Why is Development Observatory important?
We at the Development Observatory understand the “political nature” of politics, the fact that it is an arena of struggle and contestation of social interests, led by political organizations and leaders, rooted in their communities, social interests and international arena. On the other side, we also deeply appreciate the other dimension of politics and the process of public policy making, the fact that it is basically designed to achieve certain goals, with certain means and under certain time limits. Therefore, we believe in data collection and analysis as a tool for better policy design and implementation, that is a tool for creating and implementing feasible policies. The Development Observatory is designed having in mind this particular side of politics. It is designed to offer precise, reliable and verifiable data on the whole series of dimensions and provide a framework for their interpretation. It should serve both as a tool for creation and analysis as well as monitoring and evaluation of public policy creation and implementation.