Open government is one key aspect of an overall strategy to winning back trust in government. Thus, it is worth noting that the Open Government Partnership, launched in 2011 to support initiatives towards more open, accountable, and responsive governments, will held its next global Summit in Mexico on 27, 28, 29 October 2015.
According to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2015 released at the beginning of the year by the worldwide public relations firm, the general level of trust remains low in the 27 countries surveyed. Although trust in government has slightly improved in 2015, government remains the least trusted institutions globally.
Trust is a forward-facing metric of stakeholder expectation. It is an asset that institutions must understand and properly build in order to be successful in today’s complex world. We look at trust around the world, trust across industries and how to build trust.
- The last results of the Index of Confidence in the Brazilian Justice System (ICJBrasil) published by São Paulo Law School show that only 29% of Brazil’s citizens trusted the judiciary by the end of 2014. The judiciary is one of the only two institutions in Brazil along with political parties whose confidence index has not raised during the year, the latter remaining last in the ranking.
The Index of Confidence in the Brazilian Justice System (ICJBrasil), measured by FGV’s São Paulo Law School (FGV Direito SP) in the second and third quarters of 2014 found that only 29% of the population relies on the judiciary as an institution capable of solving their conflicts. The percentage is the same as that recorded in the second half of 2013. Besides the judiciary, only political parties kept the same confidence index (6%), remaining last in the ranking.
The Presidential Advisory Commission against conflicts of interest, influence peddling and corruption set up in March 2015 by the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet pointed out in its final report the current drop of trust and the high perception of corruption towards Congress and local governments in Chile. A critical review of this report released in June by the Chilean “Centro de Estudios Publicos” is available online (only in Spanish). .
European Corruption Observatory – Lithuania Workshop
On 5 May 2015, Transparency International organized in Brussels a conference to promote its new joint initiative with the European Commission entitled “Integrity Pacts – civil control mechanism for safeguarding EU funds against fraud and corruption”. This pilot project aims at strengthening trust and transparency in the way European member states, regions and cities effectively manage EU funds.
The European Commission and Transparency International have begun cooperation on a joint “Integrity Pacts” pilot project to ensure EU structural and cohesion funds are provided more safeguards against fraud and corruption. On 5 May, Transparency International organised a conference in Brussels to promote the pilot project “Integrity Pacts – civil control mechanism for safeguarding EU funds against fraud and corruption” funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy. The event brought together institutions and civil society organisations to raise awareness about this new tool aimed at helping Member States, regions and cities effectively manage EU investments. The conference also promoted the call for expression of interest due to be launched in early May 2015 and stimulate the participation of EU co-funded projects around Europe in piloting the Integrity Pacts.
Trust, Voice, and Incentives: Learning from Local Success Stories in Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa
According to a 2015 World Bank report, the rise in quality of public services in most Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries relies on getting out of the cycle of poor performance caused mainly by weak institutions and the lack of public trust. For that purpose, examples of local successes in service delivery within the MENA region emphasize the importance of autonomy, accountability mechanisms, incentives as well as citizens’ engagement.
Part I (Chapters 1 – 3) asks the question: Why does service delivery fall short of potential in the MENA region? In answering the question, the report provides a review of the region’s impressive achievements over the last five years of expanding access to basic education and health services and improving core human development outcomes, while highlighting the remaining challenge of poor service quality and citizens’ dissatisfaction. The conclusion is that a cycle of poor performance has emerged in much of the region as a result of state institutions lacking both internal and external accountability mechanisms. Chapter 3 demonstrates that cycles are alterable. It provides examples of virtuous cycles in the region that have developed at the local level (even in context of a poor performance at the national level) when local stakeholders are driven by individual will or social obligations to take initiatives.
- Open Data and Open Government initiatives are flourishing throughout the United States which aim at improving government performance and public trust towards government. The recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center on Americans’ view about this issue show that people’s baseline level of trust in government, strongly tied to partisan affiliation, is a key factor to believe in the potential benefits of opening government data.
People’s views about the possible impact of government data initiatives sort roughly into two categories along the lines of government accountability and government performance. Americans are generally optimistic that open data can improve accountability — directly by encouraging government officials to be more accountable to the public or indirectly by helping journalists do their jobs better. When it comes to metrics of government performance (i.e., whether open data will improve the quality of services), people’s views are decidedly mixed.
This organization provides, with its own comparative tool, data on public opinion in different African Countries. It organizes its own polls in different languages to evaluate public opinion on various subjects such as Economy, Citizenship and Identity, Democracy and Politics, etc. The “Institutions and leaders” topic has a look on trust in the main political actors of the countries: presidents, MPs, Local Government Council, Courts, national electoral commissions, ruling / opposition political parties, army, police, religious leaders and tax department.
Event Date: Our national partner in Cameroon, the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche en Economie et Gestion, will be holding its first Round 6 results dissemination event. Please check back here for more information.