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Measuring corruption

Corruption - the theft of public resources for private gain – imposes large costs on businesses and society. The first type of costs is redistributive. Redistribution costs are incurred whenever business or individuals with more financial or political power abuse their privileged position to gain contracts or services (including regulatory services) at the expense of their competitors. The second type is a welfare cost to the overall economy as a result of corruption, making everyone worse off.

Linking loans to press freedom?

Internews’ David Hoffman believes that media freedom should be a precondition for future World Bank loans.

The adoption of a media accountability index with common standards, to measure a country's compliance with basic media freedoms, would greatly reduce corruption in the developing world.

Capital hospitality index

Forbes has released their capital hospitality index. Interactive fluorescent maps included. Chile and Latvia lead the developing countries; Laos and Haiti bring up the rear. Via Jewels in the Jungle.

Reading books fights police corruption?

In their struggle to keep poorly paid officers on the right side of the law Neza’s authorities are employing an unlikely weapon: literature. Earlier this year the municipal president, Luis Sanchez, launched an initiative aimed at making Neza’s policemen better citizens. One of its cornerstones is to stimulate reading among them. Although book groups and programmes to encourage reading in jails are not uncommon, this is one of the rare schemes aimed at the people in charge of law enforcement.

Non-profit blog exchange

We currently have 71 blogs listed in the Nonprofit Blog Exchange. Even though there are 71 blogs, only about 30 of them are blogs for nonprofit organizations. We would like to reach 150 blogs by the end of March. Have you added your nonprofit to the Nonprofit Blog Exchange yet?

Business and development tomorrow

The WBCSD Tomorrow’s Leaders group has launched a new report, ‘From Challenge to Opportunity’. They argue that companies able to tackle issues such as poverty, climate change and population shifts are those most likely to succeed in the future. They also claim that large-scale business action on sustainable development will only be effective if it is also profitable.