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Do Citizens Know about their Right to Know?

Theo Dolan's picture

During a working group session as part of the “Access to Information, Media and Accountability” workshop in Dar es Salaam in March, I wondered just how difficult it would be to shift the discussion from advocacy in support of the access to information (ATI) and media services draft laws to key aspects of how to implement these laws. It is no revelation that implementation of access to information legislation is quite challenging, as two other African countries with ATI laws, South Africa and Uganda, have already discovered. But what the workshop in Tanzania (supported by CommGAP) also showed is that even if an access to information law is enacted, people have to be informed enough to use it.

Google as development agency

Ryan Hahn's picture

Google just released its own browser, Chrome, to compete with Internet Explorer. Daniel Altman on the International Herald Tribune blog argues that it may just turn out to be the developing world's browser. Now, Google has just announced it is supporting the development of a system of satellites to provide internet access to regions without fast fiber networks.

The use of communication in development projects #1

When I was asked to be one the blogger for the Development Marketplace I accepted without being too sure what was expected from me. I was told I should write something about communication, since this is not only my professional field, but something I am passionate about, I decided to start with two blogs about two key challenges that I have been facing and dealing with in the last few years of my professional life.

Investing in social capital markets

Ryan Hahn's picture

Bill Gates seems to have expressed the sentiment the best in his speech at Davos when he discussed the need for something he called creative capitalism. He argued for "an approach where governments, businesses, and nonprofits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or gain recognition, doing work that eases the world’s inequities." And this sentiment came from one of the most successful capitalists of all time.

Supply and demand of property rights

Ryan Hahn's picture

Famed Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto has argued forcefully for the protection of property rights as a key ingredient in economic development. His book The Mystery of Capital became a big hit with its argument that the poor had plenty of capital but that the lack of property rights meant it was unusable.

Capitalists of the world, unite!

Ryan Hahn's picture

Although Marx thought that workers would somehow spontaneously recognize their shared interests, Lenin realized it would take a little prodding by an avant-garde. It now looks like capitalists are running into the same problem.

BOP Narrative Competition

Elena Altieri's picture

The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management announces its 2008 Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Narrative Competition co-sponsored by USAID and Cornell’s BoP Learning Lab.  This short-essay competition seeks to highlight the challenges of implementing business in underserved markets and identify innovative business initiatives or solutions to those challenges.  Essays must be in English and submitted no later than midnight, October 5, 2008.  The first place winner will receive $4000 USD. For more details visit