In Latin America, the increased release of open government data aims to strengthen the transparency and accountability of governments, build new business opportunities, and improve services for citizens.
Despite the positive potential and relative progress of open data for development, there are still gaps in creating and sharing high quality, timely, relevant, and accessible data in developing countries.
Digitized, interoperable, and machine-readable public data is becoming an essential resource for tackling global development challenges, enabling collaboration, driving technological innovation, and improving government accountability.
In an era of rapid change and increasing mistrust in institutions, open data and the surrounding communities that use it, are working to shift norms and culture to create dialogue and collaboration between governments, civil society and the private sector.
Releasing freely accessible, standardized, and easily readable data — open data — can increase transparency and accountability for governments, build new businesses and services for citizens, and increase participation in addressing key development challenges.
The World Development Report released on March 24th examines the tremendous potential, as well as the risks, of the changing data landscape for people in lower income countries. The report is packed with expertise from across the Global South, thanks in part to IDRC.