Transparency, access to information and open public sector data are widely accepted as powerful tools to fight corruption.
They may become a “catalyst” for multiple achievements, and lead to increased public accountability, good governance and strengthened social oversight and public debate.
Thus, publishing information about what local government does allows stakeholders, including civil society to monitor a wide range of local government activities (i.e. awarding of public contracts, spending of public money, performance in public service delivery, etc), decisions and expenditures.
Furthermore, open data can indeed provide a platform to increase social participation and enhance co-responsibility in areas such as public procurement, officials’ integrity, fiscal and budget transparency, urban and rural planning and land use, service delivery, as well as, broader public policy and decision making.