Friday, June 15, 2012
World Bank Managing Director Caroline Anstey argued that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of open data’s full potential, and that more data are needed—she says that we still “know much too little to be comfortable that policy is being informed by the facts on the ground.” It sounds like the new Mobile and Development Intelligence open data platform might help with that. This platform will enable users to manipulate, visualize and export datasets on mobile devices in many developing countries. The new managing director of Publish What You Fund, Dr. David Hall Matthews, wrote about the progress the U.S. has made in aid transparency and outlined next steps to move the agenda forward. Lucy Bernholz, a self-described “philanthropy wonk,” put together a lengthy list of ways that data can change philanthropy; she quickly followed this with a post on why foundations should do more to use data and evidence to inform their resource allocation, policy, and programmatic decisions.
Last week, AidData participated in a Technology Salon about the likely impact of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) on U.S.-based development agencies (check out this great summary of the event). A study conducted by CIPESA and the Association of Progressive Communications showed that Uganda is ready in many ways to implement a national Open Government Data program, but political factors—the fear of potential negative effects of opening government data—might make it difficult to implement such a program.
Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations reviewed the record of Conditional Cash Transfer programs in Latin America, while across the ocean, UNHCR called for donors to scale up the emergency response to the surge in numbers of refugees entering South Sudan. Meanwhile, in Khartoum, the government of Sudan expelled seven of the 14 aid agencies operating in its eastern region.
Taryn Davis is a Communications Intern at Development Gateway.