Global Partnership on Open Data for Development

Open data can help governments, businesses, and organizations share huge amounts of information with the public that can be used and re-used for a variety of social and economic purposes. Open data creates economic value and helps to foster greater civic engagement. This project will help developing-country governments develop and manage open data policies and practices.

Open data drives change
In Brazil, Nepal, and Nigeria, people are using publicly available government budget data to track and fight corruption. Data analysts and IT developers in other developing countries are helping to improve public service delivery by transforming newly available government data on education, health, and crime into Web or mobile applications that allow people to use the information to improve their everyday lives.

Open data, including its many platforms and apps, is fuelling social change, innovation, and development. It is contributing to more transparent and accountable governance systems and more innovative economies. It is also helping to inform and engage citizens. Open data must be collected, managed, shared, and used effectively for best results.

Open Data for Government program
The goal of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) program is to bring proven innovative approaches to scale. It also aims to strengthen coordination among open data initiatives to ensure that citizens in developing countries benefit. This project will build developing-country skills and knowledge to
-formulate and implement open data policies
-develop open data standards
-measure the supply, use, and impact of open data
-identify priorities and coordinate regional open data for development efforts

Working together for open data
The project is the result of a 2015 partnership agreement between IDRC and the World Bank to merge the World Bank's Partnership for Open Data with IDRC's OD4D. The expanded network of OD4D grantees includes:
-Open Data Institute
-Open Knowledge Foundation
-Web Foundation
-UNDP Eastern Europe and Central Asia office

They will work together to harness the potential of open data initiatives to
-enhance transparency
-improve accountability
-facilitate public service delivery
-encourage citizen participation

Project ID

107895

Project status

Completed

End Date

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Duration

12 months

IDRC Officer

Fernando Perini

Total funding

CA$ 4,168,355

Countries

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, South Asia, Far East Asia, South America

Program

Networked Economies, Open Data for Development

Project Leader

Rufus Pollock

Institution

Open Knowledge Foundation

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

https://www.idrc.ca/en/ww%3A//www.okfn.org

Project Leader

Liz Carolan

Institution

Open Data Institute

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

http://www.theodi.org

Project Leader

José M. Alonso

Institution

The World Wide Web Foundation

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.webfoundation.org

Project Leader

Francesco Checchi

Institution

United Nations Development Programme/Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement/Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.undp.org

Project Leader

Jo Blow

Institution

United Nations. Office for Project Services

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.unops.org

Project Leader

Joel Gurin

Institution

Center for Open Data Enterprise, Inc.

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.opendataenterprise.org

Project Leader

Dr. Sanjeev Khagram

Institution

Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED)

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.iseeed.org

Project Leader

Katelyn Rogers

Institution

Open Knowledge Foundation

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

https://www.idrc.ca/en/ww%3A//www.okfn.org