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Open data and open governance

Across Europe and Central Asia, citizens’ demand for more government accountability and transparency are growing, along with citizen-driven initiatives. Open data is a powerful tool for bridging gaps between institutions and communities. If used correctly, it can help build responsive institutions and efficient public services, and ensure citizens participate.

UNDP works closely with organizations across the region to use data for open governance and advocacy. We collaborate closely with the Open Government Partnership in strengthening transparency and accountability, using technology and encouraging participation across the region, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on open data programming and promoting learning, sharing and data literacy.

UNDP takes an ecosystem approach in supporting open data initiatives and integrating them into a range of sectors. From supporting legislation to development of IT solutions, we create spaces for collaboration between institutions, citizens and relevant organizations.

Blackit from Belarus was of the 3 winners of the Ministry of Data Black Sea Challenge 2017, an open data challenge aiming to bring innovative mobile and web tools for improved institutional accountability and stronger civic engagement. Photo: Ministry of Data

What have we achieved so far?

  • In Ukraine, UNDP helped draft open data legislation, providing a legal backing for the publication of public data. Public officials have so far made over 1,5 million declarations of their assets, enabling civil society and media to hold institutions to account.
  • Ministry of Data, our open data challenge that targets the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region, offers a platform for citizens to present creative data-driven tools and solutions to community issues.
  • Through a partnership with four universities across the region, we have rolled out a data journalism manual in English and Russian. 

Transformative Governance and Finance Facility

The use of open data sources can feed into evidence-based decision-making and make development more impactful. The Transformative Governance and Finance Facility (TGFF) supports the region to harness the potential of the data revolution, new technologies and other innovations for improved governance and sustainable development. This will be achieved through engagement of citizens in new technologies and data, collaborative platforms on regional and national level, and the use of alternative finance

Now in its second phase for 2018–2020, TGFF is a joint undertaking of UNDP and the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic.

In its first phase, the facility:

  • improved the predictability, transparency and efficiency of legal aid in Armenia by analyzing data from the Datalex, an online repository of legal cases;
  • improved the efficiency and transparency of communication between central and local governments in Serbia and Tajikistan through standardizing and digitizing local government’s reporting process; and
  • by applying design thinking, developed a tool that measures satisfaction with public services for pre-pensioners in Moldova.

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