The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

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.

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Tags: data revolutionKenyaWorld BankThe DATA ActUnited States Congress

“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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Tags: open dataNepalKathmanduKathmandu Universitydata revolutioncitizen feedbackWorld Bank

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 aiddata.org.

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Tags: Open Aid PartnershipWorld BankUSAIDHESNAsian Development BankAfrican Development Bank

In 2002, the new Global Fund was a world leader in aid transparency. It had committed to publish a volume and level of technical details on its grants that was unprecedented in international development.

It was my privilege to be part of the Fund at that time and to have my eyes opened to the complexity of delivering on transparency.

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Tags: Global Fundaid transparencyAfricaAidspanGlobal Fund ObserverAid Transparency Index

Someone recently asked me how I would advise NGOs interested in collecting feedback from local communities on development projects. I found this intriguing. Even though citizen engagement is an old concept, does feedback in today’s hyper-connected, technology-enabled world imply the need for new ways of thinking? Moreover,

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Tags: citizen feedbackfeedback loopfeedbacklocal communitiesbeneficiariesForeign AffairsWorld BankICT4GovDRC

This last week saw a lot of good resources, papers, initiatives and infographics that together make a plentiful smorgasbord. So follow along and pick and choose what you’ll fill your plate with. You can't really go wrong.

To start you off is a healthy dose of ICT best practices for development put together by United Methodist Communications.

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Tags: ICT4Dopen governmentGitHubopen datacitizen engagementopen government partnershipODIDevelopment ProgressThe Sunlight FoundationICTWorksGlobal Integrity

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