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Citizen Engagement, Aid Coordination, and Transparency: An Experience from Mapping of Data in the Horn of Africa

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Washington D.C. time

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This event is organized by the Technology for Accountability (T4A) Community of Practice (CoP), led by Information and Communication Technology (TWICT) unit of the World Bank, World Bank Institute, and World Bank Social Development Department's Social Accountability and Demand for Good Governance (SA & DFGG) cluster

Drought, conflict, and rising food prices have created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa in decades. As areas of famine have grown over the past few months, data about the impact and response are sobering: food prices have increased nearly 200 percent, 750,000 people estimated to be at risk of starvation, and 2.4 billion U.S. dollars are needed to provide relief. There is a great need to understand, disaggregate and communicate this type data to increase citizen engagement and bolster a strong, coordinated international response. Sharing data about the famine's impact and response can increase citizen engagement, improve coordination among organizations, and increase transparency of those involved in the relief effort.

This event will present the recent work of Development Seed (http://developmentseed.org) in the Horn of Africa (http://developmentseed.org/projects/wfp-famine/). Development Seed is a firm which offers services to government, international development agencies, and the private sector to creatively use data for visualization and mapping in order to help those organizations to explain complex issues and improve their decision-making.

Chair: Johannes Sebastian Kiess, Operations Officer, World Bank Institute

Speakers:

Eric Gunderson, President, Development Seed
Dave Cole, Project Lead, Development Seed

Discussants:
Maria Amelina, Senior Social Development Specialist, Social Development Department, World Bank
Joshua Goldstein, Consultant, ICT Sector Unit, World Bank




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