Vulekamali: Using Open Budget Data to Change Lives

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Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor presents

Vulekamali: Using Open Budget Data to Change Lives Exploring innovative open data partnerships between government and civil society using open data 

(Panel discussion)

What is open data? How can it contribute to the social justice and accountability agenda? In addition to exploring open data and it’s applications; this panel will explore important social justice issues (education, health, sanitation and food security) and the significance of opening public budgets. Panellists will share opportunities for partnerships between government and civil society; and introduce innovative work done by South African CSOs through a novel online budget portal: vulekamali! (open, money!).

Panellists will include senior representatives from the South African National Treasury, open data activists and representatives from the media and the civil society budget coalition Imali Yethu (Our Money).


The Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) forms part of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. It’s vision is to ensure that the right to social accountability is universally realised. PSAM’s activities include research, monitoring, advocacy and capacity building. Working through Sub-Saharan Africa, PSAM generates and shares knowledge about the right to social accountability and the monitoring tools necessary to give effect to this right.


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