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Are we heading towards more open government?
People in gap
M. Henley / Panos Pictures
Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. In this issue of the Institute of Development Studies’ Bulletin – an open access publication – articles review recent research which explore contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance.

Latest Documents

Shifting power? Assessing the impact of transparency and accountability initiatives
R. McGee; J. Gaventa / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2011
Accountability and transparency initiatives have taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of the century. Many actors involved with them – as donors, funders, programme managers, imp...
Creating space for child participation in local governance in Tanzania: Save the Children and Children's Councils
M. Couzens; K. Mtengeti / Research on Poverty Alleviation, Tanzania, 2012
Children’s right to be heard is internationally recognised by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Tanzania has ratified both of these internati...
Where are 'pockets' of effective agencies likely in weak governance states and why? A propositional inventory
D.K. Leonard / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2008
It is well established that even in countries that have poor governance and weak public sectors exceptional, well-functioning government and governmentsupported agencies do exist. What has not been established is how and why these &ls...
A study of National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme in three Grama Panchayats of Kasaragod District
K.N. Nair; T.P. Sreedharan; M. Anoopkumar / Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India, 2009
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is a historic legislation passed by the Government of India in September 2005. It was enacted in order to address the crucial issues of unemployment and poverty in rural India. The N...
Citizenship narratives in the absence of good governance: voices of the working poor in Bangladesh
N. Kabeer; A.H. Kabir / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2009
The complex nature of the challenge posed by state–society relations to the realisation of citizenship rights in the poorer countries of the world reflects the incapacity or unwillingness on the part of the state to guarantee ba...
Helpdesk report: Urban poverty in Nepal
S. Bakrania (ed) / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, 2015
This Helpdesk Report responds to the following query: What are the issues and trends in relation to urban poverty in Nepal? Include data on key trends as well as a qualitative overview of the issues pertaining to informal settlements,...
Helpdesk report: CSOs holding governments to account
C. McLoughlin (ed) / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, 2015
This Helpdesk report responds to the following query: What is the range of interventions that CSOs currently deliver to help people in developing countries hold governments and others to account and influence decisions that affect poo...
Citizen Assessment of Budget Transparency: The Latin American Budget Transparency Index
Civil society organisations (CSOs) developed a new benchmarking exercise to assess and compare levels of budget transparency across countries, to address a specific transparency problem: budget information may be available, but it is ...
Addressing the Urban Challenge in Integral and Inclusive Ways
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2015
Integrated urban environmental plans developed in different Latin American countries show how to reduce systemic challenges in urban areas. Overcoming multi-dimensional urban issues requires a holistic view that includes channels for ...
Making human rights real: two Latin American experiences in the rights based approach to policymaking
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2015
  Human rights are not mere discursive concepts on human dignity. These days, consensus dictates that governments who commit to human rights by ratifying international treaties are also required to implement specific domes...
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