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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...

The Common Battle: Human Rights, Good Governance and Freedom of Expression

12 March 2014 | freedom of expression, governance, governance and media, political accountability, service delivery

 “Watchdog” is probably the most acknowledged and the easiest to understand concept of the role of media in a society. A quite simple description of journalists’ function: “a person or group of...

How to Build Accountability in Fragile States? Some Lessons (and 2 New Jobs) from an Innovative Governance Programme

14 February 2014 | accountability, afghanistan, fragility, gender, governance, social contract, south-sudan

One of my favourite Oxfam programmes is called (rather arcanely) ‘Within and Without the State’(WWS). It is trying to build civil society and good governance in some pretty unpromising environments...

Opinion: 3 reasons 'governance' should not only be a stand-alone development goal

07 February 2014 | governance, measurement, post-2015, sdg

Better governance is increasingly recognised as a key driver of development. So much so that a number of organisations and states are lobbying for a 'stand-alone' governance goal to be included in...

Post-2015: The Right to Know: A Global Goal

06 February 2014 | good governance, governance, post-2015, sdgs, sustainable dev, transparency

In a statement released today, the Center for Effective Government joined nearly 200 organizations from around the world in calling for the right to know to be enshrined as a global goal for...

Blog-post: Is big data a silver bullet for development?

03 February 2014 | big data, blogpost, data, data-revolution, governance, indicators, post-2015

I’m at a three-day workshop on data and accountability for the post-2015 development agenda, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). I’m joined by a sizeable contingent of statisticians as...

Corruption in the Philippines: Survey of Business Execs Reveals 'Mixed’ Findings

23 January 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, corruption assessment, governance, methodology, transparency

On January 15, the results of the latest “SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption” were released during an afternoon session of the Good Governance Summit 2014. The previous survey in 2012 showed an...

Blog-post: Transparency and governance in the land sector: two sides of the same coin?

09 January 2014 | accountability, agriculture, blogpost, governance, odi, transparency, water

Land transparency has been on the public agenda again since the G8 summit in June this year. Two events in the same week in October showcased the issue: the Open Government Partnership annual summit...

Blog-Post: Another functional governance indicator: civic registration (and statistical capability)

03 January 2014 | blogpost, governance, governance indicators, indicators, post-2015

Another functional governance indicator: civic registration (and statistical capability) I'm writing this using an iPad app so hopefully it works. Today I wanted to revisit my proposal made quite...

Blog-post: Well-being and quality of public service provision

09 December 2013 | governance, governance and education, health sector, justice, oecd, public service, taxation, well-being

Last month, the OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate (GOV) launched its flagship publication “Government at a Glance 2013”. The report presupposes that governments are...

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