These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
"Corruption is a very big problem in many nations of the world-some would assert that it is becoming more extensive, and more areas of development activity are being affected. Corruption is also becoming, de facto, an attack on governance as more and more of the rules under which nations are governed are breached with impunity. Citizen engagement is very important in fighting corruption, and there are particular advantages in getting NGOs more involved in the fight. NGOs have limitations, but also great potential strengths, and these can be better realized through better project management." READ MORE
"An innovative Kenyan social network project, which combines crowd sourced stories and citizen reporting, is set to be rolled out in a few weeks.
The Kuyu Project is aimed to enrich local content and empower the youth through story sharing.
It's a digital literacy initiative, which aims to use the Web to revolutionise East African social media through the networking site – StorySpaces.
StorySpaces was demonstrated at the Media 140 conference in Barcelona. It is a mobile-based social networking site where youth can share stories and search for important news logged on other young people's accounts.
The concept is based on the idea that Internet users want to participate in their community rather than just consume information, and that Facebook and Twitter offer limitations to documenting full-length stories." READ MORE
The Knight Commission
Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication
"Promoting greater civic engagement and investing in the capacity of citizens to engage with civic information and one another to solve public problems are among the recommendations made by the Knight Commission. Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication, a new policy paper by Peter Levine, calls on community and elected leaders to adopt sensible strategies to strengthen civic communication and citizen engagement." READ MORE
"Africa has bounced back faster than expected from the financial crisis and can expect a period of solid growth, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). The bullish assessment came in the bank's first development effectiveness review. Released during the AfDB's annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, the bank's scorecard assesses aid effectiveness at four levels: Africa's overall development progress in areas such as growth, human development and governance; results from its operations, showing how the bank has contributed to Africa's development; how well the bank has managed its portfolio of operations; and how well the bank runs itself." READ MORE
Space for Transparency
Bribery: A Barrier to Good Use of Taxpayers' Money
"Fighting foreign bribery and strengthening government procurement processes are key to addressing corruption in international trade.
Companies who bribe foreign officials are on the “supply side” of international corruption. Transparency International’s latest Progress Report on foreign bribery enforcement found that government efforts to stop this practice are lacking." READ MORE
Your mobile can be a tool to promote clean campaign financing!
"Poder Ciudadano from Argentina have just launched a new campaign entitled “¿Quién te banca?” or, loosely translated, ”Who’s bankrolling you?”.
Through the Twitter hashtag #quientebanca and on Facebook, people are called to upload photos of all candidates’ election campaign posters in Argentina’s cities.
Let’s see how this takes off, but it looks like a great initiative to get more people engaged in promoting transparent campaign funding. Ultimately, PC also aim to back up their official transparency requests to candidates in this way, many of whom seem to be on Twitter themselves." READ MORE
Governance for Development
Turning Deals into Development
"Are we moving towards a global standard on contract transparency? At least in the extractive industries, there are signs that this might be the case. The Publish What You Pay coalitions from across Africa just concluded their regional conference in Kinshasa. Contract transparency was a dominant theme – civil society representatives seeing it as critical to their ability to ensure better deals and outcomes from oil, gas and mining investments. Building on their success in pushing for revenue disclosure that translated into the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), contract transparency is now a priority for the Publish What You Pay campaign globally." READ MORE