Visualising Local Government Financial Stability in South Korea
We created a visualisation of financial independence of local governments and districts in Seoul.
This Project was started for CodeAcross 2015, a financial transparency hackathon, organised by Code for Seoul.
Here is the background of the story; Financial independence of local governments means “what percentage an area can afford for their entire budget”. For example, if Incheon’s (a city of South Korea) financial independence is 60%, the city can afford 60% of the entire budget, however they need 40% of support from the central government in order for them to operate public services. South Korea has started its local governments system when its democratic government was set up. The year 2015 celebrates 20 years since the local government system began, however there are no indicators for citizens to understand financial independence of local governments. The central government budget focuses on economic growth and safety of the country. On the other hand, the local government budget focuses on the quality of life and welfare of citizens. Therefore, if the financial status of the local governments gets unstable, the level of welfare of citizens gets lower, and the local government system can become volatile.
In South Korea, the central government makes top level decisions on citizen welfare, however local governments have the responsibility to implement these decisions. Some local governments do not have the budget to implement these decisions. In this circumstance, the financial independence of local governments has weakened, and there have been discussions around who is financially responsible for citizen welfare. In order to raise citizens’ awareness of this problem, we aimed to turn data into information that people can access and understand easily.
It was the first project that I worked on front-end development, so the quality is not perfect. However, I enjoyed working as I learned and received a good amount of recognition from people. Through this project as a beginning, I am now working as a Front-end Developer for Data Visualisation at Team Mondrian, a startup specialising in Data Science & 3D Visualisation.