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Beyond budget allocations and datasets: Transparency, accountability, and participation strategies for achieving sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda—which consists of 17 sustainable development goals, or SDGs—aims to eradicate poverty around the world. Transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) are essential if SDG stakeholders are to translate this ambitious agenda into reality. Achieving these developmental goals requires transparency around data essential for making and measuring progress. It also requires key…

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Data to impact: Learning to use data to strengthen accountability

In recent years, international donors, not least the members of the Transparency & Accountability Initiative (TAI) collaborative, have invested heavily in governance data. The impact of these investments, however, remains limited. Despite improvements in the quantity of data available in many countries, successful use cases—in which local activists leverage governance data to solve problems related…


Where does pressure for public procurement transparency come from? Reflections from Uganda and Tanzania

Originally published on GI-ACE For years, the benefits of transparency as a policy tool to increase accountability and counter corruption have been lauded. In public procurement, this has given rise to a global movement promoting procurement data transparency, a.k.a. open contracting. Many governments have committed to making public procurement data more transparent and open for…


The challenges in researching enablers of the corrupt

Originally published on GI-ACE October 9 saw our GI-ACE project’s first workshop, with the aim of laying out the research done so far and seeking advice on future lines of enquiry from the project’s advisors and around 20 hand-picked experts. Coming from the worlds of journalism, civil society, politics, law enforcement, academia, and risk management, these experts…


Harnessing informality for anti-corruption practice: Shifting the unit of analysis from individuals to networks

Originally published on GI-ACE Why do some countries keep struggling with high levels of corruption in spite of adopting most, if not all, internationally recommended legal and institutional anti-corruption prescriptions? It is striking that some of the countries deemed the most corrupt also happen to boast some of the most extensive and comprehensive anti-corruption regimes…at…