June 2014 Archives

Open Government Data: Helping Parents to find...

This article originally appeared on the World Bank Blog and hase been republished with permission from the author. I recently relocated my family from Chisanau to The Hague, leading to the difficult experience of trying to find the best primary school for my son in a new city. This challenge – finding the right school – is probably one of the most important decisions in many...

Geotagging 101

Last 11 March 2014, the World Bank Manila Office introduced the civil society community to the use of geotagging as a project visualization tool. We learned about the efficient, cost-effective tool for project management and contract implementation monitoring using inexpensive smartphones and free downloadable applications. Its successful use in the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department...

Moving beyond street protests: Building social...

At the heart of the upheavals that swept across the Middle East region during the Arab Spring was the call for more transparent, fair and accountable government. In the aftermath of the uprisings, specialists are left to address the issue of transition to democratic rule. In doing so, they have to answer the following questions: how can we systemize the culture of accountability and democratic...

Texting during the session… with a purpose. Citizens are encouraged to use mobile and SMS technology to share their ideas for community development. Here, a senior citizen registers his name and number for the  i-budget.mo online platform.

IBM Project Launched in Caloocan City

The 1st brainstorming session of i-budget.mo was launched Monday, 16 June 2014, at Barangay 176 Bagong Silang, Caloocan City. It was attended by around 140 citizen leaders and 25 members from civil society organizations. Because of the number of attendees and to maximize meaningful participation, the event was divided into two sessions of three hours each. i-budget.mo (IBM) Project is a...

Can Social Accountability Help Ensure Rights...

Over the last two decades, social accountability has emerged as a strategy to make health services more responsive to community needs. "It's an approach that creates a space for interaction between citizen engagement and government responsiveness,” said Jonathan Fox, professor of international development at American University at the Wilson Center May 5. Despite a nearly 50 percent...

Continuous Partnership-Building between ANSA-EAP and the Caloocan City Government.

Caloocan City Supports ANSA-EAP’s IBM Project

After the successful launch of i-budget.mo (IBM) at Barangay 176 Bagong Silang in Caloocan City, Barangay 177 Cielito is set to follow suit. The launch began with the brainstorming session, wherein citizens shared insights and comments on community issues and needs, as well as provided solutions and interventions to address them. It concluded with the highlighting of the IBM online platforms:...

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