As Publish What You Fund and others in the aid transparency community turn their energies toward improving data use, Ruth Levine and Joseph Asunka of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation present six practical ideas that could speed up progress. These ideas could go a long way to increase the use of data by government officials, and the organisations and citizens working to hold their government officials accountable for results.
Imagine unwrapping your favourite chocolate bar to find that instead of the delicious chocolate treat you were expecting, you get a bitter mouthful of something horrible. They’ve forgotten the sugar – yikes! This very rarely happens because, like all good products, they get randomly sampled to check the quality is the same throughout. Just as […]
This blog was co-authored by Elise Dufief and Rupert Simons. We would like to thank Andy Lulham for research support and Niels Keijzer from the German Development Institute for comments on an earlier draft. It is now two years since the European Union (EU) set up the ‘EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa’ (Emergency Trust […]
This blog is by Sally Paxton, US Representative and James Coe, Senior Advocacy Advisor We have recently launched a new project which will combine open aid data with in-country research to assess the impact of potential changes to the US foreign assistance budget. Our first step has been to look into a range of sources of […]
Comment fait-on, nous, organisations de la société civile, pour assurer un suivi des projets de développement et de la prestation des services de base auprès de nos communautés avec si peu d’information?, questionne un représentant de la société civile béninoise tout en montrant la carte ci-dessous contenant les informations recueillies par son organisation. Aujourd’hui, il […]
This blog is by our CEO Rupert Simons and Research and Monitoring Manager Elise Dufief. Last month, heavy rain opened a pothole near our office. We reported it to the local authority, using the ‘FixMyStreet’ app from MySociety. Two weeks later, the authority’s maintenance department sent an email saying “Thank you for your complaint. Unfortunately this […]