The Steering Committee and sub-committees held a reasonable number of meetings, one of which resolved to organize a nationwide sensitization and consultations.
The rational of these activities was to ensure the process becomes participatory, collaborative in addition to creating a well-informed citizenry and to further solicit their views on the prospects and challenges around the importance of becoming a member of the OGP.
The organization further solicited inputs, suggestions and recommendations of Youth, Women, Disable groups, Students and other stakeholders including traditional heads, religious leaders and civil society organizations outside the steering committee to participate in the process.
Following the sensitization and consultations nationwide, OGI engaged and further solicit the input of Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora on the new national venture
Amongst those countries are Britain, the United States of America, Belgium, Holland and Guinea. The steering committee thereafter developed a Draft National Action Plan, which was presented to his Excellency for validation .
The document was validated by His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on the 29th April, 2014 and submitted on deadline date to the OGP Secretariat in Washington in April 30, 2014.
Prior to the selection of the grand challenges, The Open Government Initiative (OGI) kick-started the process by organizing a triangular video conference at the World Bank office essentially to tap Ghana’s experiences in developing their action plans.
The outcome of the meeting led to the proposed identification of relevant ministries, Departments Agencies and civil society organizations that made up the steering committee, with a composition of 17 government departments and 17 civil society organizations.
The committee’s mandate was to ensure the development of the country’s National Action Plan, hence the establishment of sub-committees to work on various aspects leading to the drafting of the OGP National Action Plan.