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Research project: Open Data for Transparency in Indonesia and the Philippines

With funding support from the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI), the Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab in Jakarta is currently implementing the ‘Promoting the Use of Open Data to Strengthen Fiscal Transparency in Indonesia and the Philippines’ project (hereinafter the OD4Transparency Project).

The goal of the Project is to improve local fiscal government transparency in both countries by enabling local civil society organizations to make more effective use of publicly available budget and spending data to monitor government use of public funds.

The Project will assist four civil society organizations (two in Indonesia, and two in the Philippines) who have experience working in fiscal transparency at the local level. These partner organizations will be working on a local financial transparency issue that can be addressed with open data. The interventions are conceived as pilot projects with a special emphasis on learning in order to inform future work and to enable partners to effectively harness the opportunities of open data. At the end of the process, it is expected that the project partners are able to locate and access data that helps support their mission; understand the potential of open data and be able to build this into future programs; and to act as champions of open data amongst other CSOs in local fiscal transparency in their respective countries. The Project will provide trainings and expert mentoring to CSO partners to achieve this end. 

Project updates

OD4Transparency Project Convenes CSO Project Partners

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.