By Jorge Florez (Project Manager at Global integrity)

Photo by Albert Hyseni on Unsplash

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Colombia has advanced significantly in the publication of data on the use of resources from extractive activities. The country just went through a major reform in the policies that guide decision-making, implementation, and oversight of the use of these resources. Against this backdrop, there is a vibrant community of civil society organizations and social innovators working on using data to improve transparency, accountability, and participation in the extractives sector and create economic recovery opportunities from the COVID 19 pandemic. This is creating opportunities to support the work…


By Elise Blackburn (Student Fellow at TAI)

E-procurement in Georgia. Image credit: World Bank Blog

As cyberspace replaces public space due to COVID-19, the growing trend of adapting state functioning to the digital landscape — whether through e-taxation, electronic identity management, or open data to improve service delivery (e-procurement) — has become a top priority. During my time as a Fellow at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI), e-government projects have emerged in Honduras, Mongolia, and Portugal amid the pandemic.

Among the various e-government tools, e-procurement especially offers funders an opportunity to impact both public coronavirus responses as well as the field of transparency, accountability, and participation.

What…


By Richard Christel (Program Associate at TAI)

Photo Credit: Corporate Finance Institute

Banks can be important players for those, such as in law enforcement, seeking to hold corrupt actors to account. However, dedicated advocacy is needed to help ensure the banking sector takes more proactive steps. This is a highly technical field, where investigations can take time, and so to can building the relationships and credibility needed for such investigations to be taken seriously and acted upon. However, successful advocacy efforts can bring significant positive change and potentially significant sanctions on those involved.

TAI convened a funder conversation to explore…


How can we ensure that governance and accountability stay for good on the international agenda in every country?

Last year made it abundantly clear that governance is not only an important factor in effectiveness in virtually any state’s affairs. It is the overriding factor of every aspect of life — indeed, the alpha and the omega of human progress.

After many years on the sideline, it is moving towards the big time. Oddly enough, there is no UN Governance Day. December 9 is anti-corruption day; however, poor governance does not always equate to corruption. …


Photo Credit: Luminate and their grantee Data & Society

To take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by open data and big data analytics, for-profit and non-profit organizations alike are seeking to ramp up their in-house data expertise. This has contributed to the growing interest in and demand for data science capabilities. For social accountability funders, this means fielding requests from grantees for support in hiring data experts — sometimes without a clear definition or justification for what the role might entail.

In an effort to address this challenge, Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) developed guidance for social accountability groups (and their funders) on what to consider when seeking…


By Michael Jarvis, Executive Director at TAI

The Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) is a donor collaborative, but what does that really mean?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines collaboration as: “to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavour.” And that is exactly what our members, supported by the Secretariat, attempt to do. As a collaborative, we find it helpful to try and put flesh on the bones of this concept and document our experience with collaboration in practice.

In part, we take this step as we know that working together is not always easy. Not in our…


By Michael Jarvis

We are excited to introduce our new five-year strategy designed to reinforce the “what”, the “how” and the “who” of funding for the transparency and accountability field.

The midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis may not seem the most opportune moment to launch a new strategy. However, we believe the new objectives and flexible way of working match well in dealing with the current situation and shaping the world that comes out the other side.

Our members’ vision is of a more just, equitable, and inclusive world where people are informed and empowered; governments are…


2020 seems determined to knock the world off its axis, but if you think back through the fog of all things virus-related, a lot happened in 2019, too. We just published our 2019 annual report. “So what?” you ask. Here are a few reasons why you might want to read it, plus a reminder of why we publish an annual report at all.

Why read the TAI report?

We learned a lot last year from TAI engagements. We believe those learnings may prove useful both for other funders and for transparency, participation and accountability practitioners. We have structured the report…


By Varja Lipovšek, MIT GOV/LAB

Image credit: The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF)

Imagine that you have a million dollars to spend on any kind of information to improve accountability of the government in “Lovely Country”, with the only condition that you cannot spend it on elections. Would you implement scorecards or public dashboards displaying government performance grades, in hopes that citizens will pressure the government to provide improved services? Or maybe you should support a public aid campaign to help the government collect more taxes to fund better public health or education? Or how about giving government officials information on performance of service providers to see if…


By Alfonsina Penaloza

Photo by Micheile Henderson on Unsplash

There is a wedge. A window of opportunity to support work that ensures that governments respond to the needs of girls and women, and for feminist movements to take advantage of transparency and accountability tools to further their advocacy goals. But they need support.

Over and over, we heard a phrase at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit in Ottawa, Canada, and at the Women Deliver Conference hosted in Vancouver, Canada: “If you’re not at the table, you’re often part of the menu.” This phrase was cited by women who were demanding their right to participate in…

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