Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director at Transparency International, reflects on the G20, the historic events in the Middle East, and social media and transparency at the 2011 Davos meeting: Looking back, I was struck that there was no longer a great sense of urgency about the economic crisis. Even though the G20 was on the […]
Looking back at Davos – Part two
Have the rules changed? A brief look on what has happened since the 13th IACC
Crossposting from the Accountability2.0 blog, a blog started at the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference looking at how social media has changed how we are fighting corruption. Are citizens changing the rule of the game? This year, the International Anti-Corruption Conference has not only a session, but a whole stream focussing on a wide range of […]
As part of the ongoing debate on transparency and accountability started over at Bill Easterly’s blog AidWatch, Roslyn Hees, Transparency International’s Senior Advisor for its Humanitarian Assistance Programme has written the following post. The contribution has also shortened in a comment on Tom Murphy’s post Transparencygate! over at the Huffington Post. It is refreshing to […]
A step forward for access to information in Guatemala
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court rules that the data on beneficiaries of a large-scale social programme should be publicly available, setting an important precedent for access to information requests by civil society in the country. David Gaitán, of TI’s national chapter in Guatemala Acción Ciudadana, writes about how this decision came about. In early August of […]
Transparency: A Key to Jumpstart MDG Progress
Time is not on the side of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of development promises made by world leaders in 2000 on everything from education to the environment. There are only another five years left to meet the ambitious targets, which include halving the number of people living on less than US$ 1 […]
Why the MDG action plan needs an anti-corruption agenda
The word anti-corruption appears nowhere in the draft declaration ahead of the September MDG Review Summit to kick start action on the Millennium Development Goals. Why this should change. In 2000 the United Nations set a 15-year time line – the Millennium Development Goals – to tackle some of the world’s biggest development problems from […]
Extractive Industries: The challenge of disclosing where the money goes
From April 15-16, 2010 the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative met in Berlin. Eduardo Bohorquez, head of the Mexican TI chapter and board member of the EITI, as well as François Valérian, head of Private Sector Programmes for Transparency International, were there (version française versión en español) April 16 marked a decisive day for […]
Developing Hyper-Local Integrity Systems?
The Technology Transparency Network (Disclosure: I am on the board of advisors) is a mapping project looking at about 40 case studies in developing countries that aim to promote transparency, accountability and civic engagement. Adding to the really good review of the first set of projects by David Sasaki, I would like to focus in […]
Blowing the whistle on match-fixing
Sylvia Schenk, a former German Olympic athlete and lawyer, is a senior advisor to Transparency International, the anti-corruption NGO and chair of TI Deutschland, TI’s German chapter. What a surprise: there is match-fixing in football and the authorities appear to be taken aback. This was not supposed to happen. Four years ago when German referee […]
Anti-corruption conventions: A new fight
The anti-corruption movement and its partners are readying for their next battle in the fight against abuses and the disregard for transparency, integrity and accountability. Yet the location is not in a boardroom or in parliament, but in a convention centre in Doha, Qatar. Here, representatives from governments and civil society will be convening discussions […]
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