Innovacion Publica 360

Innovacion Publica (IP) 360 seeks to respond to the low levels of trust in government and to the unequal distribution of innovation in Latin America's public sector. The project has a holistic approach to reach local governments that are not part of the mainstream opengov networks. It delivers actions in 19 local governments to strengthen citizen participation, transparency and digitalization. The lessons learned are then scaled up through a regional learning community of public innovators.

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IP 360 is an initiative of Asuntos del Sur that promotes collaborative work and technical support to 19 subnational governments, 2 legislative entities and two municipal associations in 4 Latin American countries.

The project promotes transformation and innovation actions in governments by channelling collective intelligence to achieve inclusive and democratic governance. This is done through specific actions to strengthen citizen participation, transparency and accountability, and frameworks for digitization and modernization of public management. These actions include training of innovation agents, designing and facilitating citizen laboratories, advising on public policy and govtech implementation. After implementing these actions, the project builds a network of collaboration and exchange between the innovation agents of each government involved.

The team started from a study that showed that less than 25% of the population in Latin America are satisfied with the functioning of democracy. Formal institutions for participation, such as congresses and parties, are trusted by less than 20% of society and more than 80% of citizens believe that they are governed by a minority that only looks after its own interests. Opacity in public management is one of the greatest challenges, as more than 65% of Latin Americans believe that corruption has increased compared to the previous year and 85% perceive that corruption is a major problem for their country.

IP 360 seeks to respond to this situation by bringing the tools and approaches of open government and public innovation to all kinds of governments and, ultimately, benefit citizens.

So far, the team has already trained more than 1300 public officials though 3 courses: Collective Innovation in times of emergency (oriented to pandemic responses), Public Innovation 360, and Participatory Processes for Public Policy. In addition, it has provided specific training workshops and support to 8 municipal governments and the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism of Bolivia.

The team is also working on specific innovations with several governments: in Rosario and La Paz, it is working on the development of legislative frameworks for the implementation of open contracting; in the development of the digital platform for citizen participation Bahía.Participa (Bahía Blanca); in policies for the prevention of digital violence and the promotion of digital economy ecosystems in Envigado; in the urban innovation laboratory in Bolivia; and in advising the Virtual Congress platform of the Congress of Chile. The project has also been part of the transparent transition of subnational governments together with UN Habitat and the Association of Municipalities in Bolivia.

The results and learnings are captured in quick guides that allow easy application and scalability of actions. The team has published 5 quick guides for COVID-19 crisis management, 6 manuals to innovate the public sector and a paper on the application of crowdlaw.

The actions allowed the team to start networking among the public officials it works with, and to boost interaction and joint learning. Last year, the team held the first post-COVID-19 solutions ideation lab and bilateral collaboration meetings between management teams to share projects. Based on this experience, the team is now working on a network of innovation agents and organising a face-to-face meeting for November 2021, in which it hopes to consolidate its network of public innovation agents.

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Year: 2020
Level of government: Local government


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