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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.

OECD Observer
Don’t forget corruption

“The crisis should not divert attention from the fight against corruption.  Mark Pieth, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, talks to Lyndon Thompson about the need to keep the ball rolling.

Mark Pieth is the affable, soft-spoken chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery. He has held the post for more than 20 years, during which time he also served on the committee charged with investigating the Iraq Oil-for- Food Programme and the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, headquartered at the OECD in Paris, and most recently as an advisor on the Integrity Board of the World Bank.”  READ MORE

Mobile Active
Ethnography of the Telephone: Changing Uses of Communication Technology in Village Life

“While mobile HCI has encompassed a range of devices and systems, telephone calls on cellphones remain the most prevalent contemporary form of mobile technology use. In this paper we document ethnographic work studying a remote Mexican village’s use of cellphones alongside conventional phones, shared phones and the Internet. While few homes in the village we studied have running water, many children have iPods and the Internet cafe in the closest town is heavily used to access YouTube, Wikipedia, and MSN messenger. Alongside cost, the Internet fits into the communication patterns and daily routines in a way that cell phones do not. We document the variety of communication strategies that balance cost, availability and complexity. Instead of finding that new technologies replace old, we find that different technologies co-exist, with fixed telephones co-existing with instant message, cellphones and shared community phones. The paper concludes by discussing how we can study mobile technology and design for settings defined by cost and infrastructure availability.”  READ MORE

Voice of America
Facebook Has Uncertain Future in Africa

“U.S. media reports say Facebook is set to make an initial public offering of stock that could peg the company's worth as high as $100 billion. While investors have been enticed by the social media company's rapid expansion, its future in Africa is unpredictable.

On the face of it, the numbers in Africa look promising. According to a recent study from the Internet research site oAfrica, the number of Facebook users across the continent increased 165 percent in the past 18 months.”  READ MORE

Global News Network Liberia
LIBERIA: CEMESP-IREX Take Governance To The People

“A joint CEMESP-IREX three week serialized training workshop, covering three counties, Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa, has ensured that Community Radio Journalists, Civil Society Actors and Local Authorities interfaced in building synergy for good governance and political accountability.

Participants in their rounded evaluation of the pilot project have described it as an eye- opener. One tangible outcome has been noted in budget monitoring coalition building network, formed by Bong and Grand Bassa delegates. The initiative is intended to ensure citizens’ participation in the budget process; as a means of instilling fiscal propriety in the management of local resources for better results in development programs and projects."  READ MORE

The investors’ case for more transparency in oil and mining deals

“Imagine you had to make one decision that could change your community and livelihood dramatically. Wouldn’t you want to be 100 percent sure your decision created the best opportunities possible for you and your family?

On the flip side, what if that decision involved an investment of millions of dollars? You would want all the information you could find about the possible outcomes and risks of your decision, wouldn’t you? 

Today, across the globe, citizens of resource-rich yet poor countries and investors in oil, gas and mining companies have a problem just like this. These odd couples both need to make very important decisions about natural resource projects and the companies that undertake them, but they don’t have enough information to make sure their choices are right.”  READ MORE

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