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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.

The Promising Game-Changers in Global Development: Social Innovators

“Turning on a light, warming a house, and using an appliance are activities that most of us take for granted. But in many parts of the developing world, access to electricity is scarce. Enter “sOccket,” a soccer ball that harnesses the kinetic energy of play to generate electricity. When kicked, it creates energy that can be stored and then used later to charge a battery, sterilize water or light a room.

SOccket has received a lot of attention recently – from the likes of Aneesh Chopra, the first White House chief technology officer, to former President Bill Clinton, who called sOccket “quite extraordinary.” The attention isn’t surprising – the invention is clever, it’s creative, it’s relatively cheap, and it takes on one of the biggest challenges in the developing world.”  READ MORE

Building Support for International Development

“Foreign aid budgets in donor countries are under close scrutiny. But development groups are eager to sustain support for aid funding in a push toward the Millennium Development Goals. This presents a tough communications and engagement challenge for those aiming to keep global health and other development issues on the public agenda.

Building Support for International Development is a guide to engaging key players in the development debate. Based on research in the four leading donor countries -France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. - as well as emerging aid power China, the report goes beyond opinion polling on public attitudes toward foreign aid to analyze the dynamics of issues engagement with interested citizens, influentials and government decision-makers.”  READ MORE 

Revolutionary citizens become better journalists (new LSE research)

“We know that ‘ordinary people’ played an important role in reporting the recent protests that cascaded across the Middle East and North Africa, but our new research shows that they also became savvier reporters in the process. At the same time, professional journalists became better and more comfortable working with “user generated content”.

The interesting thing that our research observed is that the “journalistic literacy” of citizens reporting the protests, from Iran to Egypt and Bahrain, increased between 2009-11.”  READ MORE

Community Media: A Good Practice Handbook

“Community media are a key ingredient of any pluralistic media ecology. As an alternative medium to public and commercial media, they occupy an important space in citizen participation. That they are enlivening civic participation globally is evident in the case studies compiled in this publication.

There is no doubt that community media have a social impact. The case studies are replete with anecdotes of how various initiatives have contributed towards community development and empowerment. Fiji’s femLINK is a testament of women’s empowerment.  Indonesia’s Aceh Nias Reconstruction Radio Network (ARRNet) is a clear testimony of community-based rehabilitation and reconstruction in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, rebuilding shattered communities.”  READ MORE

Financial Task Force
Anything But Petty: Small-Scale Corruption And The Need For A Cultural Shift

“On a large scale, corruption undermines development and democracy, exacerbates poverty, erodes civil society, stifles social services, and worsens public health. When it involves cross-boarder flow of money, it is damaging to economies not just because of the underlying corrupt acts, but also because it deprives the country of both public and private resources—including financial capital—that might otherwise be diverted to productive activities.

Most of the corruption that we talk about on this blog and in the general dialogue about corruption and economic development—concerns this sort of large-scale corruption. But there is another kind of corruption that is often overlooked: and that’s when it occurs on a much smaller scale.”  READ MORE


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