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“Why isn’t tech for accountability working in Africa?”

Policy briefing by the South African Institute of International Affairs about transparency and accountability technology projects:

It seems that civil society organisations (CSOs) and governments often ‘re-invent the flat tyre’: experimenting with new tools without finding out what has been tried (often unsuccessfully) before.

The conclusion includes recommending a shift from project-oriented towards infrastructure-oriented investments:

[…] those with decision-making power in the wider innovation ecosystem, including donors and governments, need to change their models of support. These changes require an understanding that innovation is a long-term process that involves a commitment to learning and improvement within organisations and between organisations. Currently, there appears to be too much focus on a product-based search for inventions.

Source: policy briefing (via Eldis)

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IATI at the Accountability Hack

Yesterday I attended the first Accountability Hack in The Netherlands, at the Court of Audit in The Hague. With a bit more than a week to go before the official publication of the government budget of 2017 (already leaked to the press the day before the #AccHack), and an election year coming up, it’s a great time to have a go at using the government’s open data to see if we can find out how the money is actually spent.

Source: IATI at the Accountability Hack