Friday, June 1, 2012
This week, on the Open Knowledge Foundation blog, John Wilbanks considered the importance of opening up data relative to the other challenges of dealing with an unprecedented deluge of information. On the Guardian’s Data Blog, the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Jonathan Gray writes about the limitations of data, reminding us that the mere availability of data is not world-changing—for data to be useful, real human beings are needed to analyze and interpret the numbers, and then to act. The World Banks’ Budget Transparency Initiative is attempting to make budget data not only more open, but also more understandable, with opportunities for citizen feedback. Global Pulse released a white paper that looks at the implications of big data for the international development field, laying out the opportunities and challenges.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Sachs continues to make bold claims about aid effectiveness, while others argue for a more nuanced message, pointing to a number of reasons for improvements in health outcomes in Africa.
Iran is the only donor stepping forward to build a damn in Lebanon. Local stakeholders are asking tough questions about whether Iran's motives are developmental or political in nature.
Taryn Davis is a Communications Intern at Development Gateway.