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  • Empowering civil society to fight against corruption in education


    Improving transparency and accountability are crucial measures in the fight against corruption. For the education sector, this is no exception as corruption can impede access and undermine equity and quality. However, several tools exist to help education stakeholders, including civil society actors, take steps to hold service providers accountable and improve education service oversight and delivery.

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    New health research bill might address funding, data issues



    Clemence Manyukwe - Univeristy World News

    Zimbabwe is in the process of developing new medical research legislation aimed at modernizing its approach to health research. This initiative seeks to address concerns such as outdated laws, lack of data transparency, and dependence on foreign funding. By fostering local research initiatives and collaborations between academia and industry, Zimbabwe aims to enhance its capacity for medical research and innovation, aligning with national priorities and advancing towards its Vision 2030 goals.

  • Faces of Open Government: Muriel Poisson


    This interview was first published by Open Government Partnership in the Faces of Open Government.

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    Ofsted inspectors ‘make up evidence’ about a school’s performance when IT fails



    Anna Fazackerley - The Guardian

    Ofsted inspectors are reportedly fabricating evidence due to frequent crashes in the electronic evidence gathering (EEG) system introduced in 2018. The Observer's investigation reveals anonymous claims that senior Ofsted leaders have known and covered these technical problems. Critics argue that inspections over the past five years should be invalidated if widespread evidence fabrication is true. Ofsted insists that judgments are backed by sufficient evidence, but the Observer found evidence of potential issues in Ofsted's written response to a school's complaint about missing evidence.

  • Using digital tools to promote transparency and accountability

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    Digital tools have the potential to overhaul the management of education systems, while also fostering transparency and accountability within the sector. For example, data portals can inform citizens about the amounts of funds allocated to schools, satellite systems can monitor school locations and construction, and artificial intelligence can perform automated audits and monitor public spending in schools. Digital tools can also address pressing issues such as ghost teachers, absenteeism, examination fraud, forged certificates, and fake diplomas.

  • Broadening horizons: AI beyond plagiarism

    Horia Onița, Iris Kimizoglu, Tamara Ciobanu


  • UNESCO-IIEP's 60th Anniversary Symposium explores how transparency and innovative financing benefit educational planning


    On 8-9 November 2023, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) celebrated its 60th anniversary with a two-day symposium that brought together over 1400 experts, policymakers, planners, and representatives from UNESCO Member States both in person and online.

  • From inception to innovation: a two-decade journey in battling corruption in education


    This article was first published on the IIEP-UNESCO website.

  • Newspaper

    Better data on corruption can reduce its impact, support sustainable development



    - United Nations News

    According to the UNDP, corruption costs the world roughly $2.6 trillion annually. The Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime acknowledged that current methodologies to measure corruption are often unclear, with questions around the accuracy and reliability of available numbers and statistics. Estimates are based on limited indicators, while some frameworks prioritize narrow groups of stakeholders and their perceptions. UNODC is developing a comprehensive statistical framework to enhance accurate corruption measurement, supporting countries worldwide with capacity-building and technical guidance to combat corruption.

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    Big data research poses new challenges to ethics committees

    South Africa


    Nezerith Cengiz, Siti Kabanda, Tonya Esterhuizen and Keymanthri Moodley - University World News

    A new study highlights the necessity of training Research Ethics Committees (RECs) in Sub-Saharan Africa to manage the ethical and legal complexities inherent in data-intense research, particularly concerning data protection and sharing. Findings reveal a lack of awareness among REC members regarding existing laws at the national level, possibly resulting in research data crossing borders without appropriate agreements or permits. Establishing transparent and standardized data governance could foster shared ethical values and ensure responsible big data research practices across the subcontinent.

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