March 2015 Archives

Call for Applications

ANSA-EAP is looking for an Assistant to the Executive Director (AED). The AED provides a full range of technical, administrative and other staff support for the efficient and effective harmonization of the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Executive Director. The AED should be capable of exercising initiative, discretion and good judgment. Strong writing skills, diplomacy,...

Open Government Awards

In 2015, OGP is asking countries to showcase how open government initiatives have resulted in concrete improvements in the delivery of public services, e.g. economic welfare programs, health care, education, water, roads, public safety etc. OGP has selected this theme for 2015 in recognition of the fact that public services are the most common interface between citizens and the government, and...

What does the future hold for the 'third arm'...

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s shake-up of the World Bank's organizational structure has elicited a wide range of emotions: hope, fear, confusion, doubt, optimism, inspiration. Budget cuts, projected staff layoffs and the introduction of 14 new "Global Practices" had many inside and outside the institution expressing concern about the fate of bank-led development initiatives, which...

What do social accountability and power have to...

Rakesh Rajani, Director of Democratic Participation and Governance at the Ford Foundation, recently visited UNICEF as part of the Conversations with Thought Leaders series. After the event we got his views on where the field of citizen-led accountability is headed and what risks and opportunities there are for working with and for children in this area. UNICEF: What are you the most excited...

Youths in dark about graft

While nearly 98 per cent of Cambodia's youth agree that corruption is a key hindrance in the development of the nation, only 2 per cent know “a lot” about the government rules and regulations that prevent it – with less than 40 per cent familiar with the concept of democracy or the National Assembly. And while 27 per cent of youths reported paying a bribe to receive medical...

No Corruption, No Poverty: Will Open Government...

by Rogier van den Brink Just months into its mandate, the Aquino administration made a powerful push for better governance designed to reduce corruption and increase transparency, accountability and participatory decision making. The plan is anchored in the vision of Philippines President Aquino’s commitment of “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” or “No Corruption, No...

Open for Comments and Contributions: “Social...

Conditional cash transfers are widely used in the world and are proving effective in delivering results. CCTPs are government programs that typically provide cash to participants upon their fulfillment of a set of conditions or responsibilities (e.g., school attendance by children, visits to health facilities). According to the World Bank , the number of CCTPs increased from 27 in 2008 to 53...

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