Tag: accountability

We’ve been working closely with a number of groups in Uganda which are working hard to enable citizens to combat corruption and work with government and others to improve service delivery. We’ve experimented with a user design process involving mySociety, Hive Colab and Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda in partnership with the British Council (who co-funded the […]

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It’s hard to trust our leaders. Across the globe, the gap between rich and poor is widening while seldom a week passes without a political figure or big brand being exposed for avoiding tax, involvement in corrupt practices or making decisions that blatantly work against the public good. Now more than ever, it is critical […]

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I’ve recently been watching the excellent Danish crime drama, Follow the Money. The basic premise of the show is as follows: Renewable energy firm, Energreen, is exploiting migrant workers and indulging in some creative accounting practices in its search for ever greater profits. Enter Danish police, in the shape of fraud squad officer, Alf, and […]

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Visitors to the Indigo site may already be familiar with the work of CODE in Nigeria (formerly Follow the Money). CODE, which uses data, social media and offline campaigning to press for more accountable and effective government, has previously received funding from us and has grown from a small start-up organisation into a much more […]

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Just before leaving for South Africa, I gave a talk at the ODI Summit in London on how we can leverage the power of mobile and web technology to foster accountable institutions and active, informed citizens.  It showcases examples from our fabulous grantees such as WOUGNET, Parliamentary Monitoring Group, Mzalendo, mySociety, CODE/Follow the Money and BudgIT […]

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote you you about how Focal Integrity Cameroon supported communities to use financial data to expose corruption and demand better services, bringing new classrooms to school children in Buea. It’s not often we journey beyond the African continent on this blog but I’ve written a case study outlining how […]

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The Open Government Partnership and other similar initiatives have resulted in government data including budgets, contracts and procurement processes being made publicly available in some countries. Elsewhere, civic groups are working hard to access such information, which is crucial if they are to hold government and other authorities to account. But releasing data in itself […]

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Open government doesn’t really lend itself to humour and it’s difficult to see the comedy material in improved public services, oversight and accountability. The best joke I’ve heard on the topic (unfortunately, UK specific) goes something like this: In the UK, the party of government has something of an identity crisis. They call themselves the […]

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One of the benefits of attending OGP is the exposure it provides to projects, technologies and approaches from around the world. At Indigo we’re relatively familiar with the situation in a number of African countries, but outside Africa our knowledge of open government and open data gets patchier. So it makes sense to dedicate this […]

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From the moment I stepped through the doors of the conference today it was obvious that something was different. The security procedures had been stepped up, the ubiquitous police 4x4s had been replaced by entire busloads of police officers and many of the attendees were noticeably smarter dressed than yesterday. Yes, the politicians, governments and […]

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