On March 31, 2014, the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), an initiative of the former North-South Institute, and now housed at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), organized a workshop in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) with about 35 Canadian civil society stakeholders, to explore challenges and opportunities in harnessing development data.
Open data, of relevance to international development policy and practice, is growing by leaps and bounds. For instance, over 320 organizations now publish development projects data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard. Nevertheless, harnessing development data is both a challenge and opportunity for civil society stakeholders. The sheer volume, complexity and velocity of the data can make it extremely challenging, especially for organizations with limited time, resources and technical capacity.
The main aim of the workshop was to examine:
• How stakeholders are working with international development data?
• What are some of the issues and challenges civil society stakeholders face?
• These questions were raised in order to stimulate discussion around the main focus: what next steps might be valuable in terms of the evolution of the CIDP.