Seeing Like a Slum: Towards Open, Deliberative Development

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 13(1), 97-104

8 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2012  

Kevin Donovan

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; University of Cape Town (UCT)

Date Written: April 26, 2012

Abstract

The international development community is increasingly committed to making information and data available transparent. Proponents of this phenomenon believe that transparency will lead to development success, especially by empowering the poor. This paper addresses a deficit in this excitement by emphasizing the predominance of local context and power relations in the usefulness of transparency for development. It argues that transparency is most promising when accompanied by changes in the institutional arrangements of power such as those supported by theorist of deliberative development.

Keywords: open data, open development, transparency, open government, ict4d

Suggested Citation

Donovan, Kevin, Seeing Like a Slum: Towards Open, Deliberative Development (April 26, 2012). Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 13(1), 97-104. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2045556

Kevin Donovan (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )

Private Bag X3
Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa

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