Open government

Advocacy around open government reforms to date has largely revolved around the intrinsic value of transparency, accountability, and participation.

In a resource-constrained environment, development practitioners, policy makers, and citizens increasingly have to be more judicious. Adopting new methods or tools – such as open contracting mechanisms, open data dashboards and participatory budgeting – is not free.

Enter the Open Government Global Solution Group’s latest global good: the Open Government Costing Framework. Over the past year, the World Bank and Results for Development (R4D) have collaborated on  a way to estimate the actual costs of open government reforms. Drawn and adapted from costing work in the health, education, and nutrition sectors, the result is a comprehensive, do-it-yourself costing methodology and framework that civil servants, policy makers, development practitioners... —