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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’...

How-to: Get Things Done with Government Teams

You finally did it. The Department Secretary and some senior officials are sold on your project. They said yes to adapting it in the offices inside their government department. You’re on cloud nine! Now you’ve gone on initial meetings with a few middle managers who are critical to project implementation and you could observe that they are sizing you up and showing initial behaviors...

Investing in Children and Budget Transparency...

Africa is undergoing a seismic demographic shift. Over the next 35 years, the under-18 population will grow by more than two-thirds to reach almost 1 billion by 2050. As these children reach working age, countries across the continent can benefit from accelerated economic growth via a demographic dividend. However, realizing this potential is only possible if more and better investments are...

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Call for Applications

Accounting and Administrative Officer Tasks and Functions of Accounting and Administrative Officer Assists the Finance officer and Bookkeeper in the administering of receipts, disbursements and reports of ANSA-EAP such as but not limited to the following: preparation and issuance of official receipts, bank deposits, receiving and initial review of financial documents, custodianship of petty...

The Open Contracting Innovation Challenge

A $60,000 Challenge Prize from the Open Contracting Partnership and the Open Data Institute Looking for entrepreneurs, government innovators, data journalists, civic technologists, hackers, open data enthusiasts, citizen activists who understand the transformational impact on people’s lives that better public contracting can have in terms of scale and impact. Particularly interested in...

Slow & quick action, open & opaque agencies

by The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition and The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Friday, March 17th, 2017 SUPER QUICK or interminably slow action, a few or all documents, and clear or vague policies and lines of authority — a mix of good and bad practices marked the conduct of state agencies and personnel that recently received access to information requests from six...

Why doesn’t Public Finance Improvements always...

February 28, 2017 by Doug Hadden My post yesterday described how smart public finances - through improvements in Public Financial Management (PFM) – can lead to better citizen services . The operative word is “can”. Evidence shows that citizen service delivery is complex.  It is somewhat frustrating that “there is surprisingly little academic research on why...

E-bureaucracy: Can digital technologies spur...

Submitted by Zahid Hasnain On Thu, 02/16/2017 "By introducing an automated customer management system we took a noose and put it around our own necks. We are now accountable!" This reflection from a manager in the Nairobi Public Water and Sewerage utility succinctly captures the impact of MajiVoice, a digital system that logs customer complaints, enables managers to assign the issue to a...

Is the big data revolution leaving those most...

by Natalie Elwell, Elizabeth Moses A few years ago, the World Meteorological Organization held a conference on women and climate information services.  A significant number of the event’s discussions centered around the promise of smart phone applications to put weather, climate and agricultural data into the hands of rural farmers, equipping hard-to-reach communities with the...

New Papers Published: FixMyStreet and the...

Here are two new published papers that my colleagues Jon Mellon , Fredrik Sjoberg and myself have been working on. The first, The Effect of Bureaucratic Responsiveness on Citizen Participation , published in Public Administration Review, is – to our knowledge – the first study to quantitatively assess at the individual level the often-assumed effect of government responsiveness on...

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