These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Space for Transparency
Mobilising to Make Aid Transparent
"How much money are donors giving to Liberia, Peru and Sri Lanka?
It sounds like a simple question and one that should have a quick answer – but it does not.
Donors have pledged in international agreements to provide such information by making their aid more open and effective, but most have failed to fulfill these promises. Making aid more transparent allows citizens in countries giving and receiving aid to know what it is funding and where. It is information that is essential for ensuring aid has the most impact. It is critical to make sure aid is not wasted or lost to corruption." READ MORE
In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard
"For the largest civil society media platform in Tanzania, back talk is good.
In fact, talking back is the objective of a new service at Femina HIP called Speak Up! The service aims to increase access of marginalized youth and rural communities and promote a participatory, user-driven media scene in Tanzania.
Femina HIP is the largest civil society media platform in the country, outside of commercial mainstream media. Products include print magazines, television shows, a radio program, and an interactive web site. Fema magazine, for example, has a print run of over 170,000 copies and is distributed to every rural region in the country." READ MORE
Los Angeles Times
United Nations report: Internet access is a human right
"Internet access is a human right, according to a United Nations report released on Friday.
"Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," said the report from Frank La Rue, a special rapporteur to the United Nations, who wrote the document 'on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.'" READ MORE
"The European Union executive announced plans on Monday for a crackdown on corruption, warning it would name member countries that failed to tackle abuse that costs EU taxpayers an estimated 120 billion euros a year.
The European Commission accused some EU governments of not taking corruption seriously enough and said a report evaluating each nation's reponse to graft should force them to act.
"It is clear that there is not enough determination amongst politicians and decision-makers to fight this crime," said Cecilia Malmstrom, the commission's chief for home affairs. 'With the naming and shaming ... we can achieve a lot.'" READ MORE
Research for Development
Governance and the Media: A Survey of Policy Opinion
"This report sets out to provide a fresh analysis of current thinking and practice about the role of media in relation to governance outcomes. Specifically, the aim was to discover from first principles – and without attempting to prove any particular thesis – what current thinking about media and governance is among a number of high level thinkers and policy makers from the governance, media and development communities. How important is media considered to be to governance and is it thought to be receiving the appropriate level of attention? Has the level of attention changed, and if so, are there any indicators which illustrate the shift? Or is there a gap between the importance ascribed to media in relation to governance and its reflection in policy, research or programmatic action?" READ MORE
"'The road to democracy is not taught, rather it is shared experiences,' said Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and current executive director of the UN Women, during the United Nations Development Programme’s two-day forum which concluding today at the Marriott Hotel in Cairo. The UNDP conference convened under the banner “Pathways of Democratic Transitions: International Experiences, Lessons Learnt and the Road Ahead” and was organised as a platform to facilitate an exchange of experiences, particularly South-South dialogue, in light of the recent popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Moroccan and Jordanian experiences in democratic reforms were also shared." READ MORE