In March this year we reported how our open data team in Africa has rolled up its sleeves to find out how open data can change lives for the better on the continent. One of the projects supported was the …

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As we say farewell to 2015, Africa Regional Director Nnenna Nwakanma reflects on the state of the Web in Africa.   What a year for the Web in Africa. Here at the Web Foundation, I’ve watched events unfold across the continent impacting …

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Today, we’re delighted to announce that Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm, has invested $2m into the Web Foundation’s Open Data programme. Over the next three years, we’ll be using this grant to enhance the scale and ambition of our …

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In March, Africa formalised its intention to become an open data leader, when ministers from across the continent inked the African Data Consensus, declaring that “official data belong to the people and should be open to all. They should be …

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Silvana Fumega, PhD researcher and independent consultant, writes on the relationship between the Freedom of Information (FOI) and the Open Government Data (OGD) communities as part of our second phase of  Open Data in Developing Countries research. Download the full …

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WebFoundation: “Open government data (OGD) as a concept is gaining currency globally due to the strong advocacy of global organisations as Open Government Partnership. In recent years, there has been increased commitment on the part of national governments to proactively …

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Michael Cañares, Open Data Lab Jakarta’s Regional Research Manager for Asia, writes on why his latest research as part of our Open Data in Developing Countries Phase 2 underlines the need for greater involvement of local governments in open data …

Open data has major impact at the local level – new research Read more »

This September, world leaders will ratify the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an agenda to “transform our world” by 2030. After months of wrangling, the final SDGs text, which will go to the UN General Assembly for ratification, has just …

Are UN member states ready to unleash a digital revolution to achieve the SDGs? Read more »

Our Africa Regional Director, Nnenna Nwakanma, shares her reflections from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) in Addis Ababa. In 2008, it was the sandy city of Doha, Qatar, that hosted the second International Conference on Financing …

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Today, a group of civil society organisations, including the Web Foundation, launched a call to the European Union to join the Open Government Partnership – the world’s leading alliance for transparent, accountable and responsive governance. There are two big reasons …

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