Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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What: a 2-day conference on using open data in international development aid
For whom: developers, practicioners and policy makers
More transparency of aid flows and results will lead to better insights and collaboration.
But how can we make this work?
The Open Data for Development Camp brings together a diverse crowd of development aid workers, policy-makers, researchers, journalists, IT staff, software developers and service providers:
* A round-table for decision-makers: introducing key concepts, threats and opportunities, discussing conditions and policies to introduce open data in an organisation, and expected added value and return on investment.
* Clinics and workshops for practitioners: defining open data and data sets, presenting best practices and lessons learned, developing a joint open data policy and privacy framework for programmes and projects, and learning about data-driven journalism and communication.
* Hack days and code sprints for developers: dealing with repositories and registries, supporting standards and APIs, publishing and reusing data sets, linking open data, and developing tools, apps and mash-ups.
The Open Data for Development Camp is an activity of Open for Change, a new platform hosted by Partos. Open for Change was founded to bring together innovative development initiatives and share information on developments, to support organisations in transitioning to effective use of open data. Open for Change also develops a central place for data on Dutch international aid, building on existing tools and platforms. The Open Data for Development Camp is organized by Open for Change under the responsibility of Partos and in cooperation with and financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is part of the shared ambition of Partos and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to report about results of Dutch international development activities in a transparent way, on the basis of open data.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The UK is hosting the London Conference on Libya today to discuss the latest situation and next steps with our allies and partners.
More than 40 Foreign Ministers and representatives from key regional organisations are expected to attend.
These include United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the Chairman of the African Union Dr Jean Ping, OIC Secretary General Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Prime Minister of Qatar, Foreign Ministers from key regional countries including Iraq, Jordan, UAE, and Morocco, Secretary Clinton, and Foreign Ministers from across Europe and NATO members, along with Secretary General Rasmussen.
The Arab League, Lebanon and Tunisia will also be represented.
The London Conference will be chaired by the Foreign Secretary William Hague and opened by Prime Minister David Cameron.
The London Conference aims to strengthen and broaden the international community’s commitment to implementing UNSCRs 1970 and 1973, ensuring that Libyan civilians are protected from violence.
The Conference will also reaffirm the importance of urgent humanitarian assistance to Libya, in particular to alleviate the suffering in Misrata and on Libya’s borders given the disruption of essential supplies such as water, food and medical provisions.
It will also call for a political process which helps create the conditions in which the people of Libya can chose their own future, supported by the international community.
Ahead of the Conference, Mr Cameron and President Sarkozy issued a joint letter setting out the aims of the Conference.
Read more: Libya: background