Great to read your blog ...here in Bolivia! It does sound like that the work of the World Bank is generating a lot of interest and that technology might play an important role in development and active citizen's participation.
As you know, we are also working in Bolivia to hopefully help make the Open Partnership even broader by engaging all stakeholders that are now contributing to "aid" delivery as part of what is known Private Development Assistance (PDA).
As ODA flows continue to decrease, the contribution of local actors, NGOs, private sector, volunteers, and foundations (to name a few) will increasingly change the way needs are addressed.
I think that any new technology solutions should also be guided by previous attempt and I have no doubt that ONTrack will be a success. I was just reading this recent post about Making Success out of Failure where a similar project in Africa got little pickup from the intended public (citizens). I would imagine that the cost of using time on a cell phone (rather costly in Bolivia) might be an important decision.
We have just finished an interesting process with a few regions of Bolivia to look at mapping ODA at a granular/local level as well as PDA and domestic resources mobilization. At the same time, we are looking at mapping “opportunities and needs”. We also heard from various groups that there is an expectation when citizens or organizations express their needs, that a solution (financial or human) will also be available.
As the spectrum of aid continues to change and that pressure for the effectiveness use of scarce financial resources become even more essential, nurturing a space for innovative and strategic partnerships in a world of hypercollective actions will be crucial.
This exercise has been extremely useful to help demonstrate the obvious links between ODA and PDA in the context of local needs. By opening the “partnership” to new stakeholders, the efforts of ODA investment will be scaled up and the ambitious goals to address poverty will be accomplished.
As our work continues here in Bolivia and several other regions of the world, we will also focus on fostering collaborative innovation so that citizens don’t focus only on raising concerns but have the human and financial resources to address them.