April 22, 2013Doug Hadden
This weekly news update provides the Government Resource Planning (GRP) community with a brief overview of recent FreeBalance developments and relevant industry news.
Technology: the Asymmetric Anti-Corruption Weapon?
In this age of botnets, corporations parsing through personal data and government web blocking, we sometimes miss the asymmetric use of technology to prevent and expose corruption. Many observers fear that technology is a new frontier for corrupt practices. It was interesting this weekend to have two separate twitter discussions on the subject. No anticorruption strategy is foolproof. But we need to understand the interplay between technologies and corruption
The Difficulties and Rewards of so-called “technical” PFM Reforms
It’s the era of PFM myth building and myth busting. Of clichés and fashion. Cynicism and risk aversion. But, ultimately, it’s the era of increased insight into what works in public financial management reform. Current discussions about PFM effectiveness seem to centre about the relative merits of applied technology versus applied practice. We invite you to join in on the discussion.
Thailand Introduces Social Media Analytics Tool
The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec), Thailand has recently launched a social media analytics tool called “Social Sensing” (S-Sense) to evaluate product popularity among the Thai netizens. Social media analytics have captured 10% of the Thai research market over the past three years due to the popularity of social media. Thailand has total of 18 million Facebook users, ranking the 13th country in the world, and 1.5 million Twitter accounts.
Lessons Learned at the Innovation in Government Week
We attended a 2-day conference at the Inter-American Development Bank, Innovation in Government Week: Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the State to Deliver. The conference was focused on lessons learned in Latin America but has wider applicability. There were some very interesting trends in Latin American governance discussed.
Let’s benchmark aid effectiveness with other government programs
There is probably no public debate so much dependent on bad information and confirmation bias than foreign aid. Polls consistently show that public perception of aid spending is orders of magnitude larger than it is. And, press reporting about aid focuses far more on the bad news than the good. That’s not to say that foreign aid can’t be improved. And, there has been significant work to find evidence of what works and what doesn’t. And, for transparency thanks to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
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