In November 2020, the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, together with the School of Governance and the Department for Effective Public Management (DGPE) of the OAS, developed a cooperation initiative for the implementation of the Inter-American Open Data Program to Prevent and Fight Corruption (PIDA). This initiative has led to support the development of capacities of 76 public sector servants, from relevant entities in six countries through the online Course “Introduction to Open Data”. Through 76 full scholarships, these officials from Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Panama and the Dominican Republic have benefited. The knowledge gained is expected to contribute to the efforts to expand data openness in the six countries at both the national and local levels.
This initiative arose within the framework of Follow-up and Implementation of the “Lima Commitment: Democratic Governance against Corruption” of the VIII Summit of the Americas and subsequent mandates of the OAS General Assembly of 2018, 2019 and 2020, as well as of the 2019-2021 Action Plan of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) for the implementation of the Inter-American Open Data Program to prevent and combat corruption (PIDA), a program that requires inductive awareness-raising and capacity-building processes in the members states..
The 7-week virtual course included tutorial support throughout the learning process, an immersion in open data in the fight against corruption through complementary sessions with different organizations and experts, and the development of a final project. The final project, in addition to capturing the knowledge acquired during the course, helped to create a proposal for the implementation of PIDA for the institution of the participants, applicable to the advancement of the open data policy in the country or institution of each participant.
The closing ceremony of the course took place on Monday, March 1, 2021, with the participation of the permanent representatives to the OAS of the beneficiary countries, the recipients of the course, the Secretary for Hemispheric Affairs, the Director ai of the Summits Secretariat and the Director of DGPE / OEA.
The virtual course had 4 modules, which were distributed as follows: Module 1 and 2: December 1 to 14, 2020; Module 3 and 4: January 25 to February 26, 2021