The County Government of Nandi has scoped the second position in the 2021 Open Government Partnership (OGP) award – OGP Local Innovation Award in Africa.
The county was feted for its use of the toll-free call center 1548 to enhance and civic engagement.
The 24-hours center was set up with an aim of informing and creating awareness to the public on County matters.
Through the shortcode 1548, County departments can send ‘Governor Nandi County’ low-cost bulk SMS-’s to effectively mobilize members of the public to participate in public forums as well as undertake surveys on topical issues.
Sharing the new achievement on their social media pages, the county led by Governor Stephen Sang said: “We are thrilled to announce that Nandi County has been awarded by Open Government Partnership the runners-up for the 2021 OGP Local Innovation Award in Africa. It is a great honour to be recognised and represent the country Kenya for this prestigious award.”
Plateau, Nigeria was ranked at number one in the OGP Local Innovation Award in Africa for its commitment to increase transparency and accountability in the extractives sector.
Tangier – Tetouan – Al-Haceima, Morroco finished third courtesy of their Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning (MEL) program – a platform for regional development.
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the initiative – two awards were introduced one of them being the OGP Local Innovation Award that sought to put a spotlight on innovative commitments in OGP Local action plans.