A few months ago we wrote a blog post on feedback in development. Dennis Whittle at the Center for Global Development has written a similar article How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance). We agree strongly with this approach and join his call for ‘a faster and more steady stream of information from varied sources, especially citizens.’
In the spirit of feedback, we wanted to reply to the comments we had on our original blog post.
One correspondent asked, via Twitter, whether we had any more information about a road in Liberia that had been reported in poor condition. The answer, unfortunately, is no – it’s in a very remote part of the country and the Ministry of Public Works does not have any engineers there, or anywhere close by, to verify its condition. We hope it will be included in the list of roads submitted for emergency maintenance in the coming dry season (November to May).
Another correspondent asked whether we had any examples of organisations that were involved in promoting feedback between government and its citizens. We’d suggest two: the Liberia Media Centre and the AccountabilityLab, which works in a number of countries including Liberia.
Finally, a commenter on the blog asked what outsiders could do to facilitate feedback loops? To that, our answer would be: publish your grants, budgets and papers, freely and online, so as to set a good example; encourage people you give grants to and collaborate with to do the same; and encourage people you meet to look up that information.