Manuales para la incidencia en políticas públicas

Counterpart International, en conjunto con el International Center for Not for Profit Law (ICNL) y el Management Systems International (MSI), está desarrollando en Honduras el Programa Impactos (Impulsando la Participación Ciudadana, Transparencia y Oportunidades Sociales), el cual es una iniciativa de cinco años, financiada por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) a partir del 2011.

El Programa se ejecuta a través de dos Proyectos: 1) Proyecto de Transparencia y Participación Ciudadana y 2) Proyecto Oportunidades Sociales que buscan incrementar la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas de las instituciones públicas y mejorar la seguridad ciudadana y comunitaria.

Con estos fines a recopilado Manuales para la incidencia en políticas públicas que se puede encontrar en el siguiente enlace:

Manuales y cajas de herramientas para la incidencia en políticas públicas, desarrollo organizacional y procesos de facilitación participativos.

PwC launches ‘Into Africa – the continent’s cities of opportunity’ report

... to highlight the potential of the continent: African CEO Forum, Geneva 2015

Today at the African CEO Forum of 2015 in Geneva, PwC launches the first edition of its ‘Into Africa – the continent’s cities of opportunity’ report, which details the potential of 20 African cities that we believe to be among the most dynamic and future focused on the continent. The report is part of PwC’s global Cities of Opportunity series and its analysis is structured around the critical issues of the business community as well as those of the office holders and other public authorities who are responsible for improving the collective life of each city examined here.

The African continent is crossed by five trends: demographic change, urbanisation, technological changes, the transfer of economic power and climate change. Urbanisation is of particular importance, as by 2030, half of Africa’s population will live in cities where economic activity and growth will be focused and which will become communication centers and hubs for social trends. The global megatrends are colliding across Africa. The growing middle class, strong demographic growth with an improving age mix, technological innovation that we have already seen in mobile payments and a growing choice of investment partners from the global south, as well as fast-paced urbanisation are all shaping what the future of Africa will look like.

Stanley Subramoney, PwC Head of Strategy for Southern Africa, says: “We have sought to answer ‘what makes an African city one of opportunity’ by developing a set of questions that investors should ask themselves and themes which city politicians and officials can work on to improve their competitiveness. This report assesses how the cities are performing not only on a regional level but also on an international one, which is hugely important in terms of these cities being able to compete and prosper on both of these stages.”

PwC studied four indicators: the economy, infrastructure, human capital and population/society (which itself contains 29 variables). From this analysis, two rankings emerged: ‘general’ and ‘opportunities for cities’. “We believe that these cities demonstrate the relative strengths and weaknesses of Africa’s urban future. Our evaluation and re-evaluation of that future is, of course, a continual work in progress,” adds Kalane Rampai, PwC Leader for Local Government for Southern Africa.

North African cities lead the way

Four of the top five cities in the report are located in North Africa: Cairo, Tunis, Algiers and Casablanca, with the fifth being Johannesburg.

The preponderance of North African cities at the top is mainly due to how long they have been established. This has given them time to develop infrastructure and a regulatory and legal framework, and to establish a socio-cultural ecosystem. Johannesburg is the only exception to this pattern since it was only formed more recently, in 1886 (compared to the other cities it’s ranked highly with), and was developed rapidly for political reasons. Therefore, its infrastructure and services are comparable to those of the more established African cities.

African cities with promise

Another major criterion of a city’s potential is the vision they have for their future. Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a good example of a city that has a good reputation throughout Africa and beyond for the quality of its communications infrastructure, low crime rates and steady democracy. Economically, it ranks second for both its attractiveness as a destination for foreign direct investment and the diversity of its GDP.

Most of the African cities with promise can (and will), with a little effort and organisation, climb to join those cities at the top of our overall ranking. Moreover, many of them have already become key regional platforms, such as Dar es Salaam and Douala as centres for telecommunications, Accra and Lagos for culture, and Nairobi for financial services.

Outside our top five cities, Kigali finishes at the very top for both ease of doing business and health spending; Abidjan ranks number one in both middle-class growth and diversity; Dar es Salaam is first in GDP growth; and Nairobi outscores all African cities in FDI.

With 5% growth, dynamic demographics and a growing middle class, Africa is extremely appealing to investors. After undergoing a period of pessimism about the future of Africa with some exaggerated optimism, leaders today share a more realistic view of the economic climate of the continent. This is what PwC calls ‘Afro-realism’.

The trends identified in the report, with the generally accepted economic data supporting the notion that cities are the world’s ‘engines of growth’, make ‘Into Africa – the continent’s cities of opportunity’ report not only necessary but extremely timely.

Download report here

Original post here

Best open source in government: policies, new tools, and case studies

 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) in

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As I reflect on another year of open source in government stories, I took a look back at the articles we published on this year to see if there were any noticeable commonalities. I found that most articles on the government channel fell into one of three categories: government policies, new tools available, and case studies.
This is consistent with the trend I highlighted last year (We have policies. Now what?). As Mark Bohannon is fond of saying, "Governments are wrestling with the 'how tos' of open source choices; not 'whether' to use it." Government policies are become more refined and sophisticated in regards to open technologies, and increasingly, governments are choosing to "default to open." However, governments still need help implementing those policies, and citizens are stepping up by creating new, open source tools and open formats to help governments get the job done.
Rather than do a traditional Top 10 list this year, I wanted to highlight a few standouts from each of these categories from 2014 that I think are worth reading if you missed them the first time. Or might even be worth a second read if it’s been a while.

Governments: open source policy and practice

The federal government is the single largest purchaser of code in the world. So why is this code—taxpayer-funded and integral to the day-to-day working of our democracy—so often hidden from public view? As someone who’s been on the inside, Balter does a great job explaining the US federal government’s "culture of no" and how the lack of "suits" behind open source really does make a difference in the procurement process.
Bohannon describes the US’s Digital Service Playbook and other initiatives of the US federal government this year. There’s also a good discussion here about the inherent risks of governments trying to insource 'freebie' software.
The UK government announced it would henceforth require compliance with Open Document Format (ODF) in software purchases in all public administrations. Brownell praises the policy, but notes with caution that good policy does not always equal good practice.

New open source tools for governments and citizens

RecordTrac, a web-based portal for making and managing public records requests (like FOIA), provides detailed data to both governments and the public to increase transparency and accountability in the records request process. Brilliant.
The FUEL Project provides linguistic resources needed for localization, including computer translation style and convention guides, translation assessment methodologies and matrix, complex text-layout rendering references system (UTRRS), including help documents for globalization, internationalization, localization, and translation (GILT) world.
SpotCrime’s goal is to create a public-facing crime mapping and email alert website which collects public crime data from police agencies around the world and makes it available to anyone in machine readable format without restrictions on ability to use, consume, or share. While this does read a bit like a marketing piece, it’s clear that there’s a definite need for a common open standard for law enforcement agencies to share and report crime data.

Case studies

The administration in the Austrian capital, Vienna, outlined how and why it was expanding its use of open source solutions, including on its workstations, because of new requirements, open data, budget constraints and the major shift towards smartphones and tablets.
In this interview, Stephen Warren, acting VA CIO discussed continuity of the VA’s open source initiative at the US’s second largest federal government agency. The most interesting piece here is how their open source VistA project didn’t really thrive until developing a community around it. This is a key takeaway for governments—it’s not enough to release your software as open source. It takes a community to maintain and innovate.

Very honorable mention

2014 Year of Open Source Miracles by Gunnar Hellekson
The old "open source is insecure" FUD is made new again thanks to the fracas surrounding Heartbleed and Shellshock. Hellekson explains why that (tired) argument is wrong, and he does so beautifully.


It was a great year for open source in government. If you didn’t have time to read the articles, check out this video playlist: 8 videos to get you excited about open government original post here

XV Conferencia del Observatorio Internacional de Democracia Participativa

XV Conferencia del Observatorio Internacional de Democracia Participativa

Se celebra en Madrid

El Observatorio Internacional de Democracia Participativa celebra su XV Conferencia en Madrid, del 24 al 26 de marzo de 2015.

El Observatorio Internacional de la Democracia Participativa (OIDP) es una red de más de 600 ciudades del mundo, entidades, organizaciones y centros de investigación que quieren conocer, intercambiar y aplicar experiencias sobre democracia participativa en el ámbito local para profundizar la democracia en el gobierno de las ciudades.

Nace en 2001 en el marco de los Proyectos de Cooperación Descentralizada del Programa URB-AL de la Comisión Europea. Desde 2006 el OIDP trabaja en colaboración con la organización Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales Unidos, actualmente contribuyendo al desarrollo de la producción de conocimiento innovador al servicio de los gobiernos locales en el campo de la democracia participativa.

En noviembre de 2011 se recupera y enfatiza el objetivo original de la red de convertirse en un espacio de producción de conocimiento y de intercambio de experiencias útil para las ciudades que la forman (I+D). De este modo el OIDP asume de nuevo el reto de la reflexión en materia de democracia participativa a nivel mundial, con el fin de innovar y recomendar políticas concretas a las administraciones públicas del mundo, preferiblemente locales, y haciendo del intercambio de experiencias la principal base de trabajo.

Con el fin de alcanzar este reto, el OIDP contribuye a la producción y mejora del conocimiento en el campo de la democracia participativa desarrollando diversos proyectos y actividades. Entre otros, anualmente y desde su origen, la Presidencia de la red es ejercida por un gobierno local miembro que, asumiendo el compromiso de avanzar en el debate sobre democracia participativa y compartir experiencias y conocimiento en este campo, organiza una conferencia internacional.

Así, la XV Conferencia Internacional del OIDP se celebrará los días 24, 25 y 26 de marzo en Madrid (centro cultural metropolitano Centro Centro), ciudad que ostenta la presencia anual del Observatorio. El objetivo de estas jornadas es debatir sobre el presente y futuro de la democracia participativa en el mundo.

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