These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
20 Empowered Women that You Should Be Following on Twitter 
“Men are from Mars, women are from Venus – we’ve all heard that before. It’s no secret that the men and women are treated differently, but when it comes down to the heart of the matter, women are just as capable of success, if not more so, than their galactic counterparts.
With International Women’s Day fast approaching, CIPE is highlighting ways to help the movement for women’s empowerment. CIPE’s programs approach women’s empowerment through institutional reform, economic and political empowerment, and working with partner organizations to look beyond financial assistance – by helping women build leadership and business skills, CIPE focuses on preparing women for participation, whether they’re running a business, advocating legislative reforms, or simply making the world a better place for taking care of their families.” READ MORE 
“Mobile technologies empower the poor to take hold of their future.
They fundamentally transform the way people in the developing world interact with one another and their governments, and access basic health, education, business and financial services.” READ MORE 
The New York Times
Web Sites Shine Light on Petty Bribery Worldwide 
“The cost of claiming a legitimate income tax refund in Hyderabad, India? 10,000 rupees.
The going rate to get a child who has already passed the entrance requirements into high school in Nairobi, Kenya? 20,000 shillings.
The expense of obtaining a driver’s license after having passed the test in Karachi, Pakistan? 3,000 rupees.
Such is the price of what Swati Ramanathan calls “retail corruption,” the sort of nickel-and-dime bribery, as opposed to large-scale graft, that infects everyday life in so many parts of the world.” READ MORE 
“With women underrepresented in high level politics and decision-making the world over, a new Guidebook produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is showing political parties how they can begin to redress this imbalance by supporting women’s participation in the electoral process.
Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties - A Guidebook to Promote Women’s Political Participation, which was launched by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Wednesday, provides best practices on how political parties can promote women’s participation in decision-making at all levels.” READ MORE 
Updated CPI iPhone App and new Nokia News App! 
"Looking for a way to keep tabs on the latest corruption trends, wherever you are?
We’re very pleased to announce that our original Corruption Perceptions Index Index iPhone application has now been updated to include the latest data on public sector corruption worldwide. The redesigned app also includes a new CPI game where you score points based on how well you know the index. Our boss Cobus de Swardt has had sleepless nights trying to reach a perfect 10! Do you think you can beat him to it?” READ MORE 
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- Poverty 
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- New York Times 
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- I Paid A Bribe 
- UNDP 
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- NDI 
- Transparency International 
- Corruption Perceptions Index iPhone app 
- Helen Clark 
- Guidebook to Promote Women's Political Participation 
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- Governance 
- accountability 
- Transparency