As a result, a flurry of new commitments to aid transparency, open government, open budgets and open data more broadly emerged. These now include a vast variety of actors from international organisations to bilateral governments, partner county country governments. all have pledged to provide more and better data on their development operations, realesing public datasets left for analysis.
This presentation will question the nature and motivations behind these commitments. What drives the UN and for example the Nigerian government to adopt transparency and openess commitments? By providing an analysis of the information released, it will also look at how these commitments are being implemented at the international and national levels.
We argue that the rhetoric around transparency and open data plays a major role in the construction of and participation to the international development community. However, to reach full accountability, more needs to be done to connect data publishers to data users.
Through primary data collection, interviews and case studies, this paper will investigate the politics of aid transparency and analyse specific tools developed to encourage use of the data by citizens to hold their governments to account as well as the challenges faced in doing so, hereby demonstrating the limits of the transparency agenda.
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