The last few months have been an exciting time at Global Integrity. Beyond our specific program areas (details below), I’ve been particularly pleased with our efforts – along with our friends at the Sunlight Foundation – to kick-start a conversation about how domestic efforts to defend democratic norms might draw on lessons from outside the US. See our blogpost on Bad Governance Close to Home, and a short note on a recent meeting held at the OpenGov Hub.
We’ve also been pleased to contribute to the conversation about how data can help drive progress towards addressing sectoral and service delivery problems and to tackling corruption. Our take is that if data is to make a difference, it needs to be leveraged in ways that can shift the incentives and political dynamics that are at the heart of governance-related challenges, and that one way of doing this is through locally-driven and learning-centered efforts to craft solutions to particular problems. See our blogpost on Exploring How Data Can Make a Difference and an excellent Open Data Charter discussion about using open data to tackle corruption, with me jumping in at 35 minutes and 35 seconds.
We’ve also had some good news on the funding front, with the Open Society Foundations stepping up to support a second phase of our innovative work on fiscal governance in Mexico, and the Hewlett Foundation deciding to invest in our efforts to explore the value and limits of adaptive learning for open governance for another three years!