These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Mediatwits #89: Google Glass: Revolutionizing News or Public Annoyance?
“Google Glass could have a transformative effect on journalism, especially as we watch Tim Pool from VICE use Google Glass to report on Turkish protests. But it’s important to examine the shortfalls as well as all the great new advancements, both real and prophesied. Special guests Rackspace’s Robert Scoble, Veterans United’s Sarah Hill, CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis and USC Annenberg’s Robert Hernandez, all early adopters of Google Glass as well as social media and journalism experts, will talk about their experiences with the device and what they see as its strengths and weaknesses for its potential future in journalism. MediaShift’s Mark Glaser hosts, along with Ana Marie Cox from the Guardian and Andrew Lih from American University.” READ MORE
Africa: Is Good Governance Necessary for Economic Progress in Africa?
“The third wave of democracy arrived in Africa in the early 1990s, well after the pursuit of pro-market reforms advocated by western aid agencies and international organizations. When that wave subsided, a good governance agenda of the rule of law, accountability, transparency, and human rights persisted. A third of the states of sub-Saharan Africa are today substantially democratic while the rest consists of quasi-democratic, electoral authoritarian, autocratic, and failed states.
Yet the driving force of change is less democratization than economic growth; and most countries share in the economic upswing that has moved the region higher on global growth charts. Virtually all African governments make the requisite genuflections to the good governance agenda however diluted in actual practice. Aid flows remain buoyant, direct foreign investments led by China are climbing, and remittances from diasporas add to positive financial flows.” READ MORE
Can a Soccer Ball Save a Woman’s Life?
“Every year, one million babies die the same day they were born, almost always in poor countries. Besides the sheer human tragedy of this fact, it has significant ramifications for the economies of developing nations, as well.
Here's what one popular theory suggests: When children frequently die in infancy, parents have a lot of kids in order to maximize the chances that some of them will survive, and they also invest less in each child. When fewer children die, meanwhile, fertility rates tend to decline, and something called a "demographic dividend" opens up: Parents are less burdened by hungry mouths to feed, more moms can work, parents invest more in each child, and economic growth accelerates. Many economists believe that this trend was in part responsible for East Asia's remarkable growth over the past half-century.” READ MORE
European Reasearch Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building
ERCAS Director Emphasizes Role of Public Spending in Controlling Corruption
“In a presentation at an international Economics conference, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi highlighted recent findings from ERCAS’s research suggesting that there is more to the link between corruption and government spending than what traditional research has so far explored. An analysis based on the distinction between social and investment expenditure reveals that the true problem lies with discretionary spending, and this should be taken into account in the design of anti-corruption policies to reduce resources for corruption.” READ MORE
Raising Our Voices: How We Can Collaborate to Expand Quality Education
“Though my principle occupation is that of an entertainer, I have another passion that's developed side by side over the years along with my artistic career, and that is promoting for early childhood education. I grew up in a Colombia that was divided and poverty-stricken. In Barranquilla, where I came from, it seemed as though many around me had their fate decided for them since even before birth. Those who were born poor died poor, and unfortunately, the same holds true today in Colombia as well as in many other parts of the developing world. Even as a child, I knew that seeing those kids in my hometown, living in the streets with little hope of changing their fate, was wrong. No matter what the circumstances. That indignation became the catalyst that inspired me to form my foundation Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation) in Colombia when I turned 18 and had enough success that I was able to give back in what felt like a really impactful way.” READ MORE
Last mile connectivity vital for investors to recoup in Africa
“Africa has used and plans to use billion of dollars to put in place fibre optic infrastructure as it seeks to satisfy the increasing broadband demand.
The majority of the funds has gone into pulling submarine cables to the nearby ports while the rest has expanded the fibre infrastructure inland to cities and densely populated areas that can economically support them.
A plethora of countries have already managed to connect most of their inland with fibre with only a few still lagging behind, such as South Sudan. Despite a number of cables at its borders, work inside the country is yet to begin.” READ MORE
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