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Improving Public Policies

in a Digital World

14/15 NOV. 2017

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne


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Mardi/Tuesday 14 nov. - Mercredi/Wednesday 15 nov.

Accountability & Open Government

Salle / Hall : IRJS - Salle des Professeurs

Horaire / Schedule : 15h45 - 17h15

Président de séance :  Stavros TASIOPOULOS - OGP, Legal and Policy Adviser (Greece)

Langue / Language : EN



Speech 1: The accountability of the french digital public administration
(Mayana BUNOD - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

With the digital public administration, there are two kinds of accountability : a data accountability mostely related to the Open-data and a classic accountability common to all the French administration. It is interesting to analyse what are the juridic traduction of those accountability and how it may be optimised.

Speech 2: Fledgling steps: the link between OGP, budget portals and accountability in South Africa
(Kota ZUKISWA - Head of Monitoring and Advocacy, Rhodes University: PSAM - South Africa)

The South African Constitution makes provisions for a myriad of obligations towards the realisation of fundamental human rights. Significant allocations are made from the national fiscus towards programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and hunger. Given prevailing economic constraints; it is imperative that public resources are used efficiently to fulfill these obligations. In addition to constitutional provisions - the South African government ascribes - as a founder member - to the Open Government Partnership. 
Access to credible, accurate budget data is imperative. The implementation of open data initiatives has the potential not only of improving public budgeting and planning towards sustainable interventions but also to reduce wasteful expenditure. By increasing data transparency, policy-makers may be better placed to influence evidence-based decisions. In addition to exploring these developments within the South African context - this paper interrogates the links between recent budget data portal development and their potential for improving accountability and public participation in the budget cycle. 

Speech 3: Using open aid data for accountability? Insights from Benin and Tanzania
(Elise DUFIEF - Research and Monitoring Manager, Publish What You Fund - United Kingdom)

In the past decade, more resources, time and effort have been devoted to publishing open data on aid and development finance. As a result, a flurry of new commitments to aid transparency, open government, open budgets and open data more broadly emerged. These now include a vast variety of actors from international organisations to bilateral governments, partner county country governments. all have pledged to provide more and better data on their development operations for others to hold them to account.
However, little to no evidence seems to be available to support the expectation that this data would be turned into actionable information to ultimately improve development outcomes. What are the barriers and opportunities to move from transparency as a compliance exercise to transparency as a tool for greater accountability for development?
Through primary data collection and preliminary interviews from Benin and Tanzania, this presentation will present insights into the challenges and opportunities for impact of transparency initiatives at country-level.

Speech 4: Opening Up Data for Evidence-Based Decision-Making, Accountability and Economic Development
(Olivier ALAIS - Berkman Klein Center - France)