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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

Stockholm International Water Institute
Policy Brief: Preventing Corruption in the Water Sector

“The WGF policy brief, Preventing Corruption in the Water Sector, provides policy makers with concise analysis on how to identify corruption risks in the water sector and offers key recommendations to that can secure political commitments to promote water integrity, transparency and good governance.”  READ MORE

Twitter Says it has 140 Million Users

“Twitter celebrated its sixth birthday on Wednesday by dropping an impressive stat: The network now claims 140 million active users.

In a blog post feting the event, the company also boasted that its network sees 340 million tweets a day. ‘That’s more than 1 billion every three days,’ the post reads. ‘However concisely, it turns out there’s plenty to say.’”  READ MORE

M-Government: Mobile Technologies for Responsive Governments and Connected Societies

“Mobile phones are becoming the most rapidly adopted technology in history and the most popular and widespread personal technology in the world.  Additionally,  they  play  an  increasingly  important  role  in  providing access  to  the  Internet.  Access  to  mobile  networks  is  available  to  90%  of  the world population, and to 80% of the population living in rural areas, according to the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database; and among OECD countries mobile broadband subscriptions grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 20% between 2007 and 2009, according to the OECD Communications Outlook 2011.

Given this unparalleled advancement of mobile communication technologies, governments are turning to m-government to realise the value of mobile technologies for responsive governance and measurable improvements to social and economic development, public service delivery, operational efficiencies and active citizen engagement. The interoperability of mobile applications, which support quick access to integrated data and location-based services, paves the way for innovative public sector governance models – also called  mobile  governance  or  m-governance  –  based  on  the  use  of  mobile technology in support of public services and information delivery.”  READ MORE

Covering Elections: The Challenges of Training the Watchdogs

“CIMA is pleased to release a new report, Covering Elections: The Challenges of Training the Watchdogs, by Rosemary Armao, a veteran journalist and journalism educator. Election training for journalists has been something of a sideline in most media development programs. Programs aimed at improving election laws, structures, and processes may include a journalism component, for example. Or efforts to boost investigative reporting might focus on elections in a particularly sensitive year. Where specialized election coverage programs have been mounted, they have tended to be short term and timed directly before elections, with faulty recruiting of participants, little focus on skills to be imparted in the rush, and no follow-up.”  READ MORE

Citizen voice and state accountability: towards theories of change that embrace contextual dynamics

“The development industry is increasingly pushing practitioners to achieve results, and to do better in demonstrating what works, what does not, and explaining why. There is a growing interest in going beyond the  measurement of results to being able to understand the basis for success or failure. Consequently, the development of explicit theories of change (ToCs) is starting to be viewed as central to this process, as a key part of what constitutes ‘rigour’ in impact evaluations.

Citizen voice and accountability (CV&A) project interventions produce and reproducediverse outcomes that are not amenable to linear models of ToCs. This paper uses a critical analysis of CV&A cases from the Mwananchi Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programme to examine how citizen voice and accountability happens in different governance contexts.”  READ MORE 

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