP countries

EaP PAR Monitor will engage local population in monitoring the PA reforms through innovative tech solutions which enable greater civic participation. These are the PAR Monitor Bot, E-Democracy platforms including E-Women and AI-powered public notification systems (on specific budgetary decisions). These digital and tech solutions will be strengthened by capacity building trainings and raising awareness campaigns in member countries.

The Eastern Partnership was set up in 2009.  It intends to strengthen relations between the European Union (EU) and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In 2014, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed association agreements with the EU and committed to implement institutional and legal reforms. In 2017, Armenia and the EU concluded a comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement, while Azerbaijan is negotiating a bilateral partnership agreement with the EU. Belarus is currently in talks with the EU.

Due to their respective historical legacies, the public administrations of Eastern Partnership countries remain largely inefficient. To this end, European Union is providing advisory and budgetary support for the public administration reforms in EaP countries except Belarus. 20 Deliverables by 2020, a joint Eastern Partnership working document, says that the member-states should improve the quality of governance by strengthening institutions and implementing proper governance practices.

Civil society and media play a key role in ensuring the success of public administration reforms. By proper monitoring, policy dialogue and citizens engagement civil society and media ensure the transparency and accountability of public administration both on the national and local levels. Despite differing country-specific political dynamics and approaches to reform, the issues addressed by large-scale reforms are similar across these countries. This enables cooperation, knowledge and experience sharing between civil society organizations working on public policy analysis and advocacy from all EaP countries.

General Objective

The EaP PaR Monitor will strengthen civil society and media participation in PAR by educating and enabling them to:

  1. monitor its progress
  2. assess its quality
  3. propose new solutions based on evidence and analysis.

Only by empowering local non-governmental actors and strengthening participatory democracy at the national and local level, the same pressure on the governments to continue implementing the often painful and inconvenient administrative reforms can be sustained.

Specific Objectives

  1. facilitate civil society monitoring of PAR based on evidence and analysis in the EaP region;
  2. facilitate sustainable regional and national level government-CSO consultation platforms, policy dialogue and quality media reporting on PAR;
  3. enable local watchdog and grassroots organisations and media to work on local PAR issues;
  4. improve organisational and financial sustainability and transparency of the EaP PAR Monitor member organisations.

Network

EaP PAR Monitor members are non-profit, independent think-tank or policy research organisations focusing on the EU integration process and committed to the evidence-based policy making and advocacy.

In addition to the horizontally driven emphasis on the overall policy making and policy implementation processes and efforts to render them more evidence based, the main areas for cooperation which have been jointly identified by the EaP PAR Monitor members are:

Members: Institute of Innovative Governance (Ukraine), Center for Democracy and Development (Georgia),

Innovative solutions

EaP PAR Monitor will engage local population in monitoring the PA reforms through innovative tech solutions which enable greater civic participation. These are the PAR Monitor Bot, E-Democracy platforms including E-Women and AI-powered public notification systems (on specific budgetary decisions). These digital and tech solutions will be strengthened by capacity building trainings and raising awareness campaigns in member countries.