January 2015 Archives

Yeap tackles Apsara allegations

Senior ruling Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Cheam Yeap has dismissed allegations of massive corruption by the government body that oversees the Angkor Archaeological Park made by opposition lawmaker Son Chhay last week. Chhay called for a full investigation into the reporting and use of funds from ticket sales at the Angkor temple complex during a fact-finding mission to Siem Reap...

Does education equal wealth?

Written by Haidy Ear-Dupuy At an E-Camp: Social Accountability for Better Education Services held in the Philippines on 3-5 December, 2014, students from various countries in the Asia and Pacific region asked, “Is education still a way out of poverty?”   Participants from both government and civil society came together in the regional event-organized by the Affiliated Network...

Locally Led and Politically Smart Routes to...

January 14, 2015 By Thomas Kirk Commentators on citizen-led accountability programs in persistently underdeveloped and conflict-prone states frequently advocate approaches that “ work with the grain ” of local social norms and institutions. At the same time, it is argued that local ownership of such initiatives requires donors and outsiders to work at “arm’s...

Opening travel spending through civic...

When we were appointed by the Senate as Commissioners of the Access to Information Institute in Mexico (IFAI), we identified two high profile issues that had negatively affected the Institute’s image: the acquisition of its new building and the lack of transparency on international travel expenditure of the former Commissioners. IFAI has to lead by example, so my fellow commissioners and...

Call for Chapters: Achieving Open Justice...

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2015 , a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by March 15, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2015 . All submitted chapters...

Transparency International Summer School On...

The TI School on Integrity is open to senior students, graduates and young professionals under the age of 35 from public, private, non-governmental and academic sectors and from all academic backgrounds. "Transparency International School on Integrity (TISI) is  an annual state-of-the-art anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders. This year TISI 2015...

PFMP supports Participatory Audit of...

21 January 2015 PUERTO PRINCESA - Some 80 participants from the Commission on Audit (COA) and various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Palawan recently gathered in Puerto Princesa for a capacity building and audit planning workshop for a new Farm-to-Market-Roads (FMRs) citizen participatory audit (CPA).  The Palawan component is part of a nationwide performance audit that COA is...

Largest Teachers’ Association Laments Dearth of...

By Ouch Sony and Max Weinstein | January 22, 2015 The head of the country's largest teachers association sent an open letter to Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron on Wednesday contending that there is a serious shortage of textbooks and teacher manuals due to corruption and indifference on the part of ministry officials. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’...

How to make sense of government accountability

Submitted by Kerina Wang On Wed, 01/21/2015 Accountability is an elusive concept, but understanding where it originates can help citizens find ways to hold governments accountable. In the narrowest sense, accountability is equated with answerability; it refers to the obligation to give an account of one’s action to particular individuals, groups, or organizations.  However, in a...

Participatory Audit enters second phase

Posted on January 22, 2015 From the Commission on Audit Building on the gains from the first phase of the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA), the Commission on Audit (COA) launched Phase 2 of the program on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the COA compound. The CPA is a partnership between the COA and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific, with funding from...

Help the Sunlight Foundation build an evidence...

Are you working on an open data project that improves the level of political participation and citizen engagement? Do you know any tech-based transparency project that you think might lead to change in social behavior? Is your transparency initiative aimed at decreasing the perception of corruption, fraud or waste. Has it led to more investigations or better investigative journalism? Are you...

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