GPIA Alumnus and Co-Founder of Open Data Kosovo Receives Funding for New Transparency Initiative

30 April, 2015

Published by Milano School

Georges Labrèche, a student in the Graduate Program in International Affairs, is the Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer of Open Data Kosovo, an NGO that believes opening data is essential in establishing good governance, government transparency, and accountability. Recently, ODK received funding from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for a project focused on procurements at the municipal level. The project emphasizes youth engagement by organizing software development workshops for students in Computer Science and Software Engineering. In this manner, local youth work on data pertaining to their respective municipalities while gaining exposure to the problem of procurement fraud. The idea builds a link between strengthening their tech skills and understanding how they can use those skills for social good—in this case contributing to more transparency. Below, Georges describes how Open Data Kosovo grew out of his work on the International Field Program in Kosovo, and discusses what Open Data Kosovo is working on now.

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