In the context of its efforts to bring policies and public services closer to citizens, the Government of Jordan asked the OECD to provide an analysis of the ongoing decentralisation reform from the perspective of the principles and practices of open government. In addition to providing analysis of the context, the policy areas covered in the OECD assessment include:
(1) Improving centre-of-government (CoG) capacity to steer and lead decentralisation reform and its implementation.
(2) Strengthening analytical and evaluation capacity for better policy-making and service delivery.
(3) Enhancing transparency, accountability and citizen participation through a more open government approach across all levels of Jordan’s public administration.
The OECD defines Open Government as “a culture of governance based on innovative and sustainable policies and practices inspired by the principles of transparency, accountability, and participation that fosters democracy and inclusive growth.
Open Government policies are a means to improve the quality of a country’s democratic life in order to better meet the needs of its people. They yield a great variety of benefits to businesses and citizens as well as to implementing governments.
Key examples include:
(1) Increasing trust in government;
(2) Ensuring better policy outcomes;
(3) Enhancing policy efficiency and effectiveness;
(4) Strengthening policy and regulatory compliance;
(5) Promoting inclusive socio-economic development;
(6) Fostering innovation.