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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

10 African tech voices to follow on Twitter

“Africa is quietly undergoing a tech revolution that could transform the continent. CNN's African Voices has highlighted 10 leading tech voices from different African countries. Each one comments on the role technology plays in boosting entrepreneurship and empowering communities in Africa.”  READ MORE

Open Society Foundations
How Open Society Grantees Are Advancing Access to Public Information in Latin America

“Since the landmark legal decision Marcel Claude Reyes and Others v. Chile of the Inter-American Human Rights Court in 2006, the right to access public information has increasingly been recognized by Latin America’s governments as a human right.  Fourteen of the region’s nineteen countries have access to public information laws, more than any other developing region in the world.  Most of these have been passed in the past decade with the support of the Open Society Foundations' Latin America Program and partner civil society organizations.”  READ MORE

Panos London
Empowerment radio: voices building a community

“Throughout my adult life, working with community radio and communication for development, I have seen that giving people a voice, and an opportunity to speak for themselves, is  – more than anything else – what leads to the empowerment required to trigger an avalanche of positive personal and community change. Increasing numbers of individuals, organisations and institutions have seen the powerful impact generated by community radio stations, identifying it as the potential ‘missing link’ between development support being provided and true development actually taking place.”  READ MORE

Infographic: Mobile Web Africa 2012 Visualised including Statistics, Quotes and Insights

“This past week, we covered Mobile Web Africa 2012 and we started coverage with 5 reasons to attend as well as live coverage that you can relive Day 1 and 2 here on Afrinnovator.

I got the chance to be one of the first speakers on the opening day of the conference and spoke onSilicon Savannah: Hope or Hype (more in my transcript post coming soon.) In the meantime, you can take in the coverage through our Storify  from day 1 and day 2 courtesy of Brenda Wambui who was reporting for Afrinnovator from the event. Below we’re proud to bring you a great infographic by Alex Muriu.”  READ MORE

Revenue Watch
Civil Society Helps Peru Achieve EITI Compliance

“Peru has become the first Latin American country to achieve compliant status in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). A longtime EITI candidate, Peru received the approval of the EITI Board on 15 February, along with Mauritania.

RWI local partner Cooperacción is the civil society representative on Peru's EITI multi-stakeholder committee and has worked hard towards EITI validation. Julia Cuadros, director of Cooperacción, says improved information about oil and mining company payments to the Peruvian government helped Peru achieve compliance.”  READ MORE

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