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 »
Posts Categorized: Anticorruption
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?
In December, we launched a survey report shedding new light on how corruption affects women and men in civil service in Kosovo*. We were struck by one of the key results: the positive correlation between higher representation of men in decision-making institutions and higher levels of corruption. Are women just less corrupt than men?
Our joint quest to open data in Kosovo began on a September morning over coffee in Pristina. We were already funding the platform to visualize institutional spending and revenues, and had recently completed the “For Digital Prishtina” hackathon - with two projects designed to make spending and recruitment more transparent. But, at UNDP in Kosovo we are… Read more »
A former colleague of ours once wrote a post for this blog that asked a simple but pressing question: Can you assess whether or not corruption-tracking websites will actually make a difference? It’s been more than two years since UNDP in Kosovo* and Internews Kosova launched Kallxo.com.
There is nothing that gives me more energy, enthusiasm, and excitement for the future than talking with children. Over past few days, I had the opportunity to visit several schools in Bishkek to talk about my work with UNDP in Kyrgyzstan and the Rule of Law team. I spoke with children between the ages of five and… Read more »
Whenever I discuss the governance challenges in South Eastern Europe, the discussion quickly boils down to one issue: (anti) corruption. At the recently organized SELDI policy advocacy workshop, we went back to the basic principles of “good governance.” This opened up a wider debate indicating that now may be the time to both reframe the… Read more »
Friday the 13th got off to a pretty auspicious start if you ask me. It was June and and for two and a half days, fifteen teams of young innovators put their heads together to come up with digital solutions to make Pristina more transparent. Throughout the process they received support from on-site mentors at… Read more »
Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »