Open government and open data have become the new pre-occupation of research, civic activism and advocacy in development. In the 2016 ICT4D Conference held at Nairobi, Kenya dubbed #ICT4D2016, Tech Experts discussed the use Technology to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Innovation Impacts. The conference held at the Safari Park Hotel gathered hundreds attendance all sharing ideas on Technology and Development in Africa.
The conference was organized under the theme “Social Accountability Results and Lessons in Ethiopia”. Service improvement results achieved during the implementation of Social Accountability in Ethiopia in five basic public service sectors will be presented to participants. The specific objective of the conference is to deepen the understanding of sector ministries and other national stakeholders regarding Social Accountability so that they can support the social accountability activities that are spreading in the country under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC).
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The Governance Practitioner’s Notebook takes an unusual approach for the OECD-DAC Network on Governance (GovNet). It brings together a collection of specially written notes aimed at those who work as governance practitioners within development agencies. It does so, however, without attempting to offer definitive guidance – instead aiming to stimulate thinking and debate. To aid this process the book is centred on a fictional Governance Adviser. The Notebook’s format provides space for experts to speak on today’s governance issues: politics, public sector reform and stakeholder engagement. It encourages debate, charts the evolution of donor thinking, and highlights future challenges in the age of the Sustainable Development Goals. Each section introduces both technical issues and major areas of debate, providing ideas for future development support to institutional reform. Expert contributors include Tom Carothers, Lant Pritchett, Matt Andrews, Heather Marquette, David Booth, Sue Unsworth, Fletcher Tembo, Ousmane Sy, Jörn Grävingholt, Nick Manning and Frauke de Weijer.
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