Data for Development Results: Agenda 2016

 Data for Development Results


Regional Event for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

8-9 June 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Sisli



June 8, 2016

Time  Session 
09.00-09.30  Registration of participants

Maria Claudia Liller, MC

09.30-09.45 Welcome and opening remarks

Venue: Plenary

Rastislav Vrbensky, Istanbul Regional Hub Manager, UNDP

Viktoria Mlynarcikova, Head of International Cooperation, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic


10.00-11.15  Keynote: Driving Development and Governance in the Age of SDG-s

Venue: Plenary

Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and cofounder, Data-Pop Alliance; Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab

Mustafa Nayyem, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine

Moderator: Rastislav Vrbensky, Istanbul Regional Hub Manager, UNDP

The data revolution has brought about an unprecedented amount of information, enabling the decision-makers, private companies and people to make more informed decisions than ever before. How will our world be shaped by these developments in the next 15 years? How will it affect the SDG agenda? What’s the outlook for the region? How is unequal distribution of technologies affecting these developments and what are actions that we can take in this direction? How to use and process data? How it matters for people? Who can use it? Who is this useful for?

11.15-11.45  Coffee Break 
11.45-13.00  Panel I: Has Open Data Catalyzed Smarter Governance and Growth?

Venue: Plenary

Liz Carolan, Senior Associate, Open Data Institute

Olekseii Vskyb, E-governance Center of Ukraine

Alix Dunn, Executive Director, the engine room

Oya Özarslan, Chair of Transparency International in Turkey

Moderator: Shelley Inglis, Governance and Peace-building Cluster Lead, UNDP IRH

It is time to take stock of the progress made on the promises and expectations of open data. Has open data delivered on its promise to unlock smarter governance and stronger accountability? What has taken place and what results can we claim? Where do the countries in the region stand versus the global trends? What is the uptake of the International Open Data Charter and what does it mean for this region?

13.00-14.00  Lunch 
14.00-15.15 Panel II: Regional Perspectives: Have We Unleashed the Potential of Open Data?

Venue: Plenary

Shalabaev Kaisar, Chief Expert, Ministry of Information and Communication of Kazakhstan

Armend Vokshi, Chief of Administration, Municipality of Gjakova

Katarina Milanovic, Ministry of Educatio of  Serbia

Levan Avalishvili, Chair of the Board, IDFI Georgia

Moderator: Marija Risteska, Centre for Research and Policy Making

In this session we will look at the practice and lessons learned in the Europe and Central Asia region. What have been some of the major accomplishments? Has data been used to improve the lives of communities, including the most vulnerable? Are governments in the region taking into consideration the digital divide when developing open data programmes? What have been the key challenges?


15.15-15.30 Coffee Break




Parallel Sessions
I.                    How is Open Contracting Improving Budgetary Efficiency? Experience from the Region and Beyond.

Venue: Eiffel Room

Georg Neumman, Open Contracting Partnership

Aranita Brahaj, Executive Director, Albanian Institute of Science

Goran Pastrovic, Executive Director, Regional School of Public Administration

Moderator: Daniel Dietrich, HIVOS

Here we will look at the state of art in opening up the procuring process and the stage at which the region is. What is the difference between e-procurement and open contracting?  Are countries in the region ready to take on open contracting? What do societies stand to benefit? What have been the experiences so far?



Parallel Session 2: Wise Cities are Built around Citizens.

Venue: Taj Mahal Room

Panthea Lee, Co-Founder, Reboot

Enekelejd Musabelliu, Municipality of Tirana

Alp Uyusal, Head of Strategy, GIR, S&CR and Business Excellence, Ericsson

Moderator: Fiona Smith, Project Manager, Open Data Institute

In this session we will look into how the smart city paradigm is being re-defined. Is the democratization of data generation driving democratization in political processes? How are citizens shaping public space? What are some good examples of that? Are these processes driving efficiency in public service delivery? Majority of the session will revolve around sharing of experiences and knowledge.




Parallel Session 3: Open Parliaments: Transforming Relationship between Civil Society and Parliaments

Venue: Big Ben Room

Abdymanap    Kutushev, Ex-MP and Head of Parliamentary Apparatus, Kyrgyzstan

Inga Baciu, Parliament of Moldova

Levan Avalishvili, Chair of the Board, IDFI Georgia

Moderator: Irena Cerovic, UNDP Serbia

In this session, the discussion will focus on how to support parliaments and legislatures to create more open and transparent legislative processes, modernize legislative institutions and operations, and engage more effectively with increasingly empowered but disillusioned citizens. What are some practices of building in an ongoing dialogue between civil society and parliaments? How can we move from the antagonized relationship between parliamentary monitoring organizations and parliaments, into a process where civic insights, knowledge and skills can be reflected in policy-making?


17.00-17.30 Reflections of Day One

Venue: Plenary

Lejla Sadiku, Open Data Specialist,  UNDP IRH

Panthea Lee, Co-Founder, Reboot

Emmanuel Letouzé, Data Pop Alliance



June 9, 2016

Time  Session 
09.00-09.30 Registration and networking coffee
09.30-11.00  Panel III: Doing data differently: How are new sources of data shaping and changing our environment

Venue: Plenary

Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

Nicole Anand, Associate Director of Strategy, Reboot

Namrata Meha, Director of Innovation, Vihara Innovation Network

Moderator: Milica Begovic, Knowledge and Innovation Cluster Lead, UNDP IRH

In this session, we will be looking at how citizens are finding smarter ways of collecting data, smarter ways of using the data to make better decisions and smarter ways of using community’s resources. Where are the opportunities for the region? How is the power distribution between citizens and government changing with new sources of data?

11.00-11.30  Coffee Break 
11.30-13.30 Lightning Presentations and Workshop
Lightning Presentations

Venue: Plenary

“Using Data to Change Institutional Behaviour.” Agron Demi, GAP Institute

“Connecting Tech Community and Open Data.” Vladimir Trkulja, SEE ICT

“The Dream is Over: How to Wake Up and Deal With The Open Data Hangover?” Georges Labreche, ODK

“How Open Data Makes Difference in Fighting corruption in Moldova. RISE Stories.” Olga Ceaglei, RISE Moldova


“Mapping Government Contracts and the Parliament in Turkey.” Burak Arikan, Graph Commons


“Building relationships between you and your data for data literacy in Turkey.” Pinar Dag, School of Data

II.                    Workshop: Data-driven methods for problem-solving

Session Facilitator: Cedric Lombion, School of Data

Venue: Eiffel Room

Citizens often talk about the perception of social issues such as violence, corruption or quality of life in a different way than that of government, academia and civil society.  This impedes understanding, collaboration and convergence of these groups. A data-driven methodology helps overcoming these.

This workshop will help participants understand the benefit of using a data-driven methodology when working on solving problems affecting citizens. Through a participatory process, they will deconstruct citizen issues and apply School of Data’s methodology to simulate a data-driven process. Real-life examples will then be used to illustrate the benefits, before discussing how it can be applied to various contexts.


13.30-14.30  Lunch 
14.30-16.30 Panel and Workshops
I.                      Modernizing Administrations: Is Data-Driven Policy-Making Possible in the Region?

Venue: Plenary

Goran Pastrovic, Executive Director, ReSPA

Sesili Verdzadze, Head of Innovation Service Lab of Georgia

Irena Bojadzievska, Open Data Leaders Network Alumna

Kristina Mikulova, Adviser to the Board, World Bank

Moderator: Robert Bernardo, Policy Specialist, UNDP IRH

Strengthening the public administration is key in ensuring that public policies better satisfy people’s needs and that those who implement them take real ownership of them. This session will discuss trends in modernization of public administration, the role that technology has played in changing dynamics between citizen and the state, and to the extent that data-driven policy can be embedded in administrations.


II.                    Workshop: Open Contracting

Session facilitator: Georg Neumann, Open Contracting Partnership

Venue: Big Ben Room

The session will discuss concrete use cases and examples of open contracting in the region and beyond with a view at establishing opportunities to interlink government contracting data with data on budgets, spending, and companies and their beneficial owners. What are the main use cases for open contracting by the different parties involved? What is the key information required by governments, business, citizen, and journalists to analyze, monitor and track public contracting? What opportunities are there to collaborate across the region, both with government and civil society? The more data is opened up and interlinked, the more powerful the benefits of open contracting is to reduce corruption, provide value for money, and boost business.


III.                  Workshop: Civic Use of Data Networks

Session facilitator: Graph Commons

Venue: Taj Mahal Room

The session will focus on the use of complex networks through mapping and visual analysis in order to expand the participants’ thinking about the network as a creative and critical medium. Workshop participants use the Graph Commons platform for collaborative mapping, analysis, and as a diagrammatic knowledge base. The workshop asks how to map complex data networks, how to read those networks with methods such as graph analysis, and also includes practice-based work sketching diagrams, drawing graphs, and more. As a workshop participant, you gain creative skills to answer your complex data questions, which would then inform your decisions.

16.30-17.00 Closing Remarks 

Viktoria Mlynarcikova, Ministry of Finance, Slovak Republic

Shelley Inglis, Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP

Milica Begovic, Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP