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August 2010

Dissemination vs Public Engagement; in Other Words, Are You Serious?

Sina Odugbemi's picture

'Ha, I almost forgot; we need a dissemination strategy for the report. Get somebody to sort that out. Meeting adjourned.'

You guessed right: the statement above usually occurs at the end of a long meeting discussing 'substance'; then somebody realizes that if the department/organization has spent all this money on this piece of research, it might be a good idea to get somebody to 'disseminate' it.

Usually, they have not given the matter serious thought. They have not answered basic questions.

From Bubble to Bubble: Government Policy Blunders

Raj Nallari's picture

Greedy speculators in housing and private bankers, financial innovation and failure of risk models, regulators and credit rating agencies were all deservedly blamed for the recent financial crisis. Behind this all is public policy that worsened the problems.

Quote of the Week: Thomas Henry Huxley

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هذه المدونة متوفرة باللغات التالية: English |​   Français Español 

العديد من التحديات الإنمائية التي تزداد تعقيدا في واقعنا اليوم، من التوسع السريع للمدن إلى تغيير المناخ والقدرة على الصمود أمام الكوارث والاحتواء الاجتماعي، ترتبط ارتباطا وثيقا بالأراضي وكيفية استغلالها. إن التصدي لهذه التحديات مع التيقن من قدرة الأفراد والمجتمعات على الاستغلال الكامل لأراضيهم يتوقف على التحديد الدائم والموثق لحقوق ملكيتهم وسهولة الحصول عليها.  
وعلى الرغم من والتطورات التي شهدتها العقود القليلة الماضية، تظل سجلات الأراضي في العديد من البلدان النامية محدودة وغير مكتملة. فأقل من نصف بلدان العالم (13% فقط في أفريقيا) سجلت أو رسمت حدود الأراضي الخاصة في عواصمها، فما بالنا بخارج حدود العاصمة، بينما تظل الأراضي العامة غير مسجلة على الإطلاق في كثير من الأحيان. وأقل من ثلث البلدان- وبلدان أفريقيان فقط (رواندا وجنوب أفريقيا) – تحتفظ بسجلات رقمية حتى تدار الأراضي بطريقة فعالة بين مستويات غير مسبوقة من التوسع الحضري والتحديات البيئية الأخرى. كما أن اتساع نطاق المعاملات الغير الرسمية يترك النساء والفئات الأخرى المهمشة عرضة للمخاطر وفقدان الحقوق الملكية.       

Dying to Measure

Mark Ellery's picture

What interventions are needed by governments - and by the World Bank - to stimulate and support the realization of the economic benefits of Open Data for everyone?  How do we prioritize what kind of data is needed?  These were some of the simmering questions that were posed at last Wednesday's World Bank Live event.  A collaborative effort among World Bank global practices and units – Transport and Information & Communications Technologies (ICT), the Development Data Group (DECDG), Open FinancesExternal and Corporate Relations, and others – this global policy dialogue event served as an opportunity to listen in on leading experts explaining and debating the latest evidence of the economic benefits of Open Data and how it can be applied to advance socioeconomic growth in the developing world.

From the short videoconference presentations we heard from five country officials, we learned that Open Data is already making an impact.

Examples of Open Data's use and impact in India, Russia, Macedonia, Ghana, and Mexico
We first heard from Rajendra Kumar, Joint Secretary (eGov) at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology of India.  "Ever since India launched its Open Government Data Platform, we've witnessed more government participation and interest – across ministries and state governments," stated Kumar.  He also pointed to an often underappreciated result of open data programs: increased data sharing among government agencies.

"Open Data is a major source for growth in Russia, especially for Internet and IT companies," commented Ekaterina Shapochka, Advisor to the Russian Minister of Open Government.  She also added that Open Data could help increase the quality of government services to its citizens.

Featured Tools: Toolkit for Public-Private Partnerships in Roads & Highways

Anna Barbone's picture

The Toolkit for Public-Private Partnerships in Roads and Highways is intended to be a key reference guide for public authorities in developing countries for the development of their PPP programs in the highways sector. However, much information on the subject is readily available, notably through the internet, and the Toolkit has not vocation nor pretends to be a unique reference on the subject.

Stepping It Up For Vocational Education

Nicole Goldstein's picture

Students themselves stepping it up. Last weekend, I was fortunate to be at the same dinner party as Jeff Puryear, co-director of PREAL and a luminary in the education field. We got talking about his PhD thesis from 1977, which I later found out, was perhaps the first serious study of the impact of job training in Colombia's SENA industrial training programs in Bogotá.

His study had three goals:
 

First, to analyze the socioeconomic characteristics of people who enrolled with SENA relative to those who did not, with a view to identifying the kind of candidates that the programs attracted; second, to estimate the impact of SENA training on the wages of a randomly-chosen individual who had undergone no training before taking part in a SENA program; and third, to calculate the private and social benefits of the SENA program. 

Migration and Remittances News Roundup: Aug 27, 2010

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