These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
"The Rwanda Governance Board (GBV) on Monday has rewarded local civil society organizations which promote good governance.
The first phase, which concerned projects dating from July 2011 until today saw 14 projects rewarded, the top three being respectively Transparency International Rwanda (TI-Rw), COPORWA (Rwanda Potters cooperative) and Isango Star Radio.
The three best performers were selected based on indicators of promoting good governance, the ability of the project to attract partners and the direct impact of projects on citizens' lives, while others were evaluated over one indicator of good governance." READ MORE
Postcards from Hell, 2012
"What does living in a failed state look like? A tour through the world’s 60 most fragile countries.
The "failed state" label may conjure up undifferentiated images of poverty and squalor, but a range of troubles plague the 60 countries atop this year’s Failed States Index -- an annual collaboration between Foreign Policy and the Fund For Peace that assesses 177 countries. (Scores are assigned out of a possible 120 points, with higher numbers indicating poorer performance.) Yes, inadequate health care, paltry infrastructure, and basic hunger are the most fundamental culprits, but sometimes it is a ruthless dictator, ethnic tension, or political corruption that is most to blame. In photos and words, here is a glimpse of what life is like in each of the world's most failed states -- and just how it came to be that way." READ MORE
"A who’s who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2012.
In a year of economic and political upheaval, with China on the rise, Europe seemingly in meltdown, and the Middle East in flames -- amid a pitched battle for the White House -- here are the 100 Twitter feeds you need to follow to make sense of it all. To make it easy, we've even collected them for you in a handy, one-stop list." READ MORE
More transparency into government requests
"About two years ago, we launched our interactive Transparency Report. We started by disclosing data about government requests. Since then, we’ve been steadily adding new features, like graphs showing traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries. And just a couple weeks ago, we launched a new section showing the requests we get from copyright holders to remove search results.
The traffic and copyright sections of the Transparency Report are refreshed in near-real-time, but government request data is updated in six-month increments because it’s a people-driven, manual process. Today we’re releasing data showing government requests to remove blog posts or videos or hand over user information made from July to December 2011." READ MORE
Closing mobile's data divide
"Good mobile data is hard to come by. Much is either speculative, out of date or - if based on more recent research - expensive. And what is freely available is often spread far and wide across the Web. If you’re into mobiles for development then today your life is set to become a lot easier with the launch of “Mobile and Development Intelligence” (MDI), a new open data platform from the GSM Association which aims to ‘educate and unite all who want to harness the power of mobile for good.’" READ MORE
The Wall Street Journal: Corruption Currents
"The leaders of the Group of 20 nations said late Tuesday in a declaration they extended the mandate of an anti-corruption working group for another two years, through the end of 2014.
The declaration (pdf) included a request for the Anti-Corruption Working Group to prepare an action plan, and to create another monitoring report for consideration by the end of this year." READ MORE
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