September 2016 Archives

The Open Government Partnership and...

Mukelani Dimba, Executive Director of the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) One of the enduring challenges faced by the African continent in lifting millions out of poverty is this: how do you ensure that Africa’s natural endowments are used to benefit Africans directly? It is the conundrum of all time that a continent so richly endowed with natural resources remains the poorest in the...

SAEs, contractors averse to oversights

Citizens' engagement in local project monitoring is not accepted well by sub-assistant engineers (SAEs) as monopolistic control over the sites and chances of rent seeking from the contractors are shrinking for that. The project directors and contractors concerned are hardly present at the sites while their representatives present there try to avoid the citizens, thus refusing to be...

How to tap the power of the people

Named alongside Barack Obama and a Google founder as one of the most innovative people in democracy , Tiago Peixoto is at the forefront of finding ways to make citizens’ voices shape what government actually does. Originally from Brazil, he now works in more than a dozen countries for the World Bank. His work encompasses three things: participatory budgeting, such as in Brazil, where...

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