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JNU and World Bank to Organize Workshop on May 9
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JNU along with the World Bank will be organizing a workshop on `Open Data Development Initiatives' of the World Bank, which is scheduled to be held on May 9, 2013.


Last Updated: 2013-05-03T13:59:53+05:30

JNU and World Bank to Organize Workshop on May 9

Jawaharlal Nehru University and World Bank will together organize a one-day workshop on `Open Data Development Initiatives' of the World Bank on May 9, 2013 from 10.00 am to 16.00 pm. The venue for the workshop will be the Convention Centre, JNU, New Delhi.

According to a release by the University, transparency, accountability and citizen participation are all at the forefront of the World Bank's citizen-centered development approach called Open Development.  The primary principle of the Open Development initiative is Open Data and Knowledge, Open Operations and Tools and open solutions. The bank makes possible all interested parties with accessible, easy-to-use data and with extraordinary access to other information and documents. Moreover, broad access to these data allows citizens, CSOs, policy makers, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to make better-informed decisions and to measure improvements more accurately.

Furthermore, the World Bank's Access to Information (AI) Policy represents a fundamental shift in the Bank's approach of making information publicly available. It recognizes the centrality of transparency and accountability to the development process and includes principled commitments to strengthen public ownership and lapse of Bank-financed operations. The Bank's Open Data, Open Finances, Geomapping, Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) and other stages and open tools, Mobile apps represent its efforts to foster transparency and openness.

Therefore, this workshop has thus been intended to raise awareness and ensure that average citizens and beneficiary communities learn to use the policy and open tools to access timely and relevant information and data on Bank-financed projects and make the Open Agenda to be better known among academics, researchers, CSOs, and policymakers in country.

For any further queries one can visit the University’s official website: http://www.jnu.ac.in/

- By Raihan Hassan
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