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Articles by Mark Irura:
Uganda’s procurement authority, the Public Procurement Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), is a pioneer in seeking to improve the use of public funds through open contracting. Through a grant from the Hewlett Foundation, Development Gateway (DG) recently began collaborating with both organizations to further support open contracting in Uganda, taking PPDA and AFIC’s efforts to the next level.
“Basically, we used to have two methods of getting information on water infrastructure... The first… [was] the water department at the municipal level would visit the villages once or twice a year during the months of June and December to do stock-taking of all water points and their functionality status.
Access to safe water is essential to our health and wellbeing.
When data — particularly government data — is made relevant and available, we as “infomediaries” have an opportunity to create public value. As a community of data users, we are becoming more savvy at turning datasets into information, and information into advocacy for better public resource allocation, transparency and accountability, and good governance.
At the United Nations General Assembly last week, government, public, and private actors signaled their intent to achieve a sustainable 2030 -- and recognition that we only have 14 more years to turn rhetoric into reality. For the past several months, we worked with the Government of Kenya to show how technology and the data revolution can support national achievement of the global goals.....