On 16-18 September, the Promoting the Use of Open Data to Strengthen Fiscal Transparency in Indonesia and the Philippines (OD4Transparency) project brought together its civil society organisation (CSO) grantees at the Ford Foundation Auditorium in Jakarta to develop pilot projects to address local level fiscal transparency issues. The three-day workshop allowed participants to explore in-depth how open data can be used to improve fiscal transparency at the local level. The OD4Transparency project – implemented by the World Wide Web Foundation’s Jakarta Open Data Lab, with funding from the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI) – works to enable local CSOs in both Indonesia and the Philippines to effectively harness the opportunities of open data to advance local government transparency.
The four project partners – International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) andCivil Society Network for Education Reforms (E-NET Philippines) from the Philippines, and Pattiro Surakarta and IDEA Association from Indonesia – gathered for a series of presentations, expert sessions, structured learning exercises and other participatory sessions that looked at how open data can be used to improve local government fiscal transparency – from locating and accessing publicly available budget and spending data, to strengthening monitoring of how governments spend public funds. Over the course of the workshop, participants explored best practices for accessing, analysing and interpreting data, shared experiences with current open data practices, and worked to develop work plans for local pilot interventions. On the last day of the workshop, grantees had the opportunity to share their proposed work plans with fellow CSO representatives, as well as friends and partners of the Web Foundation and SEATTI, and to strengthen their plans based on feedback received and lessons learned during the workshop.
The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Michael Canares, the Project Manager of the OD4Transparency Project, with resources contributed by Mr. Andreas Pawelke, Asia Pacific Regional Manager of the Web Foundation’s Open Data programme, Mr. Josef Hardi and Mr. Endiyan Rakhmanda, IT Specialists with the Jakarta Open Data Lab, and mentors Dr. Michael Gurstein, Mr. Lukman Hakim, and Mr. Don Parafina.