April 2016 Archives

Changing What Counts

The information systems of public institutions play a crucial role in how we collectively look at and act in the world. They shape the way decisions are made, progress is evaluated, resources are allocated, issues are flagged, debates are framed and action is taken. As a United Nations (UN) report recently put it, “Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for...

What We’re Learning About How Organizations...

March 27, 2016 | Tom Walker Technology is playing an increasingly prominent part in civil society efforts to strengthen citizens' voice and hold governments to account in Africa. But to make a technology-driven project successful, picking the right tool is essential. Even though the tool itself will play only a small part in determining whether a project works or not, the choice is often a...

5 Ways Crowdsourcing Serves Our Governments

Friedrich Hayek wrote in 1945: "The knowledge of the circumstances of which we must make use never exists in concentrated or integrated form.” Today’s networks enable institutions to gain access to the wealth of creativity and insights that exists in the wider society. In our previous blog post we talked about how the democratisation of expertise can help cities in solving...

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Check My Barangay Closing Ceremony

Isang paalala lamang po na sa darating na April 11, 2016 na ang closing ceremony ng Check My Barangay project. Sama-sama nating alamin ang naging resulta ng online at offline voting ng community project proposals at saka balikan ang ugnayan ng CMB at Barangay 177, Caloocan City. Maraming salamat sa pakikilahok sa lahat ng mga aktibidad ng CMB. Markahan niyo na po ang inyong mga kalendaryo at...

Gamification in Citizen Participation

Posted by Wietse Van Ransbeeck on April 5th, 2016 Before getting your hands dirty with building a citizen participation programme, rethink why citizens would participate nota bene. Understanding the motivations and motives of citizens correctly leads to a more effective participation policy. One of the instruments to increase civic engagement is called gamification . By bringing a more...

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Community Scorecard Interface meeting between...

LGU officials and children of Ormoc City were all smiles after the community scorecard interface meeting. The interface meeting is the centerpiece of the community scorecard process in social accountability. In the video below, a child representative presents the FGD results they gathered from children in the barangays on the latter's Yolanda experience and their recommendations for policy...

Call for Applications

ANSA-EAP is looking for: I. Finance Officer Tasks and Functions of Finance Officer: Responsible for the review and implementation of the budgets for the Foundation’s activities based on the plan; Administer receipts, disbursements and reports of ANSA-EAP; Establish internal controls and monitoring mechanisms; Brief and guide Project Managers and other personnel with respect to the...

The Good News in Brazil's Two-Headed Crisis

By Vivek Ramkumar | Contributor April 22, 2016, at 3:54 p.m. The past year has been a tumultuous one for Brazil. The fall in global commodity prices has led to an economic recession in the country. A massive corruption scandal surrounding procurement contracts issued over multiple years by Petrobras, the state-owned oil company, has been uncovered and dominated national news. On the political...

What Do Scandals in Brazil and South Africa...

There's a comment we have heard many times after the results of the Open Budget Survey are published. It goes something like this: How can countries where corruption is rife score so well on your budget transparency index? Surely there must be something wrong with it…” Proponents typically point to countries like Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, and Brazil, which have seen their...

Does e-governance in the Philippines really...

Blog | April 25, 2016 | Vivien Suerte-Cortez More and more, governments around the world are using the internet to become more open, inclusive and responsive. They spend significant amounts of money in designing and developing new, technology-enabled systems to reach out to ordinary people and get them involved in governance processes. The principle is that 'e-governance' is open, inclusive,...

Calls for Increased Budget for School Development

Khmer Times/Mom Kunthear Wednesday, 27 April 2016 Members of civil society have called on the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to increase the budget for development in schools by at least five percent to fix country-wide educational issues.   In response, a ministry official said that doing so will depend on economic growth.   San Chey, Executive Director of the Affiliated...

Corruption Czar’s Sons Appointed as Assistants

by Khy Sovuthy and Zsombor Peter | April 27, 2016 Two sons of Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng have been appointed as assistants to the government graft-fighting body, sparking accusations of nepotism within the very institution meant to stamp out such practices. A royal decree signed by King Norodom Sihamoni on Saturday names Yentieng Puthira and Yentieng Puthirith as two of...

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