These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
“Will electing more women to office make governments less corrupt? One new paper suggests in might—but the reason for that is not necessarily encouraging.
Previous research has suggested an association between a politician’s gender and their likelihood to engage in corrupt behavior. A World Bank study from 2001, for instance, found that “one standard deviation increase in [female participation in government] will result in a decline in corruption... of 20 percent of a standard deviation". This perception has been behind some well-publicized campaigns, such as Mexico City’s plan to employ all-female traffic cops in some areas.” READ MORE
Freedom Eludes African Media
“The African Media Forum organised by the African Media Initiative concluded this week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The event brought together prominent journalists, media managers and owners from across the continent. Yet at a time, cases of media rights violations are on the increase in Eastern Africa, press freedom was not on top of the conference agenda.
Instead the gathering's core focus was on business development, technology innovation and leadership and ethics.” READ MORE
2013 Awards Dinner
International Center for Journalists
“On Nov. 7, nearly 600 people gathered for ICFJ's annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor, as master of ceremonies.
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof said investing in international reporting is one of the most “cost-effective and reliable ways” to bring good governance “to countries that desperately need it,” in the evening’s keynote address. Watch the video.” READ MORE
“The debate is hotting up on what, exactly, will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But one thing is certain about the future post-2015 goals – without money they will remain just words on paper.
After the declaration of the MDGs in the historic Millennium Summit, countries gathered in Monterrey in 2002 to agree a financing consensus that was impressive in the range of issues it tried to tackle, emphasising the need to move well ‘beyond aid’. It covered areas as diverse as domestic financial resources, foreign direct investment, international trade, external debt and systemic issues in the international monetary, financial and trading systems and touched on the now commonly recognised problems of tax evasion and illicit capital flight.” READ MORE
A local democratic deficit – SMS polling to the rescue?
Europe and CIS
“Armenian public decision-making has typically been marked by distrust and low engagement, despite having access to the necessary legal framework and institutions.
Recently, though, there have been signs of greater civic activism and trust in local authorities.
According to data from the Caucasus Barometer, local governments had the third highest public trust rating in 2012 (after religious institutions and the army), whereas they were rated 14th in 2011.” READ MORE
“When Abasiama Idaresit started a digital marketing firm in Nigeria's bustling economic capital three years ago, he quickly learned how brutal life can be in a market where tech startups are in their infancy.
No-one would lend him money to hire staff or pay for office space, so Idaresit spent eight months hustling the streets of Lagos, trying to convince clients his plan to help them develop online campaigns was a winner.” READ MORE