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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.

Transparency for what? The usefulness of publicly available budget information in African countries 

“Advocacy and civil society groups around the world are increasing their calls for governments to publish budgets and expenditure reports, not least in Africa, where budget transparency remains low by global standards. However, while governments are often praised internationally for the number and type of budget documents they release, less attention is given to the content of these documents and whether they allow for meaningful budget analysis. This note considers whether the budget documents released by African governments are sufficiently comprehensive to answer basic questions about budget policy and performance.”  READ MORE

Five steps to more meaningful youth engagement 
Global Development Professionals Network Partner Zone 

“Today's young leaders are taking on a variety of meaningful and dynamic roles in development organisations. As board members, lobbyists, activists, entrepreneurs, designers, experts, trainers, and researchers, youth are driving their own destinies by taking part in decisions that affect them and their communities. For example, Restless Development, an international youth-led development agency, supports a project in which local young people lead action research aimed at finding solutions to complex challenges in the turbulent Karamoja region of Northern Uganda. These young researchers have produced several excellent products, including Strength, Creativity, and Livelihoods of Karimojong Youth.”  READ MORE

Media, aid and democracy: understanding a complex relationship 
Global Development Professionals Network

“In her book 'Reporting Disasters', Suzanne Franks writes that "the BBC coverage of the Ethiopian famine in 1984-85 was an iconic news event." Not only was Michael Buerk's report from Korem (heavily dependent on shocking images of death and devastation) a seminal moment in the reporting of humanitarian crises, it – and other subsequent reports – reduced the famine to an 'act of God', helped shape the relationship between NGOs and the media (one in which charities desperate for funding feed a media sector desperate for evocative stories) and has contributed to the 'infantalisation' of Africa.”  READ MORE

Bad governance is Africa’s enemy 
Ghana Web 

“Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says until bad governance is uprooted from the continent, its people would continue to live in despair. 'Everywhere, people talk about freedom and democracy but when you look at the situation critically, you find that in most of these countries, people are not allowed freedom and opportunity to choose their own leaders through genuine elections'.”  READ MORE

3 Ideas on Innovating Access to Information in Kenya 
Beyond Access

“‘Some librarians think that problems are like mountains, where in reality they are clouds that can be moved’ said Moses, who showed Beyond Access the Kismusu Public Library during a visit to Kenya. Moses manages the library, located near the shore of Lake Victoria. Beyond Access recently visited libraries and organizations in Kenya to learn more about technology for international development (ICT4D) and access to information in the country. While in Kenya, we hosted two salons with government and civil society representatives to discuss this issue. We came away with three key ideas about local content, innovation, and partnerships.”    READ MORE

Mapping 400,000 Hours of U.S. TV News
Internet Archive Blogs

“We are excited to unveil a couple experimental data-driven visualizations that literally map 400,000 hours of U.S. television news. One of our collaborating scholars, Kalev Leetaru, applied “fulltext geocoding” software to our entire television news research service collection. These algorithms scan the closed captioning of each broadcast looking for any mention of a location anywhere in the world, disambiguate them using the surrounding discussion (Springfield, Illinois vs Springfield, Massachusetts), and ultimately map each location. The resulting CartoDB visualizations provide what we believe is one of the first large-scale glimpses of the geography of American television news, beginning to reveal which areas receive outsized attention and which are neglected.” READ MORE

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