These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
“Twenty African media innovators will receive a total of $1 million to develop digital projects that improve the quality of news across the continent, as part of the first African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC).
Many recipients concentrated on enhancing citizen journalism, investigative reporting and source protection.
ANIC is the largest fund for digital journalism experimentation in Africa. It is designed to spur solutions to the business, distribution and workplace challenges facing the African news industry. The contest was organized by the African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent’s largest association of media owners and operators, and managed by Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein. The fellowships are administered by the International Center for Journalists.” READ MORE
What stops women reporting corruption?
“When asked whether corruption is a problem for women, I immediately think about the women in a local hospital who were being charged US$ 5 every time they screamed while giving birth.
The impact of corruption on women is under-researched and hard to document because it is not easy for women to come forward and report it.
At Transparency International Zimbabwe we have gained the confidence of women over the years by acting on the conspicuous forms of corruption which they reported to us.” READ MORE
“What does corruption look like? The short answer is: not what you think it does. Imagine a politician being bribed. You might envisage a suitcase stuffed with used dollar bills being handed over in a dark alleyway. But nowadays, corruption can work differently. It may involve a complex web of shell companies and trusts, set up by an army of lawyers, accountants and company service providers and fronted by so-called nominee directors and shareholders. This lack of transparency means that such entities can be used to hide the identities of the corrupt, and so bribes can arrive direct into companies' bank accounts. This week's revelations in the Guardian and on the BBC's Panorama have finally shed some light on this shady world.
In theory, anti-money laundering laws in practically every country in the world specify that companies must be able to be traced back to their "beneficial owner", the person who pockets the profits and controls the company's actions. In practice, however, this system is broken.” READ MORE
“The developing world, especially Africa, has been subject to unequal, unbalanced and biased information flow. In the 1970s, the idea of a New World Information and Communications Order (NWICO) was launched to strengthen the media of what was then termed the Third World. The notion of a Pan-African media network was championed by many in Africa, Asia and Latin America, but after a number of failed attempts it was pronounced a "dead duck!".
Nearly four decades later, the G8 summit in Gleneagles and the "Our Common Interest" Report spoke about the urgency to "form a consortium of partners, in Africa and outside, to provide funds and expertise to create an African media development facility". This is how the African Media Initiative (AMI) was born.” READ MORE
The Hunger Project
DC Consultation on Participatory Democracy
“The Hunger Project held a consultation with participatory democracy specialists in Washington, DC on Friday, November 16, 2012. Representatives from development-implementing organizations, grant-making organizations, and for-profit consultants all gathered to discuss the creation of the community of practice, a shared advocacy agenda, the participatory democracy scorecard, and the State of Participatory Democracy Report.
Conversation initially focused on how to successfully advocate for the importance of local government as a necessary partner in any sustainable development. Initially, a case must be convincingly made that increased decentralization will improve service delivery. This can only be accomplished if decentralization is paired with both increased accountability and increased funding at the local level.” READ MORE