The "Open Budget Initiative” aims to find a way to inform local communities about municipal budgets, and tell citizens how they can influence authorities’ decisions about the allocation of public funds.
On February 6, I attended a Fireside Chat with Jonathan Greenblatt, Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council. The event was held at 1776 here in DC, a very cool incubator for social innovation startups.
The goal of this pilot is to support at least three municipal communities in Ukraine in designing effective digital tools for budget visualization and analysis, sustaining them over time and ensuring effective collaboration between the municipality, local journalists, and civil society to ultimately make municipal budgets, as well as the decision-making process, more transparent and participatory.
CityBugs.am is a platform where anyone can talk about communal and related unsolved problems in the city or Yerevan, and make suggestions or propose innovative ideas to improve their communities.
Russia has always been a leader in the region in many things. One of them is crime and unprotected citizens - seriously, after turbulent 90th many things have changed, but the governance still remains imperfect. While there are a lot of apps and websites aimed at making city life better, there's a new wave of civic monitoring tools that are focused on monitoring and increasing the quality of services provided by authorities. There are several famous ones, so let's get into details and find out if they really work in post-soviet country.