A data revolution is upon us.
With more governments, donor agencies and civil society organizations releasing more and more data, the question often asked is whether this data is getting to citizens in a way that is easily digested and used. Is the data being used and if so, is there more demand for data? Does the use and demand for data lead to sustainable and impact based citizen engagement initiatives? What ecosystems are being created to sustain a demand driven culture together with a culture of citizen engagement?
Further, some countries have devolved government to sub-national levels. How can sub-national governments work to become open and transparent? How can citizen engagement be organised at the grassroots level to be more effective in enabling closer ties with sub-national governments?
This panel discussion aims to shed light on various ideas, initiatives and practical examples that are being used to showcase how adopting an open data driven culture across multiple sectors and segments can be used in creating active citizen dialogue and engagement at national and especially at sub-national levels.