In all of these major goals below that are applicable to strategy over 2014 - 2015 OGI plans to disseminate information and encourage the people to provide their thoughts and feedback on how government is meeting their plans, or not, as is necessary. This will be done yet again in the spi rit of the tenets of an open government that promotes transparency, accountability, participation and collaboration.
Major Goal Two - OGI will play a major role in the activities around the review of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone
In the President’s speech at the launching of the Constitutional Review Committee, the following comments were made: “The committee will submit its recommendations to my Government. Government 11 will in turn look into the report, and submit it to parliament. If parliament approves, it will then be put into a referendum for the people to decide the fate of the proposed covenant.” Clearly that speaks to the involvement of OGI relatively deeper than just disseminating information from the committee to the people . Including the role of taking information from the committee to the people, OGI should play its rightful role in showing transparency in the Execut ive (Government) and Legislative (Parliament) and the Judiciary by following the deliberations from the Committee to Cabinet and to Parliament to the people in a referendum.
Major Goal Three - OGI should look into classifying information as a major goal for the right to access information to be effective
Data classification is the grouping of data based on its level of sensitivity and the impact to the Government should that data be disclosed, altered or destroyed without authorization. A classification level must be assigned to information when that infor mation is determined to be classified. A classification level indicates the relative importance of classified information to national security and thereby determines the specific security requirements applicable to that information. Clearly defined classif ication levels are essential to an effective classification system. Government should consider using the U.S. classification model of information system, which has three levels -- Top Secret, Secret, and Confidential or something more suitable and approp riate . OGI need not necessarily be the one creating the levels of classification, but they should either contract the work out or be involved in the deliberations of the effort to classify data and then disseminate to the public to the extent possible.
Major Goal Four - OGI must create a diaspora strategy that would make it conducive for Sierra Leoneans living abroad to participate in the governance of their homeland
Drawing on its long - standing experience, the International Office of Migration (IOM) has formulated a comprehensive strategic approach centered on the 3Es for action: to Enable, Engage and Empower transnational communities as agents for development – with each area involving a range of interventions by governments and other stakeholders, supported by IOM through policy advice and programming.
Enable: The OGI, working with the ODA will create appropriate conditions that are essential to enable transnational communities to become effective agents for development. The degree to which diaspora can contribute is directly related to the ability of members of these communities to develop their full potential and acquire the necessary skills and resources to serve as architects of economic and social progress. Steps to enhance the well - being of members of the diaspora include reducing the vulnerability of migrant communities by guaranteeing their access to essential services such as healthcare, and ensuring respect for their social rights to maximize their potential as agents for development.
Engage: Knowing and understanding transnational communities is crucial to engaging effectively with them and developing the appropriate outreach strategies towards diaspora. OGI has access to data gathered on diaspora communities that have assessed their socioeconomic profile and their willingness to contribute to the development of their countries of origin, and to improve the understanding of communication pathways within diaspora communities.
OGI’s outreach can take place in Sierra Leone through bodies that connect with returning members of the diaspora , including i nvestors, skilled professionals or academics. In countries where diaspora members reside, OGI’s outreach strategy could require the strengthening ‘of Sierra Leonean E mbassies and C onsulates, including training attachés, whose portfolios now increasingly in clude service provision to the Sierra Leonean diaspora .
Empowering: With the right conditions in place, transnational communities (such as Sierra Leoneans’ in the diaspora as proven) will spontaneously transfer resources and strengthen links between their countries of origin and destination regardless and often in spite of administrative, regulatory and other constraints. However, the Government of Sierra Le one can empower this process by introducing special measures and programmes in a variety of fields. For OGI, an organization that is seeking to engage the Sierra Leonean diaspora, it is imperative that they expand their mandate to open up the Government of Sierra Leone with the tenets of open government i ) transparency, ii) accountabili ty , iii) participation and iv) collaboration to all Sierra Leoneans regardless of where they reside.