These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Interactive: Mapping the World's Friendships 
“Technology bridges distance and borders. Individuals today can keep in touch with their friends and family in completely new ways — regardless of where they live. We explored these international connections through Facebook and found some trends — some predictable, some wholly unexpected, and some still inexplicable.
Who can explain the strong link between the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the poorest countries in the heart of Africa, and Ecuador? The reason the Central African Republic might be good friends with Kazakhstan is likewise mysterious to us.” READ MORE 
“New technologies are changing the nature of monitoring and evaluation, as discussed in our previous Salon on the use of ICTs in M&E. However, the use of new technologies in M&E efforts can seem daunting or irrelevant to those working in low resource settings, especially if there is little experience or low existing capacity with these new tools and approaches.
What is the role of donors and other intermediaries in strengthening local capacity in communities and development partners to use new technologies to enhance monitoring and evaluation efforts?” READ MORE 
The Jakarta Post
Mobile phones and social media in the global south 
“While the benefits of e-governance have been observed in many high-income developed economies, there is still much skepticism about its applicability in the global South.
E-governance or “electronic governance” is the application of information and communications technology (ICT) to government functions and processes so as to bring about efficient and effective governance. Unlike the comprehensive planning, political and technical support that e-governance projects in developed countries have, many of the e-governance projects implemented in developing countries do not have such an advantage.” READ MORE 
Putting Corruption Out of Business 
“During the last 12 months, do you think that your company has failed to win a contract or gain new business in this country because a competitor paid a bribe?” READ MORE 
Participatory Governance Toolkits 
“Through a global stocktaking exercise, the CIVICUS PG Project has identified participatory governance practices from across the globe which have proven effective at promoting transparent, responsive, accountable and effective governance, at both the local and national level, through active citizen participation.
This on-line toolkit provides information on nine different categories of participation governance practices (described below) and currently includes more than 30 individual approaches/tools. Additional tools are under construction and will be posted over the coming months, so visit often!” READ MORE