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 »
Posts Categorized: Governance
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 »
Take heed: Over 1,500 civic reports of grey market activities, more than 2,500 active users of the Be Responsible civic app, and 250,000 euro invested in projects selected by the communities themselves: All in the tiny country of Montenegro. How did we get here? It all started with a bold idea to host one of the… Read more »
All around the world, we are seeing fundamental changes in the meaning of governance and ‘networked democracy‘ – particularly in the shifting role of citizens, from passive consumers of government services to active participants. This is also having a major impact on the way public services are designed and delivered.
In preparing for the upcoming research and development event, Foresight for Development – Shaping the New Future, one of my tasks was to compile an essential reading list for the participants. This is easier said than done. There are gigabytes and terabytes of publications, books, and blogs out there. How was I to synthesize all of… Read more »
It´s two in the afternoon and the conference room is packed. It might be dismal and rainy outside but inside the room is buzzing with energy and bright ideas. Over 40 young men and women – including 12 Swiss students – have come to listen and join the discussion on e-governance.
Kosovo has maintained a steady 15 years of peace and stability and is now in the midst of further development. However, a great deal of work remains in getting politicians in charge to support evidence-based policymaking: Its implementation is crucial for Kosovo and its aspirations to join the European Union in the future. But how do we… Read more »
Why would you want the budget of your city to be open? What does the community really want? Do all those numbers and terms really even mean anything to the average citizen? We at UNDP in Ukraine and Internews wanted some answers.
In Ukraine, people are dissatisfied with the quality of the public services provided by local authorities. The difficulties faced when accessing public services are many: complicated procedures, long queues, inconvenient office hours, and lack of comprehensive and relevant information, to name just a few.
Open data was one of the most hotly debated topics at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Europe regional meeting held in Dublin last week. The discussion focused on the necessity of creating incentive structures for both citizens and businesses to support open data, especially in regards to enhancing public services and driving growth.