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Transparency and Access to information

13

Oct

Governance Practitioner’s Notebook: Alternative Ideas and Approaches

The Governance Practitioner’s Notebook takes an unusual approach for the OECD-DAC Network on Governance (GovNet). It brings together a collection of specially written notes aimed at those who work as governance practitioners within development agencies. It does so, however, without attempting to offer definitive guidance – instead aiming to stimulate thinking and debate. To aid this process the book is centred on a fictional Governance Adviser. The Notebook’s format provides space for experts to speak on today’s governance issues: politics, …

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7

Sep

Too Much Information – Making Transparency Good for You

This article discusses the access to information and when Transparency can create an illusion of protection that leaves consumers more vulnerable. Photo: the amazing nocò

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23

Jul

The Uncertain Relationship between Transparency and Accountability

The concepts of transparency and accountability are closely linked: transparency is supposed to generate accountability. This article questions this widely held assumption. Transparencymobilises the power of shame, yet the shameless may not be vulnerable to public exposure.Truth often fails to lead to justice. After exploring different definitions and dimensions of thetwo ideas, the more relevant question turns out to be: what kinds of transparency lead towhat kinds of accountability, and under what conditions? The article concludes by proposingthat the concept …

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23

Jul

Budget transparency– New frontiers in transparency and Accountability

This paper makes clear the gains of the past ten years in the budget monitoring sector. It concludes that the past ten years can be seen as an origination phase during which the sector has built a sound foundation that is well anchored in real demand and with complete ownership by country-level actors...

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16

Jul

Getting a Seat at the Table: Civil Society Advocacy for Budget Transparency in “Untransparent” Countries

This policy note presents the findings of a study undertaken in 10 countries to identify the barriers and challenges that civil society groups face in carrying out advocacy projects...

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