Is Italian development aid ready to embrace "open development"? It all depends how you understand the potentially tricky term...
We've been exploring how to present our training materials online in an engaging way - here are some things we've learned so far.
Kenneth Okwaroh from Development Initiatives – Africa Hub explores the sparks needed to ignite and drive momentum towards rapid realisation of the data revolution in a post 2015 framework
Christian Kreutz, the person behind the new OpenAidData.org platform, explains what it is, and why he made it.
As the world of development actors continues to grow and expand, it is more important than ever to make aid smarter. One way to help improve aid is through data sharing, but in the midst of a data revolution, how does one make sense of it all?
We're very happy to launch today a new website for the Open Development Toolkit, which which includes a number of new features to help people make use of, and contribute to, the project. Here's a quick run through of the new features - we hope you like it!
With whom does the accountability when global development projects have adverse effects on the communities they are intended to help? A look into examples of when global development projects have gone wrong, and the consequences; despite transparency and accountability initiatives, people suffering from the unintended negative effects of the projects have almost zero opportunities for compensation.
What's been going on in the world of Open Development over the past couple of weeks? Here's a short summary of some of our favourite articles, projects and posts.
Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, recently signed a bill that imposes harsh penalities for "homosexual offences", using the terms "mercenaries" and "prostitutes" to describe gay people. His homophobic comments, as well as those from his cabinet, have been met with international contempt, with Barack Obama warning that US-Uganda ties may be damaged, Norway announcing that they will be withholding $8m in development aid, Denmark diverting $9m away from the government towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organisations, and the Netherlands also announcing that they will be witholding aid.
We've been hard at work consolidating notes from the IATI TAG, speaking to many of you within the open development community, and as a result, and we have some plans for the next couple of months that we wanted to share, including the new Online IATI tools page!
The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) recently released a new report, “World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2013”. The report highlights the limits of the data included from the very beginning, but despite this, there are some interesting conclusions and points mentioned throughout.
This blog, written by Josje Spierings, first appeared on Open for Change's blog last August; many of the tools mentioned here are still relevant, and we like it as an introduction to the wide variety of IATI tools out there!
Today, February 11th, is The Day We Fight Back; a global online and offline protest against mass surveillance. It has been organised primarily as a protest against NSA surveillance - so, you might wonder, what does that have to do with Open Development data?
Last Monday and Tuesday saw a group of developers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and NGO workers come together in Montréal for the Open Data for Development Challenge, hosted by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). The event centred around a 36 hour "codathon" around various technical challenges, as well as a series of panel discussions.
Over the last three weeks we have looked at the background to the AidView project, its development and how other people and organisations could build tools from IATI data. This week we are looking at the lessons we’ve learnt along the way.
In last week’s post we looked at the process that aidinfo went through when creating the AidView database and AidView web application. This week we are going to examine the different stages that IATI data goes through before it is presented in the AidView web application, to explain how the application works. We also explore the pros and cons for developers who might want to work with the data at any of these points.
Last week we looked at some of the background to the AidView project. This week we are going to describe the process that we went through in creating both the first version of AidView, in time for Busan in November 2011 [pdf], and the current version.
Over the next four weeks we will be publishing a series of blog posts that looks at the aims of the project, how it was tackled, what it achieved and the lessons that have been learnt.
The Department for International Development (DFID) has launched a new website - Development Tracker - in beta form. The site provides a window on British aid spending, presenting users with detailed information on international development projects funded by the UK government. It draws on data published to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) by DFID, other UK government departments, and some of DFID's delivery partners (NGOs that receive and spend UK aid funds).