These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
"How do you stop corrupt regimes from stashing their money in your jurisdiction? That is the question a joint initiative by the World Bank and United Nations answers in a recent report.
The Barriers to Asset Recovery report, by the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), gives policymakers a ‘how to’ guide on implementing laws and mechanisms needed to freeze and repatriate stolen assets." READ MORE
"The most recent uprisings in the Middle East have brought citizen journalism back into the limelight, but bloggers and independent reporters have been breaking stories that major media outlets never could for some time. Janis Krums’ iPhone snapshot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 emergency landing on the Hudson River, George Allen’s infamous “macaca” incident, or the continuing reports of protests from Syria in the face of violent oppression are just a few examples.
This new source of information fills a void left by a diminished traditional media corps. In some cases, the media have openly embraced citizen contributions, most notably CNN with its iReport features.
To help foster this new trend, several non-profits and social enterprises are actively working to improve the strength of that citizen media across the world." READ MORE
"In her first official visit to Tunisia, Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, will draw attention to the critical role Tunisian women have played in the movement for democracy, and the need to make gender equality and women’s empowerment a cornerstone of the ongoing reform process.
In her three day visit, Ms. Bachelet will call for greater political participation of women including in the upcoming October elections and in the constitution-building processes, emphasizing that gender equality is a pre-requisite in advancing democracy and economic development." READ MORE
"When we met a couple weeks ago with researchers and policy advisors at DFID we were keen to share with them the key future trends for mobiles in developing nations. For the basis of this discussion we used the slides compiled by Rudy De Waele, which cover the views of a variety of practitioners involved in ICT4D and mobile technologies in Africa." READ MORE
An Art, Not a Science
"As I participated in a conference last week that debated the recent trends in the monitoring and evaluation of civil society organisations, I was struck by the amount of energy and resources devoted to measuring the impact of the sector.
Around 170 development practitioners from all corners of the globe gathered at the INTRAC conference in the Netherlands to discuss how the increasing demand for value-for-money and evidence of results by aid donors is affecting the work of civil society organisations. Indeed, with growing pressure from donors who are increasingly struggling to justify their overseas development aid budgets amid domestic budget cuts, discussion was lively." READ MORE
"In countries torn by instability and unrest, corruption and “gray” market activity are not confined to the oil business. As journalists Ken Silverstein and Andrew Feinstein explained in a recent Revenue Watch dialogue, the “shadow markets” for weapons and for hydrocarbons share startling similarities.
Open Society Fellows Silverstein and Feinstein visited RWI on 26 May for a discussion on the role of middlemen in the oil and arms industries. Silverstein, the author of Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship, is currently reporting on how governments and oil companies evade anti-bribery regulations. Feinstein is a former MP in South Africa who exposed an $11 billion corrupt government arms deal, and is also the author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade." READ MORE
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The Future of Africa
"'The Future of Africa' is the second film in ONE's Profiles and Perspectives Project, a series of short films shot in Johannesburg. The film features inspiring students from the African Leadership Academy -- a pan-African education institution whose mission is to transform Africa into a peaceful and prosperous continent by developing and supporting its future leaders -- discussing how technology is helping them learn, connect and drive Africa forward." READ MORE