Author: Marco Zaplan; This post was first published here.
Data. 252 days at work.
Thanks to my nice and lovely and friendly and caring… (and okay too much flattery) colleagues from the Publish What You Pay secretariat in London, I made it to Lima, Peru!
I came over for three reasons (related to work). First, to share about my data work to colleagues from PWYP during the literally hot PWYP Global Assembly. Second, to share about Bantay Kita's experience in using the new contracts portal of the government. Third, to attend the EITI Global Assembly.
Let me begin with my first task.
I shared about the "Mining Transparency Index” project which I worked on for Bantay Kita. There was interest in the project. I shared the value of assessing the level of transparency to measure the baseline and progress of transparency initiatives such as EITI. Hoping more coalitions follow suit.
My second task is to share about our use of the government’s new contracts portal. Since the portal is new, some of the initial steps we took is to share the documents to our constituent civil society organizations. While it is a worthwhile initiative, access to the platform remains a challenge for many communities. I look forward to that day when communities do get access to these disclosures. As a researcher, the portal is a treasure trove.
My third task is to attend the EITI Global Assembly. Prior to flying to Lima, I’ve been briefed about what’s going to happen. Just listen, take notes, meet people, vote during the assembly etc. That did not happen. Here’s my “We Will Not Be Silenced Post” for a more comprehensive explanation about what happened and how it inspired me as a young professional to pursue further what I do.
The past few days here at Lima has been an unforgettable one. For now, I’m looking forward to Machu Picchu. Here’s a related travel and dream come true post.