February 2017 Archives

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ....

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...

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...

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...

Lessons from Tunisia: Empowering Civil Society...

The surge of populism that led to stunning political upsets in 2016 signals a deep  distrust of institutions such as governments and media . Inequality has never been so strong—according to a recent Oxfam report , the world’s eight richest men possess wealth equal to that of half of the global population. Public anger and its political consequences are apparent worldwide. In...

Going Beyond Open Data to Address Public...

Corruption is the root of global threats, as it causes underdevelopment and damages the environment, it also nourishes public distrust and political extremism. Every year, 2 trillion dollars is paid in bribes. Over 2.6 trillion dollars representing around 3% of the world GDP are siphoned. Corruption does not only affect the least developed and developing countries prone to poverty. It also...

Decentralized Budget Transparency?

By Carlene van de Westhuizen and Albert van Zyl, International Budget Partnership South Africa - Feb 16, 2017 In a recent paper , IBP's Paolo de Renzio and Massimo Mastruzzi of the Work Bank confirmed that there is a great demand from civil society organizations (CSOs) across the developing world for better and more organized budget data. De Renzio and Mastruzzi also concluded that ample...

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