SA Cities Network (SACN) will host a learning event titled “Emerging innovations in urban governance and finance”
The aim of the event is to facilitate the engagement of a varied audience with data from the SA Cities Network State of City Finances 2018 and have a conversation about data, accountability and transparency.
The group will consist of civil society organisations advocating for good governance, and greater accountability and transparency in the use of public funds at local level; civic technologists, data scientists and programmers; the managers of public sector financial data portals, and communicators/journalists/storytellers.
Workshop goals and outcomes
Event attendees will participate in a short, structured process intended to create awareness of municipal financial data in South Africa.
The participants should come from four different groups:
1. Civil Society: Open budget advocates, Issue-driven social justice advocates and good governance advocates
2. Civic technologists: data analysts, data scientists and programmers
3. Public sector: the managers of public sector financial data portals
The engagement will cover the entire research journey, from formulating a question, to discovery, and analysis and insight, and will be curated so that the experience will be useful and relevant for the diverse participants.
The intended outcome of the learning event is that participants from these different groups are aware of online sources of municipal data (National Treasury munimoney website); metro data (SCODA website) and how this data can be explored and analysed. Participants will develop an understanding of city budgeting and finances, and the impact of municipal finances on urban livelihoods.
In summary, the aim of the events is to:
- Facilitate the engagement of a diverse audience with data from the SACN State of City Finances 2018 and have a conversation about data, accountability and transparency.
- Participants should gain a basic understanding of the significance of the links made between urban policy goals and municipal finance, and the intergovernmental fiscal framework in the SACN State of City Finances 2018.
- For participants to develop an understanding of city budgeting and finances and the impact of municipal finances on urban livelihoods.
- Raise awareness of online sources of municipal data; metro data and how this data can be explored and analysed.
Date: 5 November 2019
Time: 08H30 to 16H30
Venue: Tshimologong, 41 Juta Str, Braamfontein. Johannesburg