This week in open data and citizen engagement: The importance of listening to the right voice

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As I read the article “Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries” (and I will not be getting into the use of the term “beneficiary”) on the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the section on why the social sector has been slower than the private sector in obtaining routine, reliable, useful feedback made me think that speeding this up entails moving away from the perspective that “beggars can’t be choosers”.

Add your voice to this topic at the Citizen Voices: Global Conference on Citizen Engagement for Enhanced Development Impact this month. Virtual participation will be available to all.
Prompting open data to benefit citizens can happen multiple ways. Hackathons, such as those like the one in DC that took place on International Open Data Day, help gain excitement for open data. The Code4Kenya program embeds Fellows into local systems to provide momentum through consistent expert support.
You can read about the Code4Kenya program and some of the positive takeaways. The AidData and Development Gateway Aid Management Fellow program is based off the same idea behind Code4Africa.
There are a couple of good ‘actually…’ articles this week. The first comes from The Economist which explores a recent report by Brad Parks of William and Mary on whether the “compacts” of the Millennium Challenge Corporation works or not. The second from the Inter-American Development Bank that says sunlight might disinfect, but it can also cast a shadow to be wary of.

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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