This Week: We Need a Revolution! / Project Pulse: Côte d’Ivoire

Launch of the 2014 Aid Transparency Index (Publish What You Fund)

The Independent Expert Advisory Group on the “Data revolution for development” is giving you only a few days to share your views on what a “revolution” should look like. So here’s your chance to be a revolutionary, channel your inner Beatle per the Data Revolution Group, and act quickly because the deadline is October 15th!

Haishan Fu, a member of the group, outlines three things she wants from the data revolution. Would you agree with her top three? While implicit in some of her recommendations, I feel the need to focus on strengthening both development partners an country’s ability and know-how of integrating data into planning and decision making. While it seems this would be a natural progress, it may take more determined steps to improve process that have been in place for decades.

Just look at the aid transparency movement itself. The 2014 Aid Transparency Index was launched last week, and while some organizations improved leaps and bounds, others remain dismally behind. Noted during the Q&A of the session by Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the need for countries to similarly start publishing their budget data.

The recently published brief “From Numbers to Nurses: Why Budget Transparency, Expenditure Monitoring, and Accountability are Vital to the Post-2015 Framework” would echo that sentiment of a need for transparent budgets.

Slides from the event “The Power of Data: Extractives Data Event in Washington” by the Natural Resource Governance Institute highlights some powerful information how open data can help improve and enlighten extractives governance. This data will become increasingly important as climate change alters the balance of resources globally. One area this is already playing out is in China’s limited water resources which are critical to China’s and therefore the world’s food sources, but may soon begin to be diverted to more urban and similarly important industrial sector.

Project Pulse: Project in Focus

Today we are featuring the third Project in Focus of the Project Pulse series.  This new citizen feedback initiative on allows anyone to weigh in on how development projects are performing and add insights to one of the world’s largest knowledge-sharing sources of data on development resource flows.  Take a look at the third Project in Focus: Post-Crisis Multisector Institutional Support Project.  This initiative in Côte d’Ivoire was started in 2007 by the African Development Fund with the goals of restoring public services in education, health, and rural development; eliminating gender-based violence; and restoring functions of the state.

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. Project Pulse profiles are written by Katie Paulson-Smith, Special Assistant to AidData's Co-Executive Director and based at the College of William & Mary.

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