This Week in AidData: Kenya Open Data Struggles; Colombia gets Mapped

Open Data

The entire micro dataset of the Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) has been published on the Open Data Microdata Library. However, as Alanna Shaikh discussed on the blog Blood and Milk, data is not information; information is what data turns into after you analyze it. 
 
Development Gateway and Transparencia por Colombiahave visually mapped development projects, transparency at the local level, and poverty rates in Colombia to see how well they relate to each other.
 
Kenya used crowdsourcing to respond to the transportation strike in Nairobi, and is not the first time crowdsourcing has been used as a social welfare tool in this African country. However, the Kenya open data initiative seems to have hit a road block even though it has seen an increase of over 200 datasets since last year.
 
The Open Knowledge Foundation is creating a crowd-sourced book, The Open Book, on the international open knowledge movement and is requesting contributions on what key events, inventions or decisions have contributed to this movement. 

Transparency

Devex interviewed David Hall-Matthews of Publish What You Fund on why complying with IATI standards will actually make things easier for NGOs, development consultancies, and other partners.
The OECD DAC’s recent High Level Meeting highlighted the importance of transparency. Rachel Rank responds to the references made throughout the meeting on aidinfo’s website. 
 
According to a recent survey in Britain, increased transparency might help bring in some extra dollars to charities. The survey suggests that half of the respondents are put off from giving because they think charities aren’t clear about how donations are spent. 

Aid Effectiveness

California Representative Howard Berman submitted to US congress the Global Partnerships Act of 2012, which would change the US aid system to focus on mutually agreed goals instead of the emphasis on donor-recipient ties, increase accountability and oversight, and eliminate duplication.
 
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