Archive for the 'Peoples Empowerment' Category

Is Aquino’s pro change political platform failing to deliver?

The Philippines marked the first year of the presidency of Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III on June 30, 2011 unsurprisingly without much fanfare.

Echoing the pleas of all governments since the 1986 overthrow of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, the Aquino government was relentless in asking the public for more space and more time to “repair the damages” wrought by the unpopular predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

This plea for “more space and more time” seems to be the de rigeur among all post-Marcos governments. It is their standard response to the demands of various sectors for immediate reforms. > Read full story

This Is How The Techies Do It

This Is How The Techies Do It

How do you think the technologically-literate people empower the fight against corruption? You may think they’ll use the most advanced gizmos to track or spy on the corrupters. Or at least, developing high-tech methods to catch the grafters red-handed.

But just like how the smartest guys are the ones who can simplify things for people, so are the techies. They make technology easier to be used by everyone, even with their limited access to the wired world, people can participate in ensuring social accountability. > Read full story

How are You Changing the Rules of the Game?

Looking back at Bangkok

Last November, the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference took place in Bangkok. It brought together civil society, the private and public sectors, academics and about 130 journalists from 123 countries to discuss the challenges facing the world today. > Read full story

A Climate of Corruption? Transparency Challenges for Cancun and Beyond

This post has been crossposted from World Resources Institute blog. By Manish Bapna and Jacob Werksman.

An update from the International Anti-Corruption Conference.

At the start of the international climate conference in Cancun, the international anti-corruption movement is weighing into the debate on how to shape a new global treaty and deliver effective climate financing to developing countries.

Issues of transparency and accountability have long been a source of contention, and a barrier to progress, in the UN-led climate negotiations. Disagreement between developed and developing countries over how to make actions and policies taken by countries robust and comparable has undermined the trust essential for effective global cooperation to halt rising temperatures. More recently, the issue of climate financing has become a bone of contention, with developing countries questioning whether the money pledged by industrialized countries is new, or simply diverted development aid.

Last month in Bangkok, Transparency International organized the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), which focused in part on the the transparency and corruption challenges associated with climate policy, climate finance for mitigation and adaptation, and carbon markets. WRI prepared the IACC background document on climate change and corruption and has been advising Transparency International on the 2010 Global Corruption Report, which also take climate change and corruption as its theme.

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Corruption and Poverty – A Complicated Relationship

Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network’s Joseph Mansilla just e-mailed me a link to the coolest visual tool to quantify links between corruption and other societal problems that I’ve seen this week. (Ricardo Valdes’ CPI+US Trafficking in Persons Report comes in close second).  Below is a still image from the highly interactive “Gapminder” graph that vividly depicts the positive correlation between poverty and corruption.  Click here to visit the interactive version.

So, what’s this all mean? Does corruption lead to poverty or does poverty cause corruption? Or, is the relationship more complicated than that?

That’s your cue: Let us know what YOU think by tweeting with the hashtag #14iacc.

– Jimmy

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