These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Center for International Private Enterprise Development Blog
Strengthening Local Voices for Development: CIPE's 2010 Annual Report 
"CIPE’s 2010 Annual Report features the impact of partnerships around the world that strengthen the citizens’ voices for market-oriented and democratic governance. Whether CIPE partners work to establish youth entrepreneurship education in Afghanistan, strengthen the voice of the private sector in Ukraine, or reinforce transportation route security in Nigeria to reduce the cost of doing business, the 2010 Annual Report emphasizes the high quality and impact that results from programs designed to keep democratic and economic reforms at the forefront of global issues." READ MORE 
Social media and democratic governance: the next decade (Wilton Park paper) 
"These are the notes for a presentation I gave as part of the Wilton Park conference on ‘media, social media and democratic governance’.
This has been an extraordinary period for news and also for the way that news is created and consumed. I think that we see some substantial trends emerging are more than passing fads or exceptional circumstances. I want to step back a little from the immediate detail of what is happening and try and put it in a conceptual framework that I think will help us frame policy ideas." READ MORE 
Global Public Square
Fareed Zakaria: How to beat bribery 
"One out of every four people on this planet paid a bribe last year. Bribery has been said to cost the world $1 trillion a year. The United Nations says bribes accounted for one fourth of Afghanistan's annual GDP. So I was intrigued to hear about an innovative idea to deal with corruption from one of the places most plagued by it - India. India's Chief Economic Adviser, the economist Kaushik Basu, posted a paper on his personal website in which he made a case for legalizing certain types of bribes." READ MORE 
Harnessing Social Media Tools to Fight Corruption 
"I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed for this report on Harnessing Social Media Tools to Fight Corruption (PDF). The study was prepared by Dana Bekri, Brynne Dunn, Isik Oguzertem, Yan Su and Shivani Upreti as part of a final project for their degree from the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The report was prepared for Transparency International (TI). As part of this project, the authors compiled a very useful database of projects that apply social tools to create greater transparency and accountability around corruption issues. The authors recommend that TI draw on this list of projects to catalyze an active network of civil society initiatives that challenge corruption. The report also includes an interesting section on Mobilizing Volunteers and considers the role of volunteer networks as important in the fight against corruption. The authors write that," READ MORE 
Space for Transparency
How Martin became transparent & won a UN public service award 
"The northern Slovak city of Martin was given the prestigious UN Public Service Award for its anti-corruption reforms supplied by the Slovak chapter of Transparency International last week. It is the first time that a Slovak institution was awarded such a prize, which is given to public institutions such as ministries or cities." READ MORE 
"The traditional media in the Middle East has embraced the use of social media with 95% of the region's journalists now using Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks, a major survey published today reveals. However, personal use - such as keeping in touch with family and friends - is the most popular reason for journalists' use of social media, with just 60% using it as part of their daily working lives and only 35% valuing it as a source of news." READ MORE