We’ve all said it. How boring is this conference – sitting in a hot, windowless room, a unenthused speaker reading off the same PowerPoint he or she’s been using since the late 1990’s. The truth is there is always something to learn; however, it’s just not necessarily during the presentation. What’s interesting to us is… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Anticorruption
In July, I sat in a room with some of the leading academics in the corruption studies field. In 2012, some of them had embarked on a five-year adventure aimed at identifying patterns in the successes and failures of anti-corruption efforts. Three years on, they invited their peers to Berlin to provide feedback, and allowed… Read more »
Most people don’t know a lot about Moldova. One prominent story to make international news recently, was a widespread scandal involving the theft of US $1 billion from three of the country’s leading banks. Thus, few might realize that the small country between Romania and Ukraine also happens to be at the forefront of the data… Read more »
Working with local authorities can be frustrating. Anti-corruption activists often find the reforms they support undermined by administrative inefficiency and encumbered by bureaucratic malaise. Municipalities are easily overtaken by corrupt systems. Citizens do not get access to basic services and businesses operate in a predatory environment.
Are you an open data champion from Europe and/or Central Asia looking an e-place to call home? Without further ado, let me welcome you to ODECA. Kick off your shoes, get comfortable, and stay a while!
In the not-too-distant future, data generated by governments, businesses, and citizens will be used to provide quicker, more holistic understandings of the world around us. At UNDP, we are hard at work exploring the potential of the data revolution, and how that data can be used in measuring the new sustainable development goals (SDGs).
It’s been almost a year since we asked citizens in three pilot Ukrainian municipalities what they wanted to know about their city budgets. These results have now turned into tangible tools.
Less than a year ago I could have barely told you what “Open Data” meant. Today I’m helping to organize an open data for development training. As we get ready for the big event, which will take place in Istanbul next week, I’ve been reflecting on my own journey and what open data means to… Read more »
A recent economic forecast for Central Asia from the IMF wasn’t exactly optimistic: “Gloomy, with a Chance of Pain” read the headline. This makes the issues of youth unemployment and ballooning labour migration figures in South Kyrgyzstan all the more pressing. It is in this context that we decided to experiment with micronarratives - a methodology used to… Read more »
In our previous blogs, we reflected on the nature of development complexities that emerged as part of our foresighting exercise in Moldova. In this post, we will focus more on some of the specifics: What institutions should take the lead? What are the biggest institutional challenges?What are key recommendations?