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Data can confer power. Being counted is important in its own right. Moreover, the data revolution has the potential to lead to sharper, more targeted, better-monitored policies. It could even transform power relations between citizens, governments and businesses. Used well, data can help people reach a clearer picture of their lives – and use the evidence for progress. But big gaps in our knowledge remain.
Jan Hofmeyr heads the Policy and Analysis Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town. The institute, a recipient of the 2008 UNESCO Prize for Peace Training, focuses its activities on matters of transitional justice within African societies.
Eldis editor Alan Stanley was at the Cartagena Data Festival and caught up with Elizabeth Stuart, author of our recent report 'The data revolution: finding the missing millions' to discuss what her research tells us about the opportunities and challenges that using data presents for development policy and practice.
Alina Rocha Menocal, Research Fellow, Politics and Governance, details some of the mechanisms of citizen engagement, particularly in the developing world, and explores some of the primary theoretical frameworks for analyzing citizen engagement.
This blog highlights the key points from Alina's film, which formed part of a Massive Open Online Course on citizen engagement organised by the World Bank, ODI and others.