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Democratizing Development through Open Data
Friday, April 15, 2011, 12:15-2:00 pm

World Bank Spring Meetings: CSO Session
Room: MC2-800 Light lunch will be provided
Sponsored by the World Bank and AidInfo

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Open Data and innovative visualization such as the Mapping for Results Initiative are powerful tools for civil society organizations and citizens. These new approaches can increase government responsiveness, transform the way public services are delivered to citizens, and enhance transparency and accountability of development assistance. Open data combined with social media and new technologies have the potential to empower citizens to communicate directly with governments and service providers.  The event will focus on:

How can open data help to increase social accountability, better target aid and public investments, and more effectively monitor service providers to deliver results?

  • What are the biggest obstacles to open data and how to address them?
  • How can the World Bank help and better facilitate the process to create open data?

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Ian Solomon, US Executive Director, World Bank Group  

Panel I: Towards an Open Aid Policy

Open Aid Partnership
Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden

One year of Open Data – the Experience of the World Bank
Shaida Badiee, Director, Development Data Group, World Bank Group 

How Can Open Data support CSOs? 
Karin Christiansen, Director, Publish What You Fund

Co-Chair: Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President, World Bank Institute

Panel II: Innovations enabled through Open Data

Mapping for Results – Enhancing Accountability and Citizen Participation
Aleem Walji, Manager Innovation Practice, World Bank Institute 

Michael Koch, Director for Financial Management, CFP, World Bank

Strengthening country systems and government capacity through Open Data
Jean-Louis Sarbib, AidData

The Power of Transparency
Simon Parrish, Aidinfo 




World Bank links

Open Data Initiative 
Mapping for Results
Aidflows (in partnership with OECD) 
e-Atlas of Global Development

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Publish What You Fund

Registration Required

Register now:
1. Send confirmation via email to Kalterine Vrenezi to secure your spot
2. Register on the main page by end of day Wednesday, April 13, 2011
3. On Wednesday, April 13 you will receive instructions on where to pick up your entrance badge  

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