Friday, July 13, 2012
The International Open Government Data Conference concluded yesterday. Development Gateway and Global Integrity announced the exciting plans for the OpenGov Hub, which will be located in Washington and become the physical and intellectual home for a number of small- to medium-sized organizations working toward a more transparent, accountable, and efficient public sector. We were pleased to hear the work done by CCAPS and AidData in Malawi, and research using the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group dataset (which you can check out here, here, and here), highlighted by Caroline Anstey during her welcoming keynote speech.
The Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan took place on Sunday and produced a Mutual Accountability Framework and a $16 billion commitment from the international community for development assistance over the next four years. In exchange, the Afghan government pledged to fight corruption within the government. On the Center for Global Development’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance blog, Justin Sandefur and Danny Cutherell analyzed how the decrease in foreign assistance to Afghanistan and a narrowing of U.S. ambitions might be a good thing for the fragile country. CARE International, however, felt that the framework lacked specificity, especially in working towards women’s rights.
The Overseas Development Institute produced the Horizon 2025 report, which has spurred discussion about its predictions that global poverty will significantly decrease by 2025, with 600 million people or fewer living in fragile and conflict-affected states. It argues that aid agencies will have to adapt to end extreme poverty. The report identifies the aid agencies of Japan, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and South Korea, and the World Bank’s International Development Association as the donor agencies at high risk of losing relevance by 2025 if they don’t adapt. Tom Murphy highlights the report’s findings on South-South cooperation, public-private partnerships, and traditional donor-recipient relationships. The Guardian’s Global Development blog emphasized how falling poverty numbers coupled with aid increases since 2002 mean official development assistance per poor person has increased and will continue to increase with the possibility of it reaching more than $300 per person a year by 2025. Andrew Rogerson explained why he and Homi Kharas took the risk of claiming possession of a “crystal ball.”
Featured Dataset: On the Monitoring and Evaluations Datasets page of AidData Raw, you can download the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group Project Design, Implementation, Performance and Evaluation Data mentioned above.
Taryn Davis is a Communications Intern at Development Gateway.