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Oct

With Publication Comes Responsibility: Using open data for accountability in Benin and Tanzania – A discussion paper

This paper combines primary research from Benin and Tanzania with secondary research on the use of open data for accountability to explore what happens at country-level once it is published: who is interested in using it, how and what for? If the data is not being used, what are the obstacles and how can they be overcome? The first part makes a contribution to a new framework around using data for accountability in partner countries. It recommends firstly that country-level …

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10

Aug

Evaluating Digital Citizen Engagement : A Practical Guide

With growing demand for transparency, accountability and citizen participation in policy making and service provision, engagement between citizens and their governments, as well as with donors and the private sector that deliver government services, is increasingly important. Increased use of technology brings both opportunities and challenges to citizen engagement processes, including opportunities for collecting, analyzing and evaluating data about these processes. This guide provides practical steps to assess the extent to which digital tools have contributed to citizen engagement and …

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10

Aug

The current state of transparency and participation in public finance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Transparent and participatory PFM systems are integral to good public financial management.  Budget transparency has improved over time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as reflected in the country’s ranking on the latest Open Budget Index (OBI) by the International Budget Partnership (IBP). Despite these developments, the DRC remains in the group of countries that publish limited budget information and provide very few opportunities for participation. This report evaluates progress made in improving budget transparency and participation since the …

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30

May

How Transparency Affects Distributional Politics: A Field Experiment among Elected Politicians in Malawi

How does transparency affect distributional politics? This paper shows that it conditions officials’ decisions to target political supporters and needy communities with development resources. It presents the results of a unique experiment in which 333 locally elected politicians in Malawi made real decisions about the allocation of NGO-provided development materials to schools in their area. Prior to making these decisions, half of the politicians were randomly assigned to be informed that letters about their allocation decisions would be sent to local development …

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20

Apr

Has Kenya’s ICT revolution triggered more citizen participation?

This research briefing is one of four which turn the spotlight on how the state behaves in instances of accountable governance. Each examines a landmark social justice policy process in Africa, asking when and how the state listened, and to which actors; and why, at times, it chose not to listen. How far does Kenya’s information and communications technology revolution transform e-government – implementing decisions with the help of ICTs – into e-governance – using ICTs to help make decisions? …

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