Transparency saw a win recently when the oil company Statoil disclosed project-level payments it makes to governments it works in. Organizations like Oxfam America and National Resource Governance Institute applauded the oil company for leading the way and proving that it can be done.
In other transparency news, the IATI Ghana Data Use Workshop 2015 took place a few weeks ago, and they released a survey titled “IATI Since 2008” to assess the impact IATI has had. IATI members, publishers, commentators and other stakeholders were able to participate in the survey.
While we’re on the topic, you might want to start planning for the International Open Data Conference coming up in May. So get your talking points and your business cards in order as a wide range of open data specialists will converge on Ottawa for two days to discuss and share where we’ve been, where we are, but mostly where we’re going in respect to the Data Revolution.
Switching topics, Tanzania’s parliament approved a law that requires firms to satisfy authorities that no local could do the job before employing foreigner. While this will obviously have many implications, a timely article from The Guardian discusses the importance of migration for strengthening economies. If this gets you wondering about global migration trends, well there is a data visualization for you. Take a look at The Global Flow of People over the years.
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.