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This past Sunday was memorable on two fronts. First, it was global Anti-Corruption Day – we come to that in a moment – but it also marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. gas vs diesel engine Activists used the occasion to call for the end of harassment and killings of activists in their work of promoting civic engagement and holding the government to account.

Encouragingly there are some signs that the trajectory need not always be negative. Yared Hailemariam is pushing adoption of a revised CSO law into legislation in Ethiopia for better engagement with the government, while former Rwanda presidential candidate and government critic, Diane Rwigara and her mother were acquitted by Rwandan court on charges of inciting insurrection and forgery.

For transparency advocates, last week’s OGP steering Committee was a reminder of battles still to be won. While the committee discussed the state of democracy and OGP’s thematic priorities for 2019, one key committee member, Aidan Eyakuze, Twaweza’s executive director could only participate remotely. Reason? Lack of his passport confiscated by the Tanzania Immigration Department back in August.

More encouragingly for OGPers, the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s 2018 world e-parliament report notes that over a third of parliaments now have a formal working arrangement with parliamentary monitoring organizations, which can serve as catalysts for greater public understanding and engagement. power vocabulary words A mark of progress – albeit a long way still to go.

Returning to December 9 th and to Anti-Corruption Day, we were cheered that Accountability Lab won the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award – read their take on the ceremony in Malaysia. Plus, we saw welcome policy and prosecution moves this week. On the policy front, you will recall that earlier this year; the UK Parliament passed a bill to require British Overseas Territories to introduce public registers revealing the individuals behind companies that are incorporated in their jurisdictions. Will this directive help to curb money laundering? Only time will tell, but new research by Transparency International UK finds 237 global economic crime cases – worth £250 billion – were allowed by 1,107 companies based in the British Overseas Territories.

It’s been a year full of tech scandals from Facebook potentially being used to incite ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, to Cambridge Analytica seeking to manipulate elections, to Google building a secret censored search engine for the Chinese. national gas average 2012 All this raises the critical need for accountability, a recurring theme in AI Now’s 2018 report and their 10 recommendations for industry, governments, and academia starting with providing sector-specific agencies with the power to oversee, audit, and monitor the technologies.

One of the AI Now recommendations refer to the need for government vendors to waive trade secrecy and other legal claims that stand in the way of accountability in the public sector – one way to overcome the “black-box” effect. Yet, a Spanish government agency has dragged its feet in responding to a public records request seeking source code for a computer program that assesses citizen eligibility for electricity subsidies. Currently, only electricity brokers have access to the program (in Spanish). grade 9 electricity unit review What is the next step?

The ‘Mediterranean Seven,’ a grouping of southern EU countries, have signed a declaration pledging to lead on developing blockchain technology for government use and promote its use for governing, such as land and corporate registries. They cite the technology’s ability “to increase transparency, minimize administrative burdens, and better access to public information.” High claims.

Recently the World Bank launched its new worldwide bureaucracy indicators database that gives an understanding of the fiscal implications of the government wage bill. Pamela Jakiela draws three lessons from the data. Government size doesn’t vary with income. Better pay isn’t linked to less corruption. Women are over-represented in the public sector relative to the private sector.

Monday saw the launch of a new set of scenarios for our world in 2040 developed by 35 experts from a range of disciplines. 4 gas planets Focusing on fiscal issues, the range of possibilities for the mythical country of Thule range wide as variables such as levels of participation and democratic space come into play. What shifts do tax and budget advocates need to make? (see more under TAI Spotlight).

Talking of revenues and participation, a new report from EITI details how increases in said participation, dialogue, and data accessibility can enable women to better harness the benefits of extractive resources in their countries. table d gaskets Pair with the impact story of how Natural Resource Governance Institute has helped civil society in Tunisia to ensure resource governance and transparency and champion EITI membership. Finally, check out Andrew Bauer and Ines Schjolberg Marques’ argument on how to fight corruption and mismanagement of natural resources.

Are funders making the most of consultants? The ability to match the right consultant with the organization’s need, budget, and work style can generate substantial benefits for all involved. How do you go about it? S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation shares lessons they have learned as well as the experiences of grantees they support and useful resources for working with consultants.

Beyond consultancies, how do funders know they are supporting effective programming? One way is to open the communication channels with grantees. A recent study by the Centre for Effective Philanthropy and Open Road Alliance found out that foundations are not as in touch with non-profits’ needs as they think. gas in oil lawn mower Why is there a failure in communication and what can be done?