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What are the Incentives for Transparency in Developing Country Governments?

 

January 15, 2013

Doug Hadden, VP Products

Should it be surprising that governments in developing countries are adopting transparency measures? Many are surprised that developing country governments adopt transparency portals and open data mechanisms. Yet, we see great interest in leapfrog transparency among our customers. It has been a major theme for discussion in the last 5 FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conferences. There are important incentives. We hope to document some of these over the next few weeks, first by reaching out to experts on Twitter. Then through discussions with Public Financial Management (PFM) professionals attending FISC in Ottawa.

We’ll be collecting comments here. And, we’ve “storified” the tweet stream on the subject

Incentives for Transparency in Developing Countries

Transparency seems to be becoming a competitive sport among developing countries. We looks to see what transparency incentives there were for developing countries.

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RT @freebalance: Lesson 2 from #FISC7: government #transparency has become a competitive sport http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=3625 #opendata #opengovDennis D. McDonald
Official #FISC7 logo pic.twitter.com/B1PcPRSbFreeBalance
#PFM impacts, #PEFA assessment to other benchmarks such as @openbudgets #transparency pic.twitter.com/XlAtmHmTFreeBalance
The big debate: open data |http://ow.ly/gZptw via @zunianews #opendataSteve Davenport
#PEFA assessments drive #PFM reform in countries, gains political and donor support #FISC7FreeBalance
#FISC7 #PFM survey: FreeBalance customers are recognized by the international community for reform achievement pic.twitter.com/wpWMEsJVFreeBalance
#FISC7 #PFM survey: Top 2 reasons for reform are increase #transparency & improve budget effectiveness pic.twitter.com/GiGZUkPlFreeBalance
#FISC7 FreeBalance survey finds majority of government customers see budget #transparency as biggest impact pic.twitter.com/xm7zYS8fFreeBalance
#FISC7 survey finds #PFM reform priorities. Top 3: public sector, financial mgmt, #anticorruption pic.twitter.com/AYHcjblIFreeBalance
Definitions of transparency were provided by some external sources. Tim Davies wrote a thoughtful blog entry that provides us with a better idea of the different types of transparency – hence – different incentives are likely.
.@bill_easterly on incentives strip away the encrusted layers of vested interests http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elusive_Quest_for_GrowthFreeBalance
Just blogged reflections in response to @freebalance Q on incentives for transparency/#opendata in dev countries here http://www.opendataimpacts.net/2013/01/what-are-the-incentives-for-transparency-in-developing-countries/Tim Davies
comment added to excellent @timdavies #transparency in developing countries post http://www.opendataimpacts.net/2013/01/what-are-the-incentives-for-transparency-in-developing-countries/comment-page-1/#comment-23740FreeBalance
We’re moving from a world based on states to one based on networks (paraphrase). @AlecJRoss #DLD13. Live http://dld-conference.com/conferences/17Don Tapscott
Secrecy, transparency & political affiliation plays a role in transparency incentives.
In US #politics, #transparency is the one thing both sides can agree to http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=3522 via @meowtreeFreeBalance
the justification for #secrecy & openness debate depends on political affiliation http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=3522 via @meowtreeFreeBalance
General concern about transparency and opendata in government remain.
University of Leeds #opengov Survey Looking for Participants on realizing value http://bit.ly/XligidFreeBalance
BBC News – Governments will start ‘lashing back’ as internet grows http://bbc.in/KNxCwS fears of #transparencyFreeBalance
Transparency is yet another element to cause us to rethink governance.
Do poor country governments really manage their debt better than wealthier countries like the USA? http://bit.ly/SXdyvWMatt Andrews
Compelling: @governwell: Rich Countries Now Lag Poorer Countries in debt to GDP, #governance outcome? http://bit.ly/WfeokAFreeBalance
Risk and innovation play a significant role. In some circumstances, the lack of openness represents risk to the business community. Transparency can be seen as a mechanism to spurn innovation and improve development results.
government #transparency, #governance and risk related pic.twitter.com/tT6tHttYFreeBalance
is government #transparency an #innovation driver? #globalization creating expectations pic.twitter.com/sTBiR43BFreeBalance
Reduced costs and increased revenues are important transparency incentives.
towards calculating the effective #ROI for government #opendata http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=2329FreeBalance
New blog post: Resource Revenue Management 101 http://ow.ly/gWyVZ via @ONECampaign #NoSecretDeals #OilThe Task Force
.@participatory: citizen engagement and participation can increase tax revenue http://democracyspot.net/2012/11/24/the-benefits-of-citizen-engagement-a-brief-review-of-the-evidence/ (1 of 3)FreeBalance
#mobile participatory budgeting helps raise tax revenues in #Congo: #opengov #ROI http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/07/mobile-participatory-budgeting-helps-raise-tax-revenues-in-congo.html via @digiphileFreeBalance
Social cohesion is enabled by transparency. Without openness there seems to be a general distrust of governments. Transparency fosters cohesion.
developing nations try to leverage #transparency to achieve social cohesion, citizen confidence pic.twitter.com/bN244ngqFreeBalance
.@participatory: citizen engagement can increase trust in government institutions (3 of 3) http://democracyspot.net/2012/11/24/the-benefits-of-citizen-engagement-a-brief-review-of-the-evidence/FreeBalance
#transparency can lead to “increased public support" http://www.transparencyslcgov.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Nr4kdYBf3CU%3D&tabid=57&mid=379 (4of4)FreeBalance
government communications & #transparency leads to increased #citizen #trust http://www.gsdrc.org/go/topic-guides/communication-and-governance/the-role-of-communication-in-governance-and-developmentFreeBalance
Low #citizen trust in politicians is global http://bit.ly/VtwNvgFreeBalance
as work on political #transparency incentives http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=3522, reminded of exopolitics from @nigelcameron http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=3277FreeBalance
#opendata incentive in developing countries? Tap into civil society for #audit http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=2582FreeBalance
From @zunianews: Open Government Data for Tackling Corruption : A Perspective http://bit.ly/10i5HeE #opendataDevelopment Gateway
From @zunianews: Deepening Participation and Improving Aid Effectiveness through Media and ICTs http://bit.ly/102L2Xh #aidtransparencyDevelopment Gateway
Political parties leverage transparency as an election platform. Many observers find that there can be little back-sliding on transparency initiatives. The transparency toothpaste is hard to put back in the tube. 
#IATI #transparency incentive (4 of 4) Political pressures http://iatistandard.org/getting-started/policy-considerations/organisational-incentives-and-buy-in/FreeBalance
#government #transparency incentive: citizens are watching anyway pic.twitter.com/SjkaqdBpFreeBalance
incentive for government #transparency via @dtapscott is that governments are already "naked" http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=2972FreeBalance
#transparency incentive in developing countries (2 of 4) Improved social cohesion http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=1645FreeBalance
Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption
PFM Blog: Through Social Media China Gives Public Access to Government Financial Information http://bit.ly/U76NWDIMF
#citizen #mobile empowerment – fight it or leverage it thru #transparency? pic.twitter.com/nlyKNhM5FreeBalance
#ArabSpring an example: either #crowdsource or be crowdsourcedFreeBalance
from a few years ago: government challenges with increasing #transparency http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=1276FreeBalance
#transparency, #ruleoflaw key drivers in increasing business investment in developing countries pic.twitter.com/24d6zDRHFreeBalance
#transparency incentive in developing countries (3 of 4) increased business investment +#FDI :http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=1645FreeBalance
extractive industries #transparency in developing countries results in increased investment http://bit.ly/WffnkCFreeBalance
#OECD linked #transparency to attracting business investment #FDI in 2000 http://www.oecd.org/daf/internationalinvestment/investmentstatisticsandanalysis/incentivesforattractingforeigndirectinvestmentanoverviewofoecdwork.htmFreeBalance
#OECD: #transparency limit risk of illicit practices developing in connection with investor attraction strategies http://www.oecd.org/daf/internationalinvestment/investmentstatisticsandanalysis/incentivesforattractingforeigndirectinvestmentanoverviewofoecdwork.htmFreeBalance
#transparency in investment incentives recommended in this checklist: http://www.iisd.org/tkn/pdf/assessing_sd_investment.pdfFreeBalance
government #procurement #transparency & #opendata can lead to better value for money #v4m pic.twitter.com/bGV33lf3FreeBalance
example of #PEFA assessment work: improved cash management, #EITI support in FreeBalance country #FISC7FreeBalance
Transparency seems to be a contributor to improving government performance through increased citizen and business engagement.
#transparency & engaging citizens (i.e. participatory budgeting) can lead to improved government performance pic.twitter.com/UbJwBjVYFreeBalance
.@participatory: citizen engagement can increase government efficiency, better resource allocation (2 of 3) http://democracyspot.net/2012/11/24/the-benefits-of-citizen-engagement-a-brief-review-of-the-evidence/FreeBalance
#transparency helps assess organizational #performance (& trust) http://www.transparencyslcgov.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Nr4kdYBf3CU%3D&tabid=57&mid=379 (2of4)FreeBalance
Citizen budget monitoring: Under cover agents for sustainable budgets | | Open Budgets BlogOpen Budgets Blog http://wp.me/p1Zxov-2ZBudget Monitoring
.@AndreaDiMaio on technology for #policy: governments should listen to citizens thru traditional means http://blogs.gartner.com/andrea_dimaio/2011/05/22/where-technology-should-be-used-to-improve-policy-making-and-is-not/FreeBalance
#IATI #transparency incentive (2 of 4) Improving organisational processes and systems http://iatistandard.org/getting-started/policy-considerations/organisational-incentives-and-buy-in/FreeBalance
#IATI #transparency incentive (3 of 4) Publishing better data to improve planning processes http://iatistandard.org/getting-started/policy-considerations/organisational-incentives-and-buy-in/FreeBalance
Forget Big Government, We Need Big Data Government http://tmblr.co/ZuJdYxb-5KxfPaul Barter
#IATI #transparency incentive (4 of 4) Political pressures http://iatistandard.org/getting-started/policy-considerations/organisational-incentives-and-buy-in/FreeBalance
@barterpaul #bigdata for government decision-making could solve labour impasses http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=1643FreeBalance
#transparency incentive in developing countries (1 of 4) improved development results http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=1645FreeBalance
In addition to social cohesion, transparency can build country stability. Governments can become more trusted.
social cohesion, good government fiscal management, business confidence improves stability in developing countries pic.twitter.com/H9ChfrZOFreeBalance
#transparency can be important for #disaster preparedness http://www.transparencyslcgov.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Nr4kdYBf3CU%3D&tabid=57&mid=379 (3of4)FreeBalance
#transparency incentive in developing countries (4 of 4) Increased country stability: http://freebalance.com/blog/?p=1645FreeBalance
How can transparency change behaviour? Transparency exposes activities, makes citizen audit more likely. The corrupt find it far more difficult to hide.
#FISC7 shared lesson control of #corruption is linked to prosperity pic.twitter.com/hbfd5b7zFreeBalance
#opendata attacks #corruption, secrecy, #nepotism and is a difficult challenge to implement in developing countries http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/24/open-government-partnership-conference-transparencyFreeBalance
#transparency may bring lower rates of political #corruption via legal, administrative, electoral mechanisms http://www.transparencyslcgov.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Nr4kdYBf3CU%3D&tabid=57&mid=379 (1of4)FreeBalance
another example of the cascading effect on #corruption perception thru improved public financial management #pfm #fisc7 pic.twitter.com/FsWplz9BFreeBalance
Culture Hacking: How One Project is Changing #Transparency in Chile http://bit.ly/JcInqC via @techpresidentAidData
Just uploaded Public Financial Management Good Practice #anticorruption using Financial Systems #PFM http://www.scribd.com/doc/120985281/Public-Financial-Management-Good-Practice-Anti-Corruption-using-Financial-Systems via @ScribdFreeBalance
(1 of 2) Good governance = #transparency = less #corruption, should aim be combat problems or institutionalize change? http://www.canadiangovernmentexecutive.ca/article/?nav_id=1109FreeBalance
(2 of 2) #corruption: Is it more politically correct these days to talk about integrity?http://www.canadiangovernmentexecutive.ca/article/?nav_id=1109FreeBalance
Transparency can be leveraged to create dialog with civil society and help improve government effectiveness.
#education was top sector for #OGP commitments at the 2012 meeting followed by: #naturalresources #health #environment pic.twitter.com/9UkLyl2fFreeBalance
Taking open data offline (and back again) http://ht.ly/cgfGI #IOGDC #opendata #C4DLinda Raftree
.@AndreaDiMaio on technology for #policy: governments should listen to citizens thru traditional means http://blogs.gartner.com/andrea_dimaio/2011/05/22/where-technology-should-be-used-to-improve-policy-making-and-is-not/FreeBalance
What Gov 2.0 Can Learn from Participatory Budgeting: http://www.shareable.net/blog/what-gov-20-can-learn-from-participatory-budgeting#. cc @ianbradshaw @indy_johar @laurabillingsTessyBritton

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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