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On accountability under uncertainty

I’m a big fan of accountability when it comes to aid and development. We should be asking if our interventions have impact, and identifying interventions that are effective means of addressing particular development challenges. Of course, this is a bit like arguing for clean air and clean water. Seriously, who’s going to argue for dirtier water or air. Who really argues for ineffective aid and development spending?

Nobody.

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13 ways to unlock the potential of open government

13 ways to unlock the potential of open government | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Nine experts offer their thoughts on making open data initiatives work for all citizens
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For open government you must 'keep our feet to the fire', says Nick Hurd

For open government you must 'keep our feet to the fire', says Nick Hurd | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
At the OGP summit in London the UK minister for civil society praises activists for challenging government to be transparent
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Aid Transparency Index | Results

Aid Transparency Index | Results | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Despite the progress we have seen over the past few years, it is not enough to encourage organisations to simply release data – we now need to look at how useful that information is. For example, publishing information in PDFs is more transparent than not publishing it at all, but the information is not necessarily that useful if it is difficult to access, analyse and reuse. In contrast, IATI publishers organise and publish their information more consistently, particularly at the activity level. This is why the format, quality and comparability of information are as important as availability and coverage.

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Belgium is ranking 38 - transparency index: 23.4 %

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Development jargon decoded: accountability

Development jargon decoded: accountability | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In this week's foray into development parlance, Les Roopanarine examines why accountability comes equipped with bulging biceps and a neck thicker than most people's thighs
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Making All Voices Count - A Grand Challenge For Web Development

Making All Voices Count - A Grand Challenge For Web Development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling-up, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.
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When do Transparency and Accountability Initiatives have impact?

When do Transparency and Accountability Initiatives have impact? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Service delivery is perhaps the field in which Transparency and Accountability Initiatives have been longest applied, including Expenditure Tracking Surveys, citizen report cards, score cards, community monitoring and social audits.

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"I'm passionate about openness"

"I'm passionate about openness" | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Sweden is pushing ahead with renewing aid, and openness is a thread that runs throughout the discussion.
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Faut-il réévaluer l'évaluation? par Jacqueline Liénard

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More US international aid data released – now what? A user's perspective

More US international aid data released – now what? A user's perspective | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Three US government agencies released loads of data on their foreign aid programs last month. So what happens when a Parliamentarian or a Minister of a country receiving US development assistance wants to use that information? -

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How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance)

How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance) | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

If private markets can produce the iPhone, why can’t aid organizations create and implement development initiatives that are equally innovative and sought after by people around the world? The key difference is feedback loops. Well-functioning private markets excel at providing consumers with a constantly improving stream of high-quality products and services. Why? Because consumers give companies constant feedback on what they like and what they don’t. Companies that listen to their consumers by modifying existing products and launching new ones have a chance of increasing their revenues and profits; companies that don’t are at risk of going out of business. Is it possible to create analogous mechanisms that require aid organizations to listen to what regular citizens want—and then act on what they hear?

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Prioritise citizen feedback to improve aid effectiveness

Prioritise citizen feedback to improve aid effectiveness | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Aid is often a one-way street where citizens have little influence over practice. How do you make NGOs, donors and governments more responsive?
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How to ... be transparent

How to ...  be transparent | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
What is the best way for organisations to build capacity for transparency? Avoid the one-off workshop and build sustainable practices, says Claire Schouten
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Open Data and Citizen Engagement - Disentangling the Relationship

Open Data and Citizen Engagement - Disentangling the Relationship | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
This post is part of our series, OpenGov Conversations, an ongoing discourse featuring contributions from transparency and accountability researchers and practitioners around the world.
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Open Government Partnership should foster accountability and social justice

Jonathan Gray: Intended to meet the needs of citizens, the movement has come to embody digital rather than political openness

Senior government officials and campaigners from about 60 countries gathered in London last week for the second annual summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Voluntary commitments were announced on increased political transparency, and talks planned about freedom of information, civic participation, whistleblower protection and corporate accountability.

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The open society and its enemies

The open society and its enemies | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

THIS week sees a cornucopia of open-data celebrations. Britain’s Open Data Institute is announcing numerous  affiliate programs around the world. The McKinsey Global Institute is publishing a much-anticipated report on open data (which it defines, controversially, to include private-sector data that can be licensed). AidData, a group that tracks charitable and governmental programs, is updating its massive database.

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Technology could empower Africans to hold their governments to account

Technology could empower Africans to hold their governments to account | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
As mobile phones become almost ubiquitous across Africa, Loren Treisman looks at how social media can help citizens engage better in democratic processes
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Rethinking social accountability in Africa

This visual summary explains the main messages of 'Rethinking social accountability in Africa: lessons from the Mwananchi Programme', a major new report exploring what works for creating better outcomes for poor people by helping them hold their governments to account.

Despite economic progress in Africa, rising inequality is slowing the rate at which growth delivers better services to poor people. After millions of dollars of donor investment, ordinary citizens across the continent are still missing opportunities to hold their governments to account in a consistent and meaningful way.

What's going wrong? And what can be done to change it?

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What do beneficiaries value as quality aid ? | BTC blog from Alberto Musatti

What do beneficiaries value as quality aid ? | BTC blog from Alberto Musatti | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

It is well known that donors giving budget support regularly evaluate beneficiary government’s performance. It is less known that some of these beneficiary countries (including Mozambique), inspired by the Paris Declaration principle of mutual accountability, evaluate donors’ performance. What do beneficiary countries such as Mozambique value as quality aid?

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Cash transfers: good governance and accountability in short supply

Cash transfers: good governance and accountability in short supply | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Giving money directly to those who need it can reduce poverty, but programmes lag when it comes to involving local communities

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Norway blazes a trail with audit of developing world debt

Norway blazes a trail with audit of developing world debt | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Anti-poverty campaigners hail independent appraisal of debts owed to Norway as they call for global debt transparency
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Memo to the UN: accountability is key to effective development goals

Memo to the UN: accountability is key to effective development goals | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Thomas Pogge and Mitu Sengupta: Policymakers must assign specific tasks to specific people if proposed future development targets are not to fall flat
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The Impact and Effectiveness of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

The Impact and Effectiveness of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

This issue of Development Policy Review arises from a study of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) in different development sectors. It analyses existing evidence, discusses how approaches to learning about TAIs might be improved, and recommends how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced.

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Is Good Governance Necessary for Economic Progress in Africa?

Is Good Governance Necessary for Economic Progress in Africa? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The third wave of democracy arrived in Africa in the early 1990s, well after the pursuit of pro-market reforms advocated by western aid agencies and international organizations. When that wave subsided, a good governance agenda of the rule of law, accountability, transparency, and human rights persisted. A third of the states of sub-Saharan Africa are today substantially democratic while the rest consists of quasi-democratic, electoral authoritarian, autocratic, and failed states.

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Aid transparency is central to development work

Aid transparency is central to development work | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Open data helps to establish accountability, but more resources are needed to push the transparency agenda

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a relative newcomer in the development sector. It was launched in 2004 under the Bush presidency. But the agency has used its late comer advantage wisely. It has benefited from the lessons learnt from 50 years of trial and error in the field of development, and identified transparency as a key area where there is capacity to do better.

 

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