“Basically, we used to have two methods of getting information on water infrastructure... The first… [was] the water department at the municipal level would visit the villages once or twice a year during the months of June and December to do stock-taking of all water points and their functionality status.
Access to safe water is essential to our health and wellbeing.
When data — particularly government data — is made relevant and available, we as “infomediaries” have an opportunity to create public value. As a community of data users, we are becoming more savvy at turning datasets into information, and information into advocacy for better public resource allocation, transparency and accountability, and good governance.
In 2003, an undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary set out to write his honors thesis on the efforts of international development organizations to help communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of global climate change. His research quickly hit a roadblock: existing public data on foreign aid flows was not precise enough to enable his analysis.
Over the past several months, Development Gateway and the Open Contracting Partnership have been studying open contracting readiness across West Africa. Today, we are pleased to announce the publication of a series of open contracting scoping studies.
Working with the support of the support of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK), we have produced:
Making Development Data Fit for Purpose in Senegal // Rendre les données sur le développement adaptées aux besoins nationaux au Sénégal
Last year, Development Gateway – with our partners at the AidData Center for Development Policy – interviewed nearly fifty leaders from the government, development partner, and civil society communities of Senegal. Our goal was to uncover how (and whether) data from Senegal’s Aid Management Platform (AMP) was used in development-related decisions; identify barriers to data use; recommend ways of tackling these barriers; and work with our Government of Senegal counterparts on acting upon these solutions.
Stephen Hawking famously observed that “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” As with humans, technology tools must also adapt to changes within organizations if they are to remain useful, and, well, “intelligent”. So what does technology adaptation look like in practice, and how can we make the most of it?