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Stories and Stats: The surprising ways citizens...

Engaging citizens—particularly around an issue like improved health care—is a tricky endeavor. Accountability is a key piece of the equation, but the term conjures up a lot of preconceived notions, many of which are negative and could lead government officials to quash efforts before they even begin. In this post, we take a closer look at how the citizens of 100 villages in...

Breaking Out of the Middle-Income Trap: Open...

This blog is adapted from Sanjay Pradhan's remarks at the Asian Development Bank Annual Meetings in Yokohoma, Japan on May 5. The last mile to break out of the middle-income trap to reach high-income has proven daunting and ultimately elusive for many countries.  To traverse this uphill journey, middle income countries (MICs) face three major imperatives: first, accelerate private...

Tracking Spending on the Sustainable...

In September 2015 countries from around the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda is a set of 17 aspirational “Global Goals” that cover such critical sectors as education, health, and sanitation and seek to address shared global challenges like climate change, gender inequality, and...

Public schools improve facilities for delivered...

Public schools positively responded to the citizen monitoring of computers delivered to selected senior high schools. Prior to delivery, many schools’ facilities were found to be below DepEd standards to maintain the computers. The Department of Education partnered with the United Nations Development Programme to procure the computers. To ensure care for the delivered computers, they...

Volunteers reflect on challenges of school...

Volunteers were tapped to serve as third-party monitors for the initiative dubbed as Pocomon Go! Creatively playing with the name of a popular mobile phone game, the initiative stands for People-powered Computer Monitoring for Good Governance. Its mission was to track the delivery of computer packages to 66 senior high schools in Metro Manila. Each school received 51 computers, a printer, LCD...

Kenya: How Much Budget Information are Counties...

Access to timely and comprehensive information is crucial if the wider public in Kenya are to meaningfully participate in government decision making. The constitution of Kenya and the 2012 Public Finance Management Act require each of Kenya’s 47 counties to publish budget information during the formulation, approval, implementation, and audit stages of the budget cycle. This information...

Introducing the Open Government Metric: A...

In 2016, Mexico endorsed the OGP Paris Declaration for two reasons. We are founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and by legal mandate, Mexican public institutions must engage in open government. The General Law of Transparency and Access to Information states that all public institutions, no matter their level or branch of government, must implement open government...

Open it to fix it: How Nigerians are shedding...

O n a hot, dry day in February 2017, Nonye Onumonu boards a small wooden boat on the brackish waters of the Ezichi River, heading towards Umuem Anam, a remote community in southeast Nigeria. It’s a world away from the sprawling highways, grand buildings and manicured lawns of the country’s modern capital, Abuja, where the young woman began her journey. Onumonu is a procurement...

An effective and powerful independent...

By Ricardo Barrientos [1] The relationship between political power and fiscal transparency has always been there, or at least, has been an issue for theoretic or academic debate. But since 2015, Guatemala offered a very concrete case which showed this relationship, perhaps in a dramatic way. The whole world heard how Guatemalans exercised citizenship in an exemplary and pacific way, by...

Digital technologies exclude

The research that I am working on examines the use of digital technologies by Filipinos to improve transparency and accountability - including the use of ‘citizen engagement technologies’. The Philippines is a particularly interesting place to study citizen engagement technologies due the very high levels of mobile internet usage and the role played by ‘ Generation Txt’...

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