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  • Title: Welcome to Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. About Us.. What we do.. Analysis and Reports.. Discussions.. Contact.. Development Initiatives exists to end absolute poverty.. Through objective, high-quality research and analysis, we inform decisions at all levels that deliver better use of resources to help the poor.. We champion transparency, the role and effective use of information, and support people to hold their representatives to account as well as informing policy and practice.. We have centres in the United Kingdom, Kenya and Uganda and have partners globally including governments, academic institutions, the private sector and citizen representatives.. Sign up to our newsletter.. News.. EVENT! Devolution: Challenges and opportunities for Kenya’s health sector.. July 1, 2013.. East African budget highlights 2013-14.. June 28, 2013.. The UK Spending Round 2013.. June 26, 2013.. Time to ‘join’ the revolution: a call to action for transparency initiatives.. June 19, 2013.. DI and Publish What You Fund welcome G8 commitment to aid transparency.. June 18, 2013.. Event: Engaging in the post-2015 debate with Guardian Development.. A memo to the G8: Time to deliver on aid transparency.. June 17, 2013.. Africanising the Open Government Partnership.. June 12, 2013.. Our reflections on UK parliamentary event on nutrition.. June 7, 2013.. Leading transparency campaigners welcome UN development report.. May 30, 2013.. Maximising the role of African think tanks in policy making.. May 21, 2013.. The UK Labour Party’s post-2015 vision.. Lord Cameron of Dillington highlights agriculture s role in ending under-nutrition.. May 20, 2013.. Somaliland and Somalia: Grounds for optimism?.. May 10, 2013.. Funds for under-nutrition insufficient to meet needs.. April 29, 2013.. Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals meets this week – transparency and accountability issue cuts across all others.. April 17, 2013.. Ex DAC chair claims OECD is ignoring its own definition of overseas aid.. April 11, 2013.. OECD data briefing: Analysis of DAC aid statistics in 2012.. April 4, 2013.. UK Aid in 2012 briefing.. March 28, 2013.. The Bali High-level Panel meeting: Governance, financing and data in post-2015.. More than just data: Kampala Roundtable Forum discusses open data ideas for Uganda.. March 25, 2013.. Note to the HLP: It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it.. Post MDG High Level Panel meets in Bali.. UK Budget 2013 international development briefing.. March 20, 2013.. New graph blog on development issues launched.. Africa Counts roundtable comes to Kampala.. March 15, 2013.. Kenya at a crossroads.. A legislative commitment to 0.. 7% of GNI in the UK?.. February 28, 2013.. An open goal that can’t be missed: 2015 and open data.. Community feedback, information and poverty eradication in Northern Uganda.. On the right track? Will the high level panel measure up to expectations?.. February 6, 2013.. New briefing on funding to Syria.. January 30, 2013.. Three quarters of Governments not meeting basic transparency standards.. January 25, 2013.. Senior UK committee calls for eradication of poverty.. January 22, 2013.. Final OECD aid data for 2011.. December 21, 2012.. Access to information as Millennium Development Goal.. December 10, 2012.. UK Launches Aid Transparency Challenge.. December 7, 2012.. The Autumn Statement and UK aid.. Towards a sustainable Kenya Open Data Initiative.. November 28, 2012.. IATI: Live in Kinshasa.. Can I phone a friend? Mobile and Internet use in crisis-affected countries.. November 27, 2012.. The case for transparency during Uganda’s time of crisis.. November 26, 2012.. Programme Partnership Arrangement: mid-term review.. November 20, 2012.. Open development and open data: what next?.. November 19, 2012.. Food security for poverty reduction in East Africa: the role of government and private sector.. November 2, 2012.. How can access to information be included in post-2015 development goals?.. November 1, 2012.. The State of Social Protection in East Africa.. October 25, 2012.. Aid investments in disaster risk reduction – rhetoric to action.. October 19, 2012.. Official Development Assistance: An Essential Guide.. October 18, 2012.. Kenya: Resources for poverty eradication.. October 17, 2012.. Choice and empowerment: A  ...   analysis that Development Initiatives is undertaking and provides a forum to engage in debate on topical poverty and development-related issues.. Visit the Charting Progress website.. Commission for Africa.. The aim of the new Commission for Africa report and website is to look at what has happened since the Commission published its original report in March 2005.. Visit the Commission for Africa website.. Commit4Africa.. Commit4Africa is an online, searchable database of commitments made by heads of state and government representatives under the auspices of international institutions and groupings.. Visit the Commit4Africa website.. The International aid transparency initiatives.. The International aid transparency initiatives (IATI) is a multi stakeholder-led global initiative which aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand.. Visit the IATI website.. Investments to End Poverty.. Global poverty is falling at an unprecedented rate.. 22% of the world’s people are living on less than $1.. 25 a day compared with 52% in 1980, but 1.. 2 billion people still live below the poverty line.. To plan for and finance the end of poverty by 2030 we need to understand the scale and scope of all potential resources including aid, domestic revenues, private sector spending and that of NGOs.. Investments to End Poverty is an initiative which provides independent, reliable, accessible data and information to make this happen.. It proposes a more rigorous framework to ensure that all resources are better used and engages with a wide range of actors including companies, aid agencies, governments, foundations, civil society and the military to share knowledge and understanding on how poverty can be ended.. To find out more about the initiative please email us at.. info@devinit.. org.. Click.. here.. to read our latest document in relation to this agenda.. Our latest analysis.. Reports and documents written either as part of our consultancy work or from our programme activities.. Reviewing beneficiary feedback mechanisms.. Written by:.. Laura Jump.. Counting the poor.. Laurence Chandy.. The Aid Financing Landscape for Nutrition.. Mariella Di Ciommo.. Ethiopia: Resources for Poverty reduction.. Peace Nganwa.. ODA loans discussion paper.. Rob Tew.. Open data: Learnings from the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) for CSOs.. Steve Kenei.. South Sudan: Resources for poverty eradication.. Kenneth Okwaroh.. Emmanuel Rukundo.. View more work and resources.. Humanitarian crisis and vulnerability.. Harnessing All Resources To End Poverty.. (2013).. Uganda resources for crisis response, vulnerability and poverty eradication.. (2012).. India briefing.. Disaster risk reduction.. Cash transfer financing briefing.. Common humanitarian funds.. Aid investments in disaster risk reduction.. GHA Somalia briefing paper.. Bangladesh briefing.. Non-DAC donors and humanitarian aid.. (2011).. Transparency and open development.. Better Information, Better Aid: Nepal Country Study.. Aidinfo briefing.. Improving availability of Aid Information to NGOs in Nepal.. Choice and empowerment.. Investments to end poverty.. Harnessing all resources to end poverty.. Indian poverty and aid briefing.. Autumn Statement: UK aid briefing.. Consultancy.. Addressing the Shortfall.. Media content research on Aid Transparency in Nepal.. Agricultural Development Assistance.. (2010).. Commission for Africa report.. Democratic Republic of Congo.. (2009).. Sudan.. (2008).. Somalia.. Assessment of ODA flows to Protracted Crises countries (2000-2008).. Get in touch with us.. Contact information.. UK Office.. Development Initiatives Ltd.. North Quay House.. Quay side.. Temple Back.. Bristol.. BS1 6FL.. United Kingdom.. +44 (0) 1179 272 505.. Kenya Office.. Shelter Afrique Building.. 4th Floor, Mamlaka Road.. Nairobi, Kenya.. PO Box 102802-00101.. +254 (0) 20 272 5346.. Uganda Office.. Development Research and Training (DRT).. Ggaba Road, Mutesasira Zone, Kansanga.. P.. O Box 22459.. Kampala.. Uganda.. +256 (0) 312 – 263629/30.. +256 (0) 414 – 269495.. http://www.. drt-ug.. org/.. Drop us a message.. Subscribe to our work via RSS.. org rss feed.. GHA rss feed.. Budget4Change rss feed.. Commit4africa rss feed.. IATI rss feed.. Development Initiatives 2013.. Development Initiatives is the trading name of DI International Ltd.. Registered in England and Wales No.. 05802543.. Development Initiatives Poverty Research is the not-for-profit partner of DI International Ltd.. 06368740.. You can read our privacy policy here..

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  • Title: Recruitment - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: Recruitment.. If you are interested in working for Development Initiatives, please view our.. current opportunities.. At Development Initiatives, we recognise that our people are our greatest asset.. We work in an environment where the pace is fast and we need to be able to respond swiftly and creatively to new situations and demands.. We know that the better our employees are, the more effective we will be and so we work hard to create a working environment that meets everyones’ needs.. We aim for a culture of honesty and openness and want to attract and retain talented people who share our vision to end poverty by 2030.. We can offer you the opportunity to:.. use your talents in an innovative working environment where each day will offer a new experience and an exciting challenge.. work with colleagues who are passionate about and share our vision.. work in a supportive, respectful and inspiring work environment.. learn and develop.. work with our partner organisations and learn from visionary and influential people who have been highly successful in their chosen fields.. Some of our financial and wellbeing benefits include.. working in an informal work environment (e.. g.. casual dress code).. working from a UK office that is accessible for wheelchair users.. a competitive salary.. flexible working arrangements (e.. homeworking, flexi time between 8 and 6 with core hours between 10 and 4).. paid leave to dedicate time to a volunteering activity of your choice and as well as paid time off for blood donations.. paid study leave and support and professional fees re-imbursed.. a stakeholder pension  ...   and being sensitive to the areas in which we work.. We treat everyone fairly and with courtesy and respect.. We recruit and promote solely on the basis of merit, aptitude and ability.. We never knowingly discriminate on the grounds of sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.. And we refuse to tolerate harassment, bullying or victimisation in any shape or form.. If you would like to take part in our diversity monitoring when applying for a vacancy, then please complete the attached ‘.. Diversity Monitoring form.. ’.. and return it to.. HR@devinit.. with the subject header DIVERSITY.. It will not be seen by the selection panel and will be used for compiling statistics for monitoring purposes only.. Recruitment Process.. We aim to ensure that our recruitment process is professional, open and transparent.. Firstly, we start by logging your application and screening it to ensure that you meet the basic requirements outlined in the Job Description.. Occasionally, the screening process may include a brief telephone interview.. If you’re successful, then the next stage is an interview with an experienced member of the team and depending on the type of job you’re applying for, we may also ask you to take part in a selection exercise or assessment which will be specific to a particular vacancy.. For some vacancies, particularly at management level, there may be a 2 stage interview process where in addition to a competency based interview, you may be further asked about your skills on managing and developing people as these skills and qualities are important to us..

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  • Title: about us - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: Development Initiatives is an independent organisation which focuses on the analysis and use of data for the elimination of absolute poverty.. Since we were established 1993, the role of information, and its potential to empower people, has always been our central focus.. Our work includes statistical analysis, evaluative data and research but most importantly how these can be applied to strategy, policy and practice.. It is this preference for using information, not simply gathering or creating knowledge, which sees us occupy a space between and work with Non-Governmental Organisations, academic institutions, government and the private sector – providing information and analysis that supports action on poverty.. Our mission.. Over 1 billion people live in absolute poverty, 500 million chronically poor people lack choice and control in their lives and 300 million are vulnerable to humanitarian crisis- all despite the fact that enough resources exist to prevent these things happening.. Significant progress has already been made.. Millions fewer people live in poverty today than even a decade ago, child mortality is falling, smallpox has been eradicated and polio is forecast to be eradicated.. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global communication and a growing recognition of poverty are huge opportunities to provide momentum we can build on.. We work alongside others to create, support and enable:.. A global consensus to ending poverty.. A target date for ending absolute poverty,.. with interim steps on eliminating $1.. 25 a day poverty.. included in the strategy that replaces the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.. National governments to commit to a basic income guarantee supported by an international architecture that acts as a catalyst and backstop.. Building evidence on the role of information in poverty eradication.. Access to information included as a priority ranking alongside access to health, education, water and sanitation in the strategy that replaces the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.. Resources for poverty eradication proportionate to need.. More resources made available for ending poverty to ensure they are proportionate to need.. The resources available, including aid, are better prioritised and targeted.. Resources available, including aid, better prioritised and targeted to where they make the biggest difference to absolute poverty.. Improved accountability of all resource providers.. All poverty relevant resource flows geo-coded, traceable and published to a common, open standard at transaction level.. A reformed international financing architecture that underpins poverty eradication.. Aid focused on extreme and chronic poverty where-ever it exists and re-conceptualised as a global mechanism which ensures basic minimum livelihoods for all, protecting against crises and shocks.. Our work.. We have a track record of providing objective, independent and rigorous data and analysis to governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs and foundations.. We are relied upon for practical advice and support by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the.. International Aid Transparency Initiative.. (IATI), the Good Humanitarian Donorship group, ONE and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.. We run programmes such as the.. (GHA) programme, which works to provide better visibility of the resources available to people in humanitarian crises, and.. , which focuses upon increased transparency and accountability of aid and other resources.. From 2000 to 2010, DI was a part of the.. Chronic Poverty Research Centre.. ; using evidence to promote security, choice and opportunity for the poorest remains central to our work.. We are also building a major resource to be launched in 2013 called Investments to end poverty (ITEP).. ITEP will seek to pull together all of the relevant data around resources (aid, private finance and investment, military and security spending, remittances etc.. ) for poverty reduction.. It is our intention in time to create a global consensus for the most effective approaches in this area – getting more value for every pound spent on aid and looking at how non-aid resources can contribute.. We provide a service to anybody involved in aid and humanitarian programming and performance, not just people working in governments, in the United Nations and NGOs, but also journalists and researchers, and individuals of all kinds, whether those paying taxes that pay for much aid and humanitarian assistance or those living in countries receiving aid.. We have partnerships with a number of key organisations which you can read about.. Further Information.. to read Development Initiatives accounts for 2011.. For further specific information on DI’s work email us at.. Our team in Nairobi.. Our team.. Our personnel come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ensuring that we have a good mix of analytical skills and field-based experience.. Filter content.. Directors and Special Advisors.. Central Services.. Outsourced Support.. Policy, Advocacy and Data.. Engagement and Impact.. Close.. Vinny Smith.. Independent Consultant.. Vinny has 20 years experience in various leadership and management roles in both ‘non profit’ and ‘for profit’ organisations.. He has spent the last 5 years in Chief Operating Officer roles and 2 years of those were with Development Initiatives.. He is currently working with us on our monitoring, evaluation and impact work and providing strategic advice on our business model.. Vinny has a BA Hons in Politics from the University of York and has undertaken training in Leading Strategy and Change at Ashridge Business School.. Analyst.. Peace Nganwa is an Agriculture Economist, based in the Kampala office as an Analyst.. She has working experience in the fields of food and nutrition security, economics, monitoring and evaluation, among others.. Previously, Peace worked as a consultant with the World Food Programme, Africa Union Liaison Office on an Africa wide, AU/WFP/ECA led study on the Social and Economic Cost of Hunger Study in Africa.. Before that, she worked as Senior Programme Assistant (Policy) with the World Food Programme, Kampala.. She has also worked part time with the World Food Programme Headquarters in Rome, the African Centre for Food Security (South Africa), and the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD).. Harpinder Collacott.. Director of Engagement and Impact.. Harpinder leads the engagement and impact team of Development Initiatives (DI), responsible for managing internal and external communications, stakeholder engagement and all digital communications for the organisation across its programmatic work.. She supports the programme teams to ensure they are working towards the organisation’s objectives and are able to monitor and evaluate their impact successfully.. Prior to joining DI, Harpinder led a communications and campaigns team at Meningitis Research Foundation.. She has extensive experience in the area of human rights, having worked as Political Advisor for the Prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone and for the Oak Foundation funding human rights bodies across the globe.. She also has experience of the private sector working with Lexington Communications in London, as well as having worked for politicians in Westminster and the European Parliament.. Harpinder has a MA from LSE in international relations and a history degree from Cambridge University.. Tom Berry.. Head of Communications.. Tom joined Development Initiatives (DI) as Head of Communications in April 2012 and is responsible for leading our internal and external communications and marketing.. Prior to joining DI, Tom spent five years in central government delivering major multi-channel communications campaigns on issues as diverse as pensions, benefit fraud and disability.. Tom has also worked on communications for the Disability Rights Commission, NSPCC and Mencap.. His work has been nominated for four Chartered Institute of Public Relations Awards.. Tom is an accredited programme manager and is currently studying for a post-graduate diploma in marketing with Cambridge Marketing College.. He has BA (Hons) in Politics and Government from Liverpool University.. Mariella Di Ciommo.. Analyst/Researcher.. Mariella holds a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from LSE, where she focused on globalisation, democracy and international development issues, and a master’s degree in Economic, Statistical and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, Milan.. Before joining Development Initiatives, Mariella worked for Caritas and local grassroots organisations in the fields of education, citizens’ engagement and rural development in Bolivia and Brazil.. In Italy, she gained professional experience contributing to a prominent exhibition on fair and sustainable development.. Mariella speaks Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.. Judith Randel.. Executive Director.. Judith is a co-founder and Executive Director of Development Initiatives.. Together with Tony German, she provides strategic direction for Development Initiatives.. Prior to establishing Development Initiatives in 1992, Judith and Tony job-shared as director of public affairs at ActionAid.. They have produced a wealth of publications and papers, notably as founding editors and advisors on Reality of Aid, 1991Ð2004.. Judith is well known in the NGO and donor communities for her work on aid statistics, financing instruments and humanitarian aid trends and is a sought-after speaker on the issue.. Judith notably directs the Global Humanitarian Assistance programme and our work with ONE/DATA.. Tony German.. Tony is a co-founder and Executive Director of Development Initiatives.. Together with Judith Randel, he provides strategic direction for Development Initiatives.. Tony's analysis, research and communication work in the development and aid arena has prompted high-level policy debate and action on critical issues such as the role of public engagement in poverty reduction, the importance of social investment and social security beyond national borders and attention to rights that underline the potential for eradicating poverty by 2025.. Having played an instrumental role in highlighting the concept, symptoms and effects of chronic poverty, Tony is now working to build consensus on the need for an MDG+ strategy to be put in place by 2010 and to agree the affordability and achiehvability of absolute poverty elimination by a specified date.. Andrew Palmer.. Senior Engagement and Advocacy Advisor.. Andrew works on engagement and advocacy at Development Initiatives (DI), helping to build the case for people to make evidence-based and data-informed decisions for poverty eradication.. He leads DI's engagement on the post-2015 framework, the Open Government Partnership, Commit4Africa and wider advocacy on better data.. Prior to joining DI, Andrew worked in the private sector as Group Corporate Affairs Manager for the healthcare company Bupa.. He has extensive experience in the political field having worked as a Parliamentary Advisor on international development in Westminster.. He is co-founder of Conservative Friends of International Development and has significant experience of running programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.. Andrew has a BA in History and Politics from Nottingham University.. Asma Zubairi.. Analyst/Policy Advisor.. Asma is an Economic and Statistical Analyst who is responsible for our analysis of official development assistance and other resource flows.. Asma is an economist with a background in development studies.. She has a masters specialising in global political economy from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and has spent 3 years working with a developing country government on aid effectiveness and government budgetary practices, as well as advising on policy in the Education sector.. Bill Anderson.. Data Standards and Systems Analyst.. Bill is an information systems specialist with a particular interest in country ownership and public sector capacity-building issues in Africa.. He is a South African who worked for fifteen years as an intelligence analyst for the African National Congress and subsequently spent fifteen years in the UK software industry specialising in electronic data interchange.. In 2005 he combined his two skill-sets to focus on the development of public information systems in Africa.. Carolyn Culey.. Senior Policy Advisor.. Carolyn joined Development Initiatives in 2008 as Senior Policy Adviser on the AidInfo programme.. She leads aidinfo’s advocacy work in promoting the case for aid transparency and is a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Secretariat.. Carolyn has 18 years’ policy and campaigning experience in the international development sector.. She led Oxfam GB’s parliamentary and government relations work for 11 years and subsequently worked for a wide range of NGOs on a freelance basis, offering strategic advice and undertaking campaign evaluations.. Charles Lwanga Ntale.. Regional Director, East Central Africa.. Charles is the Regional Director and Special Adviser for East Central Africa.. His work continues to evolve, and presently it focuses on chronic poverty and vulnerability issues, effectiveness of development assistance, linking evidence to policy, and developing north-south partnerships.. He has particular interest in working on African Development, and prior to taking up his new job at DI he worked as Head of Social Protection for Africa for Helpage International (2010-2011); Executive Director (and founder) of Development Research and Training (Uganda), and Coordinator of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre’s activities in Eastern Africa.. He has researched on chronic poverty, aid effectiveness, and social protection, and has also had considerable involvement in institutional capacity building, project design, strategic planning, evaluation, and development of monitoring and evaluation systems.. Specific themes of interest include HIV and AIDS, exclusion, disability, decentralization, and chronic poverty.. Chloe Stirk.. Programme Researcher.. Chloe works on the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) programme conducting research and providing policy analysis for a range of products and services, including the GHA Report and country profiles.. Her research currently focuses upon private funding in humanitarian donorship and public/private partnerships.. She has a particular interest in humanitarian and development issues in Latin America.. Before joining Development Initiatives Chloe lived in Colombia where she established an international volunteer programme for a local NGO supporting displaced children.. Prior to this she worked in project development in the youth and community and criminal justice sectors in the UK, as well as having conducted prospect research for UK and international charities and NGOs.. Chloe has a degree in Italian and Linguistics from University College London and a qualification in Social and Community Project Management from the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.. She speaks Spanish, Italian and French.. Chris Childs.. Non-Executive Director.. Chris provides advice, support and direction to Development Initiatives (DI) in his role as a Non-Executive Director.. He helps DI to broaden its skills and cross-sector exposure.. Having studied law at Southampton University, Chris then worked as a solicitor.. He is currently a part-time consultant with the merged firm MLM Cartwright in Cardiff, having been a partner in the firm Cartwright Black.. Chris has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with a wide range of employment matters.. He has appeared extensively as an advocate before the Employment Tribunals, acting for employers and employees.. Chris undertakes regulatory work and conducts prosecutions for Royal Mail and the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills.. He also acts as company secretary and a member of the Board of Management of the charity Lightship 2000.. Corinne Durbin.. Office Co-Ordinator.. Corinne runs the main Development Initiatives HQ in Bristol as well as coordinating the facilities that enable everyone to work from their remote bases.. Corinne joined us from a marketing and advertising agency and brings with her over 20 years’ experience from the banking, construction, media and service industries.. Cordelia Lonsdale.. Engagement and Communications Officer.. Cordelia joined us in June 2012 as a Policy and Engagement Assistant and in June 2013 began working with the aidinfo programme and with the wider engagement team as Engagement and Communications Officer.. Cordelia develops strategies and material to effectively communicate to target stakeholders the importance of transparency and access to information in ending poverty, and to works with DI colleagues to help influence policy and decision-making through wider engagement on our research agendas.. Cordelia has an MSc in International Relations and a particular interest in the links between foreign policy and development finance decision making.. She is also researching China’s activities as an emerging donor.. Prior to joining DI Cordelia worked as Fundraising and Communications Officer with the Mowgli Foundation, a UK-based, not-for-profit organisation which supports private sector growth and employment creation in the Middle East.. She supported the establishment of the charity’s projects in the South West of the UK through relationship-building with local stakeholders and funders.. Cordelia studied English at undergraduate level and spent a year teaching English as a foreign language in  ...   the club where he plays Badminton.. Rob Tew.. Rob works across a number of projects and programmes within Development Initiatives as an economics and statistics advisor.. As part of the aidinfo programme, Rob has carried out studies on the status of aid information in a number of partner countries and he represents aidinfo on the Technical Advisory Group of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).. He is also undertaking analysis of donor budgeting processes as part of the Budget 4 Change programme.. Rob also carried out statistical analysis of aid data for The DATA Report 2009.. Prior to working for Development Initiatives, Rob gained over 10 years' experience of implementing information management programmes in the financial services sector.. Rob has a first-class honours degree in Development and Economics from the London School of Economics.. Sarah Chambers.. Sarah is our finance officer and is central to the efficient operation of both our private consultancy practice and the not-for-profit company.. Her key role is to keep an official track of company spending and an accurate trail of all the financial movements.. Sarah’s role covers day-to-day bookkeeping, performing monthly payroll and also covering certain HR duties.. One of Sarah’s objectives is to make sure the company keeps up to date with all relevant legislation in the financial field.. Sarah has passed her Level 3 AAT qualification at Strode College whilst working at Development Initiatives.. Prior to working for Development Initiatives Sarah spent six years in a restaurant partnership, during which time she obtained her qualification as a bookkeeper with the International Association of Bookkeepers.. Sarah Henon.. Sarah joined Development Initiatives (DI) in September 2012 as an analyst.. She is responsible for delivering high quality research and analysis of development policy and data.. Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences with a major in Government and a Research Masters in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh.. Her Research Masters dissertation critically examined the United Nations’ Human Rights Education Programmes since 1993.. After completing her Masters, Sarah was employed by the University of Edinburgh as a research assistant in the School of Social & Political Sciences.. She applied a range of qualitative methods to explore constituent political cultures in Europe.. Sarah spent two and a half years working for the international NGO Aide et Action as Regional Capitalisation & Institutional Fundraising Officer, based in the South-East Asia office.. Her work covered Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and China.. She has experience working for local organisations in Thailand and as a research intern for the Law & Justice Foundation in Australia.. Simon Parrish.. Programme Leader - aidinfo.. Simon leads the aidinfo programme, having previously worked for aidinfo for a number of years advising on data standards and the application of technology.. He oversees the day to day management of the programme, ensuring that it's on track to meet its targets in addition to devising and implementing aidinfo's next phase of strategy.. Additionally, he provides support to the Technical Advisory Group of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), leading on the data formats, technical architecture and systems workstream.. This will support existing and new information providers in assessing impact and implementing the IATI standard.. Simon joined us from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and brings first-hand experience of delivering improvements to the systems that underpin donor business processes and systems.. Prior to joining DFID, Simon worked at the BBC as a media data consultant, analysing complex data requirements and advising on the use of data standards.. Velina Stoianova.. With an academic background in Political Science and International Development and work experience with FRIDE and DARA, Velina joined us in early 2010 as a Policy Advisor in our GHA programme working on the analysis of the humanitarian delivery system including research on financial flows and private funding.. Whilst Velina is now an Independent Consultant, she still works with us supporting our work on private funding in humanitarian aid.. Victoria Room.. Policy Advisor.. Victoria is the Policy Advisor for aidinfo, leading aidinfo’s work on research and partnerships.. As part of this, Victoria works with a wide range of organisations to build an evidence base on the need for aid transparency and to join up the various efforts to make resources for poverty reduction more transparent.. Victoria also works on exploring the potential of crowdsourcing to create feedback loops in the aid system.. Victoria coordinates the day-to-day management of aidinfo, preparing reports to funders and representing aidinfo at external meetings.. Prior to joining Development Initiatives, Victoria worked for Panos London on the Information Society and Globalisation Programmes.. Victoria has a Masters in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam.. Tim Strawson.. Analyst / Policy Advisor.. Tim joined Development Initiatives from the South African National Treasury, where he worked as a senior economist in the Public Finance division under a Fellowship from the Overseas Development Institute.. Tim holds an honors degree in Economics from the University of Sussex and a Master’s degree in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford, where his thesis examined monetary policy transmission mechanisms in Botswana.. He has experience in Argentina and Zambia, and previously worked for Five Talents, a microfinance charity.. Karen Rono.. Karen is a Junior Analyst based in our Nairobi Office and is part of a team of professionals who are providing in-depth research, collection, analysis and interpretation of data on resource flows in order to support our work on the East African region’s poverty eradication objectives.. Karen has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with a specialization in Public Finance and Health Economics.. Her Masters dissertation was on the Econometric analysis of the Determinants of Health care Provider Choices for Malaria and Respiratory disease Patients in Kenya.. While at Dar es Salaam, she also served as a tutorial assistant in the Economics Department, and also participated in a Behavioral Economics Research: “Micro Finance Games across the city of Dar es Salaam” to determine the demand for Health Insurance among members of a Micro Finance institution.. Karen speaks English and Swahili.. Davis Adieno.. Capacity Development Manager.. Davis is based at the Africa office in Nairobi.. He provides capacity support assessments of partner education, reproductive health and other related CSOs in order to develop and deliver tailored capacity support plans in the region.. He coordinates and facilitates capacity development processes for identified actors and supports engagement of governments, civil society and other stakeholders in calling for better use of information on resources for poverty elimination.. Davis joined us from the National Taxpayers Association (NTA) in Kenya, where he implemented national programmes that empowered citizens to demand accountability.. Before that he was the NTA’s Communications Officer and has previously worked for Triad Architects and Nation Media Group, the leading media house in Eastern Africa.. Davis is currently undertaking a project for his Masters in Communications Studies at the University of Nairobi, which focuses on enhancing citizen participation in provision of health services.. He also holds a BA in Design (major in Graphics Design) from the University of Nairobi, has trained as a Certified Public Accountant and holds Certificates in Sales Marketing and Web Design and Interactive Animation.. Emmanuel Rukundo.. Emmanuel is a development economist with degrees from Makerere University Kampala and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.. His postgraduate research was on Decentralisation and health service delivery in Uganda.. Previously, he worked as a Research Officer with FARST Africa, a public health and development consulting firm in Kampala working largely on health and development evaluations.. He has a good working knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research skills and has worked on a wide range of development issues including social protection, health financing and participatory poverty assessments for IDS in the UK, World Vision International and Uganda’s Ministry of Finance.. Emmanuel is based in our office in Kampala, Uganda where he shares office space with our colleagues at DRT (Development Research and Training).. Mariam Ibrahim.. Executive Assistant.. Mariam is an Executive Assistant providing PA support to the Regional Director based in the Nairobi office.. In addition, Mariam assists in the implementation of the Africa programme work as well as covering administration, facilities and financial management of the office.. Prior to joining Development Initiatives, Mariam worked in the banking industry (Barclays Bank of Kenya), where she garnered experience in finance and accounting, corporate communication and administration as well as contributing to the corporate social responsibility arm of the bank.. This responsibility included working with the less privileged in society, providing direct income support for self sustenance.. Her previous work also included time with the Kenya Wildlife Service on accounting, data processing and program interventions.. She holds a BA (Hons) majoring in Sociology and Business Administration (minor) from Kenyatta University and an MBA in Strategic Management from the Kenya Methodist University.. Betty Mithia.. Admin Assistant.. Betty is an Administrative Assistant and has over 5 years' working experience in the private sector and is providing administrative support in ensuring the smooth running of the office in Nairobi.. Before joining DI, Betty worked at Reime Kenya, a telecommunications company, where she was an administrator in charge of general business operations and customer service.. She has also worked at the Deacons Clothing Textiles' Sales Advisory department.. Betty has extensive experience in office management, event organization and public relations and has an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations.. In addition, she has also trained in ‘Effective Office Management’ and ‘Strategic Leadership on Managing Change at the workplace’.. Jason Braganza.. Senior Analyst.. Jason is a Senior Analyst based in our Nairobi office and has over 5 years experience in working on regional integration, international development, trade policy and private sector development issues.. He has worked as the Country Economist for the International Growth Centre (IGC) in South Sudan, worked for advocacy organisations in Kenya and is also a former ODI Fellow where he served as the economist in the Office of the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of the East African Community.. Jason has also worked for the UK based consulting firm Adam Smith International and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).. Jason studied Economics at SOAS and has an MA in Development Economics.. Technical Analyst.. Steve is a technical analyst based at the Africa hub for our aidinfo program.. He provides technical support to the new publishers of IATI data as well as supporting IATI work in the East Africa region.. In addition, he provides IT support to the East Africa team.. Steve has previously worked as a consultant at the DI Africa hub providing Research and IT support to the team.. Before joining DI Steve was involved in freelance IT consultancy and part-time farming.. He previously worked for the Kenya National Examination Council and Stanbic Bank.. Steve holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and is also undertaking his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants course.. During his free time, Steve enjoys reading, football and travelling.. Find him online at.. www.. iamkenei.. com.. and on twitter.. @iamkenei.. Steven Flower.. Independent Consultant.. Steven has been providing technical support and advice to donors, foundations, NGOs and private sector organisations publishing to IATI since 2011 and has a background working on open data projects.. Myles Wickstead.. Special Advisor.. Between 1993 and 1997, Myles was based in Nairobi as Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa, responsible for British Government development programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.. He coordinated the 1997 Government White Paper 'Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century’; served on the Board of the World Bank (and as Development Counsellor at the British Embassy) in Washington from 1997 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2004 was based in Addis Ababa as British Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti.. Myles was Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa (CfA) from early 2004 to late 2005 - The Commission’s Report ‘Our Common Interest’ formed the basis of the G8 Gleneagles Communique on Africa.. In September 2010, the Commission produced a follow-up Report – ‘Still Our Common Interest’ – to report on progress against the CfA’s recommendations.. As well as acting as a Special Advisor for Development Initiatives, Myles is a Visiting Professor (International Relations) at the Open University, an Advisor to ‘Hand in Hand International’ and is also on the Boards of a number of NGOs, Trusts and Foundations.. He was Chair of CONCERN UK until mid-2011; Independent Vice-Chair of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy until January 2012 and has been a Board member of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, the Crown Agents’ Foundation and the Development Studies Association.. He is currently Chair of One World Media (OWM), and Board member of the Baring Foundation, the Comic Relief International Grants Committee, the II Foundation (International Development through Sport) and the Advisory Council of Wilton Park.. He was a Special Advisor to the Parliamentary International Development Select Committee.. He now sits on the Liberal Democrat International Affairs Committee.. Myles has degrees from the Universities of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours) and Oxford (M.. Litt), and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Leeds Met University, the Open University and the University of Ulster in recognition of his work on Africa.. In the New Year’s Honours 2006 he was appointed CBE.. Ana Toni.. From 2003 until May 2011, Ana Toni was the Representative for the Ford Foundation in Brazil, during which time she oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of human rights, sustainable development, racial and ethical discrimination, sexuality and reproductive health, media democratization and land rights.. She was also responsible for coordinating the regional Latin America funding on Economics and Globalization, the IBSA initiative (joint work between Brazil, South Africa and India) and the International Initiative on Intellectual Property Rights.. From 1998 to 2002 Ana was the Executive Director of ActionAid Brazil; working to contribute to the eradication of poverty and inequality through community development projects, as well as public policy advocacy and campaigning at national and international levels.. Ana also worked for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990 – 1993) representing the organization at the United National Environment and Development Conference.. She worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997; first, as the International Head of the Political Unit based at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and subsequently as Senior Advisor for Greenpeace Germany.. Ana was the Board Chair of Greenpeace Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and a Board member of GIFE (the Brazilian Private Social Investment Association).. As well as acting as a Special Advisor for Development Initiatives, Ana is the chair of Greenpreace International Board of Directors, a member of the Editorial Board of Le Monde Diplomatique Brazil, a Board member of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity and the Forum of Women’s Leaders on Sustainability and partner at a consultancy firm called GIP (Public Interest Management).. Ana graduated in Economic and Social Studies at Swansea University, has completed a master degree in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and is a candidate for a PhD on Social Politics at the Rio de Janeiro State University.. Emily Omego.. Finance Officer Nairobi office.. Emily has been working with International Medical Corps previously and has experience of Financial Processes, Budgets, payroll, supplier invoicing, audits and bank & cash reconciliations with Sage & QuickBooks experience.. Prior to this, Emily’s background was as an Accountant for 5 years in a savings and credit organization and a logistics company.. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently studying for a Bachelors of Commerce.. She enjoys reading and exploring different sites in Kenya..

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  • Title: discussion-papers - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: Disccussion Papers.. What is this?.. This section of our website seeks to encourage fresh thinking on the best approaches to end poverty.. We post up papers that reflect our latest thinking and analysis and very much want to hear from you on their conclusions and other related issues.. You can comment on each paper and discuss it with others, you can also share  ...   want to get in touch with us directly you can email us at.. Below is a list of the current discussion papers.. Working paper: Counting the poor.. ODA loans.. Harnessing All Resources.. Access to information.. How to implement an access to information goal.. The case for Open Development in the post 2015 agenda.. The case for including access to information in the post-2015 framework..

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  • Title: EVENT! Devolution: Challenges and opportunities for Kenya’s health sector - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: Another#AfricaCounts Round Table event by DI Africa Hub.. Theme: Devolution in Kenya s health sector: Challenges and Opportunities.. Development Initiatives is convening the next.. Africacounts Roundtable Forum.. on Thursday 4th July 2013 in Nairobi.. The roundtable aims to provide a unique (multi-stakeholder) platform to facilitate engagement and policy interactions that Kenyans need in order to interrogate and understand the prospects of devolving the health function.. CSOs, academia, politicians, policymakers, and media will be in attendance.. We will also be using the Round Table as the African platform for launching DI s.. recent report on Nutrition financing.. , written by Mariella Di Ciommo and launched in the UK in June..  ...   and academia to influence resource allocation and prioritisation of poverty eradication in the East Africa region.. Recent.. Round Table Forums explored:.. 1) The prospects of East Africa’s natural resource finds,.. 2) The state of Social Protection in East Africa ,.. 3) The progress of the Kenya Open Data Initiative and.. 3) The Open Development Movement in Uganda.. How to attend/get involved.. To register, please visit the Eventbrite:.. eventbrite.. com/event/7182020617.. Further details :.. Devolving the health function Round Table note (2).. /.. Tentative Programme Nutrition report launch and RTF.. Join the conversation! Tweeting on the day from @devinitorg office and our team @okwaroh, @iamkenei: hashtags #Africacounts #devolvehealth.. Date: July 1, 2013..

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  • Title: East African budget highlights 2013-14 - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: DI senior analyst Jason Braganza presents new analysis of recent budget statements from four East African Community (EAC) countries.. Key highlights:.. The.. EAC Regional Budget.. which is made up of individual EAC partner state contributions continues to be majority funded by development partners putting at risk the manoeuvrability the EAC has on priority development projects;.. Kenya’s Budget is the largest in the region at US$18.. 6 billion followed by Tanzania at US$11.. 1 billion, and Uganda and Rwanda at US$4.. 6 billion and US$2.. 5 billion.. Rwanda and Uganda both presented budgets with reduced ‘aid’ components following recent withdrawal of international donor assistance to these countries.. This has placed significant pressure on fiscal policy and budget management for these countries.. Kenya presented its first budget under the new system of government and newly elected government.. The budget presented has a Kenya Shilling 300 billion deficit that is expected to be financed through a raft of tax increases that will further increase the pressure already on people’s incomes.. Tanzania presented an increased budget for the fiscal year 2013/14 with emphasis on the infrastructure and extractive sectors.. The Minister of Finance introduced a number of taxes to finance the increasing deficit going into 2013/14.. The EAC region as whole has seen budget allocations increase across the board with a common emphasis on the infrastructure and extractive sectors.. In addition, the region seems to be leaning towards running deficits to finance both recurrent and development expenditures.. The budget process in the.. East African Community.. (EAC) region is always an eye-catching affair.. It is when those who can leverage support for additional resources do so (a case in point has been in Kenya where a number of protests have taken place among public sector workers).. The budget cycle in the region is also interesting, as in accordance with the EAC Treaty, all five Partner States present their budget statements simultaneously.. The 2013/14 budget process was particularly notable as many East African countries are encountering particular challenges that have not been as prominent previously.. For example, in Rwanda and Uganda, the ‘aid’ component has dwindled significantly putting strain on governments to raise the deficit, while in Kenya, it is expected the implementation of the Constitution and, in particular, the devolved system of government will account for a significant part of government expenditure.. This piece presents key highlights and analysis of the budget statements from the EAC partner States and will be followed in time by detailed analysis by country.. Citizens Burden.. The 2013/14 budgets presented to the various Houses of Parliament in the region suggested two broad things.. First that financing expenditure in the coming fiscal year will be difficult, and second that the burden of financing expenditure will fall squarely on the citizens in the region.. Indeed, in Rwanda and Uganda, the budgets presented lacked significant ‘aid’ components that had been all too familiar in the  ...   is no doubt that the poor will be adversely affected.. The budgets presented in mid-June make brave attempts to provide a ‘soft-landing’ for the poor with a myriad of social protection schemes.. However, much of the financing of these social protection schemes is coming from the pockets of the poor, the supposed recipients.. The budgets presented do not perhaps offer immediate short term respite for the poor in the region, but the foundations for a more equitable and available form of social protection does seem to be on the horizon.. This is certainly the case in Kenya where some initiatives in the budget suggest a move towards gender specific, marginalised groups, and maternal sectors.. Beyond the balancing.. Beyond the balancing act that is required to ensure there isn t undue pressure on fiscal policy and management, there are additional concerns that.. DI.. has in relation to the budgets:.. The widening deficit not only at national level but also regional level.. Increased taxation on citizens and industries which potentially threaten the competitiveness of the region.. The bulging cost of the recurrent budget and resulting implications on development budgets and.. The increasing emphasis on the extractive sectors at expense of more traditional sectors such agriculture and industry.. On a more positive note DI sees the emphasis on improving infrastructure at the national and regional level as a positive step towards enhancing trade and investment potential in the first instance.. At regional level, there is a lot to be said for the budget statement that was presented slightly in advance of the Partner States.. The most prominent story coming out of it is that over 80% of the budget is being financed by donors with these being mostly directed towards development projects.. The obvious challenge the EAC Secretariat faces is how push its own development agenda when funds are coming from external sources a dilemma that needs to be addressed by national partner state governments or risk the regional integration agenda ceasing to be home-grown.. In terms of harmonisation and coordination with Partner State budget priorities, it would appear that the 2013/14 EAC budget seems to be more aligned than in previous years.. In conclusion, we can usefully summarise the 2013/14 budget statements using the proverbial saying: “.. the more things appear to change, the more they stay the same.. ” the cost of living has gone up as have taxes, deficits are increasing, and the conversation is all about oil and natural resources.. In all of this, we must not lose sight of the fact that we see the situation of the poor and vulnerable in the region not really improving and potentially getting worse.. More detailed country specific analysis will follow this summary.. For details on this blog piece or more specific country information contact Jason Braganza, Senior Analyst at DI-Africa Hub in Nairobi.. Jason.. Braganza@devinit.. CBC.. Excellent Analysis.. Date: June 28, 2013..

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  • Title: The UK Spending Round 2013 - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: DI analysis of the effect of.. today s Spending Round.. on UK aid.. The Chancellor.. maintains UK’s 0.. 7% of national income commitment, announcing £12.. 2 billion aid budget in 2015/16.. Government departments other than DFID to provide increasing aid share, with expanded climate and conflict funds proposed.. In today’s.. Spending Round.. , the Chancellor.. declared himself.. “proud to support a Government that is the first in our history” to meet the 0.. 7% pledge in 2013, while acknowledging pressure from some quarters to relax the aid ‘ring‑fence’ which protects it from spending reductions across other government departments.. While legislation in this Parliament obliging the UK to allocate 0.. 7% of national income to aid looks unlikely, the Government has consistently stated that it would continue to do so.. The Chancellor stated the UK Government would maintain its commitment to spend 0.. 7% of national income as Official Development Assistance (ODA) into 2015/16.. The decision comes amid difficult circumstances for the UK economy and public spending.. Aid expected to account for 1.. 6% of total government spending in 2015/16.. Planned aid and government spending in relation to national income forecast, 2015/16.. [Source: OBR.. March 2013 GNI forecasts.. ; HM Treasury,.. Spending Round 2013.. , tables 1.. 1 2.. 13].. Not all UK aid spending comes from DFID, and its share is set to fall slightly.. The Department for International Development (DFID) budget and ODA are often treated as interchangeable, but some of DFID’s budget is not eligible to be classed as aid (for example spending in support of some overseas territories), and spending by other departments can be classified as aid if this meets international rules overseen by the OECD.. The DFID budget will increase by 7.. 8% (£809 million) in financial year 2015/16 compared with 2014/15 (the last year covered in the.. 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review.. ).. Over 95% of this is ODA: £10.. 3 billion of the £11.. 1 billion total in 2015/16.. Other departments provided 12.. 6%  ...   to publish up to date information under the International Aid Transparency Initiative,.. including the FCO.. (see.. DFID business plan.. , 2.. 1.. iii).. The Spending Round.. document.. offers some clues:.. a new ‘Conflict, Stability and Security Fund’ (over £1 billion), overseen by the National Security Council which would build on the existing Conflict Pool but bring in new resources “across government to prevent conflict and tackle threats” from instability overseas (Box 2.. C): it is not clear how much of this would be ODA, but the Conflict Pool accounted for £116 million of UK ODA in 2012;.. increased climate change work in developing countries (to £969 million) through a combination of DFID, Department of Energy and Climate Change (which provided £241 million of ODA in total in 2012) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (para 2.. 64).. Other things to follow.. It is also worth noting that the UK will continue to commit at least 30% of ODA to fragile and conflict-affected states, while also increasing ODA in areas of UK expertise, such as science and research, and also strengthening tax collection, an important means to increase developing country capacity to raise their own resources to reduce poverty.. document also states that the Government may continue its policy of ending aid programmes in ‘middle income countries’, such as India and South Africa, “to focus aid where it is needed most”.. Large numbers of poor people still live in many countries defined as middle income on World Bank criteria.. Therefore it remains to be seen whether ending such programmes necessarily leads to a greater focus on need.. More details on Government plans in this area are needed.. We will also explore this issue in our ‘Investments to End Poverty’ report in September 2013.. Author: Ian Townsend, Lead Analyst, Development Initiatives.. Annette W.. Munabi.. Interesting especially the areas of focus It will be interesting to see how strengthening tax collection in developing countries will be supported.. Date: June 26, 2013..

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  • Title: Time to ‘join’ the revolution: a call to action for transparency initiatives - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: By Andrew Palmer.. Read our briefing paper.. :.. Joined Up Transparency.. : Turning more data into better information to end poverty (PDF).. It’s a well known fact that summer brings out the revolutionaries.. As the temperature rises, so does the level of rhetoric demanding social change:.. “We need a transparency revolution, so citizens can see exactly where and how taxes, aid and revenues from extractive industries are spent.. ”.. “We call for a.. data revolution.. for sustainable development.. “.. Governments should publish information on laws, budgets, spending, national statistics, elections and government contracts.. What is less usual is for the above statements to come from Presidents, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries serving on the G8 and a UN High Level Panel (See Point 10 of the.. G8 Declaration 2013.. and p.. 9 and 21 of.. High Level Panel Report on Post-2015 Development Agenda.. Now, I’m not one to turn down an open invitation; if world leaders want a transparency revolution, then the least we can do is join it.. Literally.. Let me explain.. In a recent article Jamie Drummond of the ONE campaign outlined a need to.. join up the dots.. on transparency or risk duplication of effort and missed opportunities.. We agree.. Not only should we join the dots, but we must ensure that the resulting picture is detailed enough to reflect the reality of people’s  ...   bit ):.. Find the intersections:.. Financial data, demographics, social and economic indicators contain intersections that allow disparate datasets to be combined and for one to enrich the understanding of another;.. Use the same description:.. If the intersecting fields are commonly defined and categorised across datasets (i.. e.. global standards creating common reporting codes and protocols for time, money, geography, organisation identifiers and functional classifications) joins between datasets become possible.. Do it the same way:.. If the authors of standards and reporting languages adopt interoperable protocols it will become possible for these joins to be executed automatically.. What happens next?.. Drawing on our experience of statistical analysis and our work as part of the International Aid Transparency Initiative, Development Initiatives is keen to start a conversation with other sector-specific transparency initiatives (official statistics and open data) to identify priority areas for action in joining-up the data.. In particular, we’re keen to host an open workshop with other transparency initiatives alongside the Open Government Partnership meeting in London in November 2013 which we hope can be a first step towards the formation of the post-2015 ‘Global Partnership on Development Data’.. The rallying-cry has sounded.. It’s time to ‘join’ the revolution.. Contact us:.. Andrew Palmer is Senior Engagement and Advocacy Adviser for Development Initiatives.. @andrewepalmer.. @devinit.. (This blog post first appeared on the.. Open Government Partnership website).. Date: June 19, 2013..

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  • Title: DI and Publish What You Fund welcome G8 commitment to aid transparency - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: The G8 is finally delivering on aid transparency promises with all countries committing to full and timely implementation of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).. This includes France, Italy and Japan, for the first time.. Implementation of IATI is achievable and consistent with the goals of the Lough Erne Summit, as it provides a standard for publishing aid information that is open, easy to read and can be reused.. It can also serve as a model for open data standards in other development flows, such as climate finance.. IATI will enable governments, parliaments and citizens in both developing and donor countries to follow the money and make sure that aid delivers results, increasing accountability and effectiveness.. This will ensure G8 countries don’t fall short on  ...   has to mean G8 governments are fully transparent about where their own money goes too.. We look forward to seeing rapid progress on this now that the commitment to IATI has been reaffirmed.. Harpinder Collacott, Director of Director of Engagement and Impact, Development Initiatives said:.. “IATI is absolutely central to meeting the information needs of developing countries and in turn the overall goal of ending poverty.. The settlement also includes a commitment to publishing information on laws, budgets, spending, national statistics, elections and government contracts in a way that is easy to read and reuse so that citizens can hold them to account.. DI raised aid transparency as a key issue in advance of the summit.. Read our memo to the G8.. Date: June 18, 2013..

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  • Title: Event: 'Engaging in the post-2015 debate' with Guardian Development - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: Speaker: Maeve Shearlaw,.. Guardian Development.. 6pm, 25 July.. Bocabar, Bath Road,.. Bristol, UK.. After months of negotiations, a high-level panel set up by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has released its final report on development after the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, setting out an ambitious target to end extreme poverty by 2030.. The Guardian global development team have been reporting on the process.. How have readers engaged in the debate? How can the media promote participation? Maeve Shearlaw will introduce the Guardian’s coverage and be available for a short Q A.. Maeve Shearlaw.. is the  ...   across social media.. Follow her on twitter.. @maeveshearlaw.. About this event:.. South West Global Development drinks.. are regular, roughly bi-monthly gatherings: drinks, networking and chat for South West UK based researchers/academics, professionals, and NGOs working on global development.. This informal evening gathering is free and open to all those who want to share ideas about.. poverty/inequality.. international development,.. disaster reduction/crises/humanitarian response,.. sustainability,.. global politics/global economics and.. CSR/social enterprise.. Please register for the event and come and meet us! The Linkedin group is.. Event Registration Online.. for.. South West Global Development drinks: Engaging in the post-2015 debate.. powered by.. Eventbrite..

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  • Title: A memo to the G8: Time to deliver on aid transparency - Development Initiatives
    Descriptive info: On Saturday 15th June, the United Kingdom hosted a G-8 session specifically on Trade, Tax and Transparency — billed as Open for Growth or the ‘3Ts’ event (you can read Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office s speech from the event.. The event highlighted the importance of transparency and accountability for development, and attracted plenty of attention.. If you search Twitter for the hashtag.. #.. opendatachallenge.. , you ll get an idea of what was discussed at the event.. But as well as coming up with new ideas, we and our partners.. Publish What You Fund.. believe the G-8 leaders should use this opportunity to deliver on existing transparency pledges.. In January, British Prime Minister David Cameron.. set out his agenda.. for the U.. K.. ’s G-8 Presidency in his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, explaining that his priorities would “focus on advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and promoting greater transparency, in order to drive lasting global prosperity.. ” This placed a welcome spotlight on the importance of good governance for reducing poverty.. However, as noted in a recent blog by.. Kevin Watkins.. , this year’s G-8 is taking place against a new backdrop of austerity, recession and falling aid levels, which makes accountability on existing pledges even more important.. With that in mind, the G-8 leaders could usefully recall two outstanding agenda items on which they now have the chance to deliver:.. 1.. Deliver full aid transparency as promised.. With a maelstrom of new initiatives and issues competing for the limelight in the lead up to the Lough Erne summit, and with increasing attention being paid to the tax and natural resources transparency agenda, we and our partners involved in the.. are urging Cameron and the other G-8 leaders not to lose sight of a key resource: The $126 billion in Overseas Development Assistance currently given by OECD donors each year.. Increasing the transparency and effectiveness of aid is a key ask from poor countries.. Why? Because it can make a real difference: Empowering partner country decision makers to budget, spend and track precious financial resources more effectively, and allowing citizens to hold their governments to  ...   components of the common standard and even though some G-8 countries have made good progress on this front, there’s still plenty to be done (see the.. IATI 2013 Annual Report.. for a detailed review by country).. At next week’s summit, we urge the G-8 leaders to reaffirm pledges made in Busan that they will fully implement the common standard, including all elements of the International Aid Transparency Initiative, by December 2015.. It’s imperative that the world’s wealthiest donors meet this goal so they don’t fall short on promises they have made to developing countries.. 2.. Remaining G-8 countries to join the Open Government Partnership.. Another win for developing countries with a stake in the global transparency movement would be if those G-8 members (France, Germany and Japan) who are so far absent from the.. Open Government Partnership.. committed to join.. The open government movement is gathering steam, and public support for access to open data as a means of monitoring budgets, public expenditure and tax revenues is growing.. Many developing nations are making an active contribution to the OGP, so this is a good opportunity for the G-8 to “put their own house in order.. Initiatives such as the International Budget Partnership and the Open Government Partnership, and standards such as IATI and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, are garnering global support.. But open data will only have a real impact on development in the poorest countries if supported by an enabling political environment — and that’s where the G-8, the world’s most powerful countries, can have a huge impact.. In the wake of the U.. N.. High-Level Panel Report on the Post-2015 Framework proposing a.. transformational agenda on transparency.. and a ‘Global Data Revolution’, there is no time like the present for the G-8 to be the game-changers and mobilise at the forefront of the open government movement.. We are hopeful about what the G-8 will commit to in terms of aid transparency-it’s a great opportunity.. Watch this space.. This is a joint post by our Executive Director, Judith Randel, with David Hall Matthews of.. This article originally appeared in a slightly different form in.. Devex.. Date: June 17, 2013..

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