Open Up! conference news

Justine Greening, U.K. Secretary of State for International Development, today launched DfID’s new Open Aid Information platform at the Open Up! conference in London.

The platform will provide detailed information on specific DfID projects in developing countries as well as activities by DfID partners, such as multilateral development banks and private sector contractors.

DfID is the highest ranked aid agency in the 2012 Aid Transparency Index, thanks to its efforts to open aid data to the public, which included making data from DfID-funded research programs available.

“I am determined to use Britain’s aid to help citizens have a say in their future, speak up when they face crime or incompetence and make it easier to trade and grow businesses,” Greening said in a statement.

In addition the platform, Greening announced:

  • DfID’s support for a mobile survey application, called MyWorld, which will allow people from Africa, Asia and Latin America to voice their opinions on what should be included in the post-2015 development agenda.
  • A development challenge that will encourage the development of applications designed to boost government accountability. The challenge, Making All Voices Count, is a collaboration among DfID, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Swedish government and Omidyar Network.

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