This week in aid, transparency and open development

With the one-year anniversary of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, many have reflected on the outcomes, challenges, and progress made since.

Aid Effectiveness
Tom Murphy of A View From The Cave remarked on how the aid landscape has changed, especially in regards to accountability, and gives examples of how this has played out in Rwanda and Uganda.

Lidia Fromm Cea of the Honduras Ministry of Social Development commented on two commitments and three challenges attached to the Busan Outcome Document through a Honduran perspective, with a shout out to Development Gateway.

IATI, supported by the Busan Outcomes, celebrated it's 100th development organization to publish their data to the IATI standard. However, aidinfo is more excited about how the DRC is using IATIin their aid information management.

Francis Maude discussed the launch of the Independent Reporting Mechanism, where civil society researchers scrutinize each Open Government Partnership member, as well as the launch of the Open Data Institute that will take place this week.


Looks like Britain is taking strides towards increased government transparency, however, according to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 to be released this week, its Nordic countries that are among the "most clean" when it comes to public sector corruption.

Which begs the question, will increased transparency improve corruption perception, or decrease it based on things brought to light? The hope being that if the latter happens, it will then lead to changes that will decrease corruption. It means countries must risk a drop in perception to eventually get to a place where corruption is decreased.

Open Development

Helpful in this discussion may be this paper, written by Dieter Zinnbauer of Transparency International in October, which explores government use of ICTs for integrity and accountability and what expectations might be appropriate in regards to its effectiveness.

Similarly, Kiwanja discussed on his blog what has happened with *innovation* becoming a trigger word and how innovation should be seen as "an outcome rather than a tool, and an ongoing process rather than a single moment of inspiration."

Weekly updates are written by Taryn Davis of Development Gateway, email her your tips for next week's update to get a shout-out in the post.

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