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Mashing up aid and budget data: opportunities, challenges and pathways forward

In the world of aid and development data, many organizations are striving towards the same goal: to use transparency and open data to make more efficient aid decisions and allocations. There are many suppliers of aid information - from data on aid and budgets to results. But how easy is to compare across these data sources to make meaningful development decisions?

This Week: Parasites and Looting, AKA Corruption

(UNECA reports launched last week in Addis Ababa. Photo: @peterspeyer

While in last week’s post we applauded one oil company for taking a huge leap in transparency, it’s a small (albeit very important) drop in a large bucket of issues around natural resources in developing countries.  Oxfam hasn’t forgotten that there is still a fight in the US to make oil payments open.

This week: Transparency strikes oil!

Transparency saw a win this last week when the oil company Statoil disclosed project-level payments it makes to governments it works in. Organizations like Oxfam America and National Resource Governance Institute applauded the oil company for leading the way and proving that it can be done.

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This Week: MOOCs, Maps & Robots, Oh My!

Today the new World Bank Citizen Engagement MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) starts, and with it we’ll hopefully see a few new ideas and projects to further citizen engagement from those participating in Track 2 (the Policy and Leadership track). If you’re eager to learn more about Citizen Engagement but aren’t ready to plan a project,

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Money, Ideas & Reform: What does it take to influence lasting change?

International development is about influencing change. Government officials mobilize political will and seek to create an enabling environment for reforms and reform champions. Donors provide money and ideas to encourage changes in development policy and practice. Civil society activists agitate for better policies and public services.

Poverty in Pakistan: Numerous Efforts, Many Numbers, Not Enough Results

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in reducing absolute poverty. Fifty million fewer people lived in poverty in 2011 than in 1991 and  the share of the poor living on less than $1.25 a day plummeted from 66.5% in 1987 to 12.7% in 2011.  Despite these advances,

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