DemocracySpot

at the intersection of technology and participation, by Tiago Peixoto

Education, Information Credibility, and Control of Corruption

Here’s an interesting paper by Weitz-Shapiro and Winters (2014)  on the role of education in political control of corruption, which should be of interest to those working in the open government/transparency domains.

Education, Information Credibility, and Control of Corruption

Here’s an interesting paper by Weitz-Shapiro and Winters (2014)  on the role of education in political control of corruption, which should be of interest to those working in the open government/transparency domains.

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New Book on 25 Years of Participatory Budgeting

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A little while ago I mentioned the launch of the Portuguese version of the book organized by Nelson Dias, “Hope for Democracy: 25 Years of Participatory Budgeting Worldwide”.

The good news is that the English version is finally out. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

This book represents the effort  of more than forty authors and many other direct and indirect contributions that spread…

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Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say?

So what does the evidence about citizen engagement say? Particularly in the development world it is common to say that the evidence is “mixed”. It is the type of answer that, even if correct in extremely general terms, does not really help those who are actually designing and implementing citizen engagement reforms.

This is why a new (GPSA-funded) work by Jonathan Fox, “Social Accountability:…

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References on Evaluation of Citizen Engagement Initiatives

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Over the weekend I did some search on works related to the evaluation of citizen engagement initiatives (technology mediated or not).  This is far from exhaustive, but I thought it would be worth sharing with those who stop by here. Also, any help with identifying other relevant sources that I may be missing would be greatly appreciated.

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Who Participates in Africa? Dispelling the Myth

Whenever discussing participation in Africa (as well as in other developing countries) the issue of “who participates” often emerges. A constant in these conversations is an assumption that participation in the continent is strongly driven by material and immaterial resources (e.g. money, time). In other words, there seems to be a widespread belief, particularly among development practitioners,…

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A Review of the Evidence on Open BudgetingView Post

A Review of the Evidence on Open Budgeting

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Has Democratization Reduced Infant Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa?Evidence suggests it has. Excerpts from paper by Masayuki Kudamatsu:
Does democracy promote…View Post

Has Democratization Reduced Infant Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Evidence suggests it has. Excerpts from paper by Masayuki Kudamatsu:

Does democracy promote…

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The Problem with Theory of Changepicture by skreened.com
If you are working in the fields of development or governance it’s highly…View Post

The Problem with Theory of Change

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If you are working in the fields of development or governance it’s highly…

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Participation, Transparency and Accountability: Innovations in South Korea, Brazil, and the Philippines
A report by Brian Wampler for the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT):
Citizen…View Post

Participation, Transparency and Accountability: Innovations in South Korea, Brazil, and the Philippines

A report by Brian Wampler for the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT):

Citizen…

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When Citizen Engagement Saves Lives (and what we can learn from it)When it comes to the relationship between participatory institutions and development outcomes,…View Post

When Citizen Engagement Saves Lives (and what we can learn from it)

When it comes to the relationship between participatory institutions and development outcomes,…

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