Welcome to the first edition of our “Global Integrity Insider”, a snapshot of what we’ve been up to over the last couple of months in our efforts to explore the value (and limits) of data-driven, learning-centered, and politically-savvy approaches to supporting governance reform.
The current plan is to share some highlights – and, coming soon, lowlights and learning opportunities – every couple of months. But we’re very open to feedback about what would be most interesting and useful. So, let us know what you’d like!
Beyond the exciting progress across our program areas, and at the OpenGov Hub, particular highlights have been:
We’ve also had two excellent board meetings where we’ve been pushed to communicate more clearly our ambition, to give additional thought to how our US-focused work might adapt to the new political context, and to further strengthen our systems for monitoring, evaluation and learning.
What We’ve Been DoingA number of activities under this theme are in full swing, including the following highlights:
Release of provisional data for the Africa Integrity Indicators Project which is currently in a feedback period (through May 31!). The Africa Integrity Indicators assess key social, economic, political, and anti-corruption mechanisms at the national level across all 54 African countries.
Participated in 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend with insightful conversations on the use and impact of data at the country level
Stay tuned for updates on our current fieldwork in Tunisia and Georgia with Transparency International as we dive into the triggers that determine whether or not citizens engage in Anti-corruption initiatives in different contexts.
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? The Africa Integrity Indicators 2017
What We’ve Been DoingIn late January 2017, as part of our Learning to Make All Voices Count project, we organized and led the second of four reflective learning workshops. This workshop brought together our six CSO partners from across the world, along with Making All Voices Count (MAVC) staff to explore the ways in which our partners are engaging with, and adapting to, power, politics, and participation in their work. Learn more about the workshop, and the project at large, from this blogpost.
We’ve also been working with partners in Costa Rica and Tanzania under the auspices of our Learning to Open Government project. In March, our partners at Costa Rica Integra convened OGP stakeholders from government and civil society to reflect on the lessons that emerged from our 2016 research into OGP, and to plan the future of OGP in the country. We’re currently planning a similar event in Tanzania, to take place in June 2017.
Power to the People – Participatory Tracking, and Learning to Navigate Complexity
Learning to Make All Voices Count: Pursuing Openness Through Iterative Adaptation
We have been highly engaged in the evolution of the Follow the Money network developing a note with ideas coming from many organizations around the world working to improve the use of public resources in their countries.
Finally, continuing our engagement in Mexico, in January we participated in an open government event in the state of Chihuahua. We are also taking forward conversations with Mexican partners – INAI and GESOC – to use our Treasure Hunts method to support progress towards open fiscal governance in three states.
Supporting the Evolution of Fiscal Transparency – Global Integrity at the GIFT Stewards Meeting in Mexico
What We’ve Been DoingWe continue to stay in touch with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and with other organizations in the Political Finance Community of Practice. For instance, we met with colleagues from International-IDEA, one of the lead organizations in this space, at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend in early April. In our engagements with these organizations we are advocating for the importance of iterative, politically informed approaches to political finance reform, an argument which has gotten some positive responses.
Global Integrity champions transparent and accountable governance around the world by producing innovative research and taking action to inform, connect, and empower civic, private, and public reformers seeking more open societies. We support local stakeholders, including both government and civil society, with our assistance in putting adaptive learning — a structured, data-driven, problem-focused and iterative approach to learning by doing, which engages with local political realities while drawing on experiences from elsewhere — at the heart of their efforts to design and implement effective governance reforms.