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Water Governance: Better Urban Water Management Needed for Asia's Cities

20 March 2014 | asia pacific, environment, urban governance, water governance

By 2050, estimates predict that close to 70 percent of the world will live in cities. Asia is home to 17 of the 25 most densely populated cities in the world, and the mass migration from the...

Nepal: What Can a Community Do to Hold a School Accountable?

20 March 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, community scorecards, governance and education, public service delivery

The answer from a case study in western Nepal says the answer could be one of the social accountability tools - Community Score Card (CSC).  The case study, produced by the World Bank-funded Program...

Nepal: What Can a Community Do to Hold a School Accountable?

20 March 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, community scorecards, governance and education, public service delivery

The answer from a case study in western Nepal says the answer could be one of the social accountability tools - Community Score Card (CSC).  The case study, produced by the World Bank-funded Program...

Citizens ‘Grade’ the Water and Sanitation Utility in Karachi, Pakistan

18 March 2014 | asia pacific, citizen report cards, sanitation, service delivery, water governance

 In Karachi, Pakistan, the majority of citizens suffer from poor levels of water and sanitation services, especially those in low-income settlements. To help them create a plan to improve their...

India: Sustaining Accountability

14 March 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, election, governance

During her primary contest with Barack Obama for the nomination of the Democratic Party, Hilary Clinton once remarked that one only needed to look at the two of them (a woman and an African American...

Long Road Ahead for Gender Equality in Pakistan

10 March 2014 | asia pacific, democracy, gender assessment, gender development, gender equality, statistics

As the world celebrates yet another international day dedicated to acknowledge and appreciate women’s social, economic, cultural and political contributions, women in Pakistan struggle for equal...

South Korea Has Moved Backwards in Democratic Freedoms, a New Report Finds - Korea Real Time - WSJ

19 February 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, ogp, open data, transparency

If technology makes governments more open and accountable, South Korea should be among the world’s greatest successes. This is increasingly not so, according to the findings of a draft progress...

Indonesia: Spicing up research on sub-national development through open data: Indonesia Data for Policy and Economic Research (INDO-DAPOER)

17 February 2014 | asia pacific, blogpost, indicators, open data, sub-national

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. – Sherlock Holmes. It's a game changer for those...

Movie: Citizen-led democracy assessments around the world – International IDEA’s State of Democracy assessment frameworks

13 February 2014 | asia pacific, citizen-led, democracy assessment, video

Citizens across all continents have used the citizen-led democracy assessments pioneered by International IDEA for the past 10 years. The Institute is now releasing a movie about citizen-led...

Pakistan: Holding the Government Accountable

05 February 2014 | access-to-info, asia pacific, election, political accountability, scorecard, transparency

For the first time since its independence in 1947, Pakistan saw its first ever peaceful transition from one democratically elected government to another in 2013.  While this was a remarkable success...

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