Announcing our COVID-19, Fiscal Governance & Anti-Corruption Database

Jorge Florez
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At Global Integrity, our response to COVID-19 began with listening to our partners. Based on their needs, we began developing tools and initiatives that would add value to their work. This has included helping to facilitate dialogue amongst a number of African organizations through the Account4COVID initiative and promoting collaboration amongst global partners at the Open Gov Hub.

To support this work we have curated 300+ resources on COVID-19, fiscal governance, and anti-corruption. In doing this, we have built on the work of other organizations such as Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI), Open Contracting Partnership (OCP), International Budget Partnership (IBP), The Global Anticorruption Blog, and the COVID-19 Conflict and Governance Evidence Summaries which is produced by the Institute for Development Studies and builds on early work by Heather Marquette and colleagues. 

We are now happy to make the Global Integrity COVID-19, Fiscal Governance & Anti-Corruption Database open to all. It’s a resource that we hope will be as useful to others as it has been to us.

The database is organized in 14 columns that include tags to enable searching. Here are definitions and frequencies for each tag. Below are descriptions of the 14 columns and the information they contain:

The first seven columns provide general information for each resource including the title, a short summary, the link, the producer, the publishing date, the type of resource (e.g. webinar, blog, article, etc), and whether or not the piece is part of a recurring series.

The following three columns (level, region, and country) provide information about the geographical focus of the resource, and

The last four columns include tags that we created to allow you to find the pieces that respond to your interests:

  • The column “Resource Flow Stage tag” enables you to filter resources by the sectors they cover. The tags you can use to filter are Aid, Budgets, Illicit assets, Procurement, Service delivery, and Tech.
  • The column “Actor tag” enables you to filter resources by the type of stakeholder that is covered in the resources. The tags you can use to filter are Civil society, Donor, Government, Media, and OGP.
  • The column “Governance tag” enables you to filter resources by the governance issues that the resource refers to. The tags you can use to filter are Accountability, Adaptive Management, Corruption, Open data, Participation, Transparency, Policy Response, and Donor Response.
  • The column “Why was this included?” enables you to filter resources by the main contribution that the resource does to the debate on COVID, the tags you can use to filter are: Call to Action, Civic Response, Complaint, Experiences, Lessons, Recommendations, Risks, Thought Piece, and Trend.

Potential use scenarios include:

I’m writing a blogpost on open government, open data, and anti-corruption in COVID-19 response. I used the database to make sure that I am up to speed on the most relevant issues. To achieve this, 

  • I use the column “Governance tag” to filter those resources that have tags for “corruption” and “open data”
  • I find 25 pieces

Now, let’s say I am looking for resources on procurement related to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa. I can take two steps, (remember to delete any existing filter):

  • First, use the “region” column to filter those resources that have the tag “Sub-Saharan Africa”,
  • Then, use the “technical tag” column to filter resources that have “procurement”,
  • I will find 24 pieces. Six pieces focused on the region and 18 in particular countries in the region.

We will continue updating the database on a weekly basis. Our goal is to make it as useful as possible to us, to our partners, and to the wider fiscal governance and anti-corruption communities. We welcome your feedback and links to additional resources that would be good to add to the database. Please use this form or reach out at info@globalintegrity.org to let us know how you used it and for what. Also, let us know your comments and ideas about how to make it better. 

Jorge Florez
Jorge Florez
Manager, Fiscal Governance

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