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Does Citizen Feedback Circumvent or Reinforce Representative Democracy?

The original version of this post appears on Storify here

Feedback initiatives seek to amplify citizen voices in shaping development priorities, monitoring progress and evaluating results. How does this intersect with other elements of democracy, such as parliamentarians elected to represent their constituencies?

This Week: Three data lessons from Kenya’s 2009 census

I stumbled upon a fascinating post about birth certificates in Kenya last week. According to Brett Keller’s post, since many Kenyans don’t have a birth certificate and might not be aware of the exact date they were born, the 2009 census provided a list (pg.

A Lesson from Nepal’s Data Revolution: Getting Aid Information to the Right People

“We read [about aid] in the newspaper, but we want to see what is really happening,” explained Dr. Sagar Sharma, Kathmandu University Associate Dean of the School of the Arts, at an Open Data Working Group in Kathmandu, Nepal earlier this year. In other words – how can citizens understand what foreign aid is doing in Nepal?

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AidData and the Open Aid Partnership Join Forces to Strengthen Capacity for Open Development

AidData has a long history of working with donors such as the World Bank African Development Bank Asian Development Bank and USAID (through the Higher Education Solutions Network) in collecting and visualizing granular information on who is funding what and where via

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