GSW @ Open Knowledge Conference

Open Knowledge Foundation

18th September 2013 - The Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva from the 16th to the 18th September provided an ideal opportunity to showcase the work of Government Spending Watch, as well as meeting many like minded people involved not only in Government Finance, but also in the field of aid and corporate transparency.

The key theme from our perspective that came from the conference was really of the need to collaborate, one which we very much share too. Given the increasing numbers of organisations involved in open data initiatives, we feel it is essential to recognise the added value that cooperation can bring, both from a transparency and accountability perspective. As one of these such initiative, Government Spending Watch is very keen to create links and collaborate, whether it be at a Government, NGO, CSO or individual level, and will be working hard over the next few months to collaborate more closely with these various stakeholders.

Recorded live streams from the Open Knowledge Conference are now available here.  

GSW Webinar Sessions

Save the ChildrenOpen Knowledge Foundation

Save the Children (You will need Java to watch the session) and the Open Knowledge Foundation have asked DFI to conduct webinar sessions to facilitate dissemination of the GSW project throughout their organisation. The webinars focused mainly on introducing the initiative; providing walkthroughs of the website and data, the methodology and also practical uses of the data. Another session for the Global Campaign for Education is to be held in the next few months. As these events were extremely well received, DFI is happy to provide other organisations with webinar sessions. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

GSW Launch in Oslo

website lauch logo 213 June - Save the Children Norway is hosting a breakfast launch seminar of the Government Spending Watch 2013 Report, website and database on Thursday 13th June May at Oslo's House of Literature. The session will present and discuss the new initiative with a panel from DFI, Oxfam and Save the Children. Details and registration here. 

Timor L'este

Timor-Leste30th May 2013 - Timor l’este is now the 53 country available on the government spending watch website. If you would like to go straight to the data click here, or click read more below for some initial analysis of the data.


Video Coverage of the GSW Launch in London

You can watch the London launch of the Government Spending Watch 2013 Report, website and database which was hosted at ODI on the Thursday 16th May 2013.

Intro - Larry Elliot - Turning numbers into nurses: enhancing government spending on the MDGs

For further details and more videos click read more below


London Launch of GSW 2013

ODI logo16 May 2013 - ODI is hosting the London launch of the Government Spending Watch 2013 Report, website and database on Thursday 16th May from 12.30 to 14.00. Chaired by The Guardian's Larry Elliott, the session will present and discuss the new initiative with a panel from DFI, Oxfam, Save the Children, ODI and Action Aid and South Africa's People's Health Movement. Register here to secure your attendance or watch online.  #govspendwatch 

The Age of Austerity

South Centre  IPD29th March 2013 - The paper pdf: (i) examines the latest IMF government spending projections for 181 countries by comparing the four periods of 2005-07 (pre-crisis), 2008-09 (fiscal expansion), 2010-12 (onset of fiscal contraction) and 2013-15 (intensifiedfiscal contraction); (ii) reviews 314 IMF country reports in 174 countries to identify the main adjustment measures in high-income and developing countries; (iv) discusses the threats of austerity to development goals and social progress; and (v) calls for urgent action by governments to adopt alternative and equitable policies for socio-economic recovery.

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