This week: Transparency strikes oil!

"Pumpe Hemmingstedt" by Dirk Ingo Franke (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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.

In other transparency news, the IATI Ghana Data Use Workshop 2015 took place last week, and they released a survey titled IATI Since 2008 to assess the impact IATI has had. They are requesting that IATI members, publishers, commentators and other stakeholders participate in the survey by the end of March.

While we’re on the topic, you might want to start planning for the International Open Data Conference coming up in May.  So get your talking points and your business cards in order as a wide range of open data specialists will converge on Ottawa for two days to discuss and share where we’ve been, where we are, but mostly where we’re going in respect to the Data Revolution.

Switching topics, Tanzania’s parliament approved a law that requires firms to satisfy authorities that no local could do the job before employing foreigner.  While this will obviously have many implications, a timely article from the Guardian discusses the importance of migration for strengthening economies. If this gets you wondering about global migration trends, well there is a data visualization for you. Take a look at The Global Flow of People over the years.


Project Pulse Project-In-Focus

A smallholder farmer receives her coupon from the Haitian Minister of Agriculture (Source: Le Nouvelliste)

Today we are featuring the 19th Project in Focus of the Project Pulse series: the Technology Transfer to Small Farmers Program. This project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank in Haiti 2011 to promote improved and sustainable agriculture technology adoption through financial support for eligible farmers who agree to adopt certain technological packages and to strengthen the National Seeds Service.

Today's This Week post was written by Taryn Davis, Senior Associate at Development Gateway and based in Washington, DC. Today's Project Pulse Project-in-Focus spotlight was written by Carolina Panzardi, Policy and Communications intern based at the College of William & Mary.

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