These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
"People who argue for more transparency in development cooperation are often eager to point out all the merits of transparency. Unfortunately, often we are not very sure whether our claims are well founded. Even worse, there are very few examples who can illustrate how exactly, "more transparency" could look like. The International Aid Transparency Initiative which will be implemented by the first donors in 2011 is a concrete example of governmental and multilateral donors representing a large percentage of global ODA making aid information available and accessible.
Also, in non-governmental development cooperations efforts are underway to increase accountability and transparency. The UK-based NGO OneWorldTrust even created a website to map over 300 NGO accountability initiatives around the world. But there are few concrete examples of making the information about work of more than one NGO transparent and easily accessible."
"During Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year rule, the press in Tunisia was censored. That changed literally overnight last Friday when he and his wife fled the country, ending his dictatorship.
A week ago, as tens of thousands of people protested in the streets of downtown Tunis demanding that Ben Ali leave, the country's national television played Islamic chants while showing verses of the Quran.
That surprised no one, says 22-year-old student Mehdi Hachani.
"Young people are angry when they watch Tunisian TV," he says. "They don't see what they are seeing in the street."
Hachani says Tunisians watched French and Arabic cable stations to get their news."
"Conventional wisdom holds that fans of the Internet are introverted losers with few discernable social skills who gain pleasure from being backward and apolitical. However, according to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, conventional wisdom is wrong.
The study, based on interviews with 2,303 adults aged 18 and older, found that 80% of Internet users are active in voluntary organization or real world groups compared to 56% of non-Internet users. Of these same Internet users, 53% felt that social media helped them get a candidate elected to office while 46% believe that the Internet plays a major role in getting the word out about a cause."
Center for Global Development
A Practical Turn to Writing about Corruption and Health
"What a surprise I had last month when preparing for a talk at the World Bank about ways to reduce corruption in the health sector. I was asked to share ideas from a book I recently co-authored, called Anti-Corruption in the Health Sector: Strategies for Transparency and Accountability. In preparing my remarks, I went back to an earlier publication that I co-edited, Diagnosis Corruption: Fraud in Latin America’s Public Hospitals, and realized not only that an entire decade had passed, but that the way people write about corruption and health has changed substantially—it has taken a very practical turn."
A new Italian blog analyzes and compares European Media Laws
"Oreste Pollicino, an Italian lawyer and professor at Bocconi University, Milan, has founded Medialaws, a blog dedicated to media regulation in Europe, LSDI reported. The main focus of the project is to provide an international approach to the comparison of media law around Europe. The blog, which has today already published about 50 news articles, comments and analysis, is counting on contributions from professors, journalists, lawyers, and students."
The decisive battle against corruption in India has begun
"India Against Corruption is a movement created by concerned citizens from all spheres, and professions, who've come together to fight corruption in India."
AudienceScapes E-Update from InterMedia
New AudienceScapes Africa Data Center
"The AudienceScapes Africa Data Center allows users to select questions from an AudienceScapes survey in Africa, view frequencies, perform crosstabs and compare results between surveys. There is also basic graphic capability, and displayed results can be downloaded in Excel format. This tool is user friendly and does not require experience with statistical software. The Data Center has two settings, Basic and Advanced, each offering a different set of capabilities."
Tanzania: A Snapshot of News and Information Access and Sharing
"How do Tanzanians ACCESS information? And what are their OPINIONS on the information sources accessible to them? How do they SHARE the information accessible to them? This AudienceScapes Research Brief helps development practitioners understand the information landscape in Tanzania to better plan their communication strategies."
Kenya: Putting Kibera on the Map
"The geography of one of Africa's largest slums is finally being mapped for all to see. The project participants believe that giving Kibera's residents information about what does and what does not exist in their community will help them and help others working there. This is Part 1 of a two-part series about the project."