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Transparency: You cannot unring the bell

A strange thing happened today. For a while, I have drawn a fairly bright line between my social networks: facebook was for college friends; twitter business friends. On twitter, I’d end up seeing all the news I needed — and then some — about open government, civic technology, and the like, but on facebook very little of the same. That changed today. Today I saw on...

You don’t have to be tech-savvy to benefit from...

Open data can help you even if you know nothing about data, because it can power tools and resources that are usable by anyone. This was on clear display recently at TransportationCamp , an unconference that focuses on the intersection of transportation and technology. Several developers from Mapzen  ran a session presenting some of the open-source mapping tools they’ve been working...

How online poll ensures health projects’...

By Kanayo Umeh, Abuja | 26 January 2017 | 3:55 am The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations programme that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. In Nigeria, the organisation works to promote a world in which every child has a fair chance in life from distributing life-saving aid to women and children in...

Let’s get vertical

February 7, 2017 | Joy Aceron and Francis Isaac Transparency, participation and accountability (TPA) to make governments responsive and effective is a reform solution that has been popular in recent decades. A diverse range of TPA initiatives have shown mixed results; some worked, others failed. The gains made along the way varied from functional, to instrumental, to transformational ....

Participatory Budgeting: The Next ‘Big Thing’...

Australian governments of all levels are increasingly familiar with two trends in public budgeting. Firstly, the pressure to deliver 'more with less' in public budgets; secondly, an increased realisation by communities that they have a democratic right to participate in public policy decisions. In local government, processes of participatory budgeting (PB) are emerging, designed to assist...

Citizen Engagement: A Game Changer for Development

Learn about citizen engagement and critically analyze how it can be leveraged most effectively to achieve development results. This social sciences course explores citizen engagement and the role citizens can play in actively shaping public policy. Throughout the course, you will learn about cutting edge research and theories related to citizen engagement, and examples of ways citizens and...

Open Data Brings Change to Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia, 31 January 2017 - Setiaji, Head of the Jakarta Smart City Management Unit, recalls how difficult it was to obtain government data when he was a college student. “I literally had to go to several different offices. Data is everywhere, but when we need them, we have to go everywhere.” Now, as part of the Jakarta Government, he regards making better use of data as...

Technology Component of Social Accountability...

A new form of the Social Accountability Project, using the social media platform as a tool for monitoring, is being implemented in the Bolgatanga Municipality and the Bongo District of the Upper East Region. The Project dubbed: “Testing the Value Addition of Technology in Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (SPEFA),” is being implemented by the Development...

New Report: Making Citizen-Generated Data Work

We are pleased to announce a new research series investigating how citizens and civil society create data to drive sustainable development. The series follows on from earlier papers on Democratising The Data Revolution and how citizen-generated data can change what public institutions measure . The first report “ Making Citizen-Generated Data Work ” asks what makes citizens...

Developing transparency through digital means?...

Abstract A number of NGOs across the world currently develop digital tools to increase citizen interaction with official information. The successful operation of such tools depends on the expertise and efficiency of the NGO, and the willingness of institutions to disclose suitable information and data. It is this institutional interaction with civic technology that this study  examines....

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