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Fighting Corruption with Social Accountability: A Comparative Analysis of Social Accountability Mechanisms’ Potential to Reduce Corruption in Public Administration ACRN Research Correspondent Brigitte Zimmerman reviews a recent paper that argues social accountability mechanisms are effective only against a backdrop of electoral accountability Read More...
Posted at Sep 16, 2014 10:31 AM
Transparency in Financial Reporting: Is Country-by-Country Reporting Suitable to Combat International Profit Shifting? ACRN Research Correspondent Likumbi Kapihya reviews a new discussion paper published by the Centre for European Economic Research, highlighting the challenges of using Country-by-Country reporting (CbCR) to promote financial integrity among highly profitable multinational companies. Read More...
Posted at Jun 24, 2014 12:32 PM
Authoritarian Restraints on Online Activism Revisited: Why "I-Paid-A-Bribe" Worked in India but Failed in China Yuen Yuen Ang considers the success of the website I-paid-a-bribe. While the Indian site was successful in helping to combat corruption in Bangalore, a Chinese equivalent did not show a similar success. By showing the differences of the two websites, Ang shows that the authoritarian policies in China result in a civil society that lacks capacity and thus could not make use of an online tool such as I-paid-a-bribe. Read More...
Posted at Jun 24, 2014 11:20 AM
A Debate on Integrity and the Crisis of Corruption Aiming to encourage and educate citizens, the Transparency and Integrity Civic Association (TIAC), in partnership with the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL) and the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), held the second edition of the Summer School National Integrity System between 11 and 13 September 2013. Read More...
Posted at Feb 05, 2014 05:17 PM
SITC Guides and Policy Papers Support Center for Information Technology is an independent human rights organization founded as an initiative in 2004 and has taken an institutional structure in 2006. Its main work focuses on the promotion of the right to knowledge and freedom of information in Egypt by working in research, advocacy and training in order to promote freedom of information, transparency and accountability, and independence of the media Read More...
Posted at Jan 09, 2014 05:56 PM
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Anti-Corruption Datasets (8)
OpenTED Datastore - European Procurement data OpenTED releases updated data extracts from the European procurement database, Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). The data on this site is machine-readable CSV, ready for examination by journalists and others. As researchers have recently started looking into procurement data to compare the efficiency and effects of various procurement mechanisms, this ready to use, detailed and Europe-wide database should allow for further investigations in various aspects of procurement at the European level. More information on the background of OpenTED can be found here : http://openspending.org/blog/2013/05/27/Procurement-Hac-Recap.html Read More...
Posted at May 31, 2013 11:48 AM
Putting Corruption Out of Business Transparency International carried out a survey of 3,000 business people in 30 diverse countries around the world. The survey was conducted from May-July 2011 and asked business people not just for their views on bribery and corruption, but also on what works to stop corruption in the private sector and what the business community can do to put corruption out of business. An interactive website set up to showcase the findings allows users to compare the data across countries, sectors, gender of respondent and more. Please see link for more details. Read More...
Posted at Oct 12, 2012 05:40 PM
2011 Humanitarian Response Index Since 2007, DARA’s Humanitarian Response Index (HRI) has provided an independent assessment on how well donor governments apply the GHD Principles with the aim of improving the quality, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of governments’ aid. The HRI 2011 report indicates that government’s humanitarian aid budgets are not being maximised effectively to the detriment of vulnerable populations. The fact that most of the crises analysed were predictable reveals the international community’s inability to address chronic vulnerability by strengthening resilience and increasing capacity for prevention and preparedness, as demonstrated by the famine in the Horn of Africa. The HRI 2011 also found that gender remains more of a political commitment than a practical reality. Read More...
Posted at Mar 13, 2012 04:02 PM
Global Right to Information Rating The Right to Information (RTI) rating, which covers 89 countries around the world, was developed by Access Info Europe and the Centre for Law and Democracy. The central idea behind the RTI Rating is to provide RTI advocates, reformers, legislators and others with a reliable tool for assessing the overall strength of the legal framework in their country for RTI. The Rating also indicates the strengths and weaknesses of the legal framework in seven different categories, namely: Right of Access, Scope, Requesting Procedures, Exceptions and Refusals, Appeals, Sanctions and Protections, and Promotional Measures. There are a total of 61 Indicators, each with a range of possible scores which in most cases is 0-2, for a possible total of 150 points. The Indicators are drawn from a wide range of international standards on the right to information, as well as comparative study of numerous right to information laws from around the world. A standardised scoring tool, based on the Indicators, was developed to ensure that the points under each Indicator were allocated consistently across different countries. The scoring tool was then applied to each of the 89 countries with right to information laws around the world by researchers at CLD and AIE. The analysis shows vast room for improvement: two thirds of countries (64%) scored in the middle range, between 60 and 100 points out of 150. Typical weaknesses were the limited scope, over-broad exceptions regimes, shortcomings in oversight and appeals mechanisms, and lack of legal requirements to promote awareness of the public's right of access to information. Please see link for more details. Read More...
Posted at Jan 10, 2012 03:50 PM
2011 Aid Transparency Index The 2011 pilot Aid Transparency Index collects for the first time primary data on aid transparency levels, with help from civil society organisations (CSOs) in 34 countries. The Index assesses the availability of specific information items at organisational, country and activity level for 58 donor organisations, including bilateral and multilateral donors, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and private foundations. It then ranks these donors by assigning scores for whether specific aid information was published combined with an organisational level assessment of whether the donor is participating in the International Aid Transparency Initiative and whether they have a Freedom of Information law (or equivalent disclosure policy). Read More...
Posted at Nov 15, 2011 02:20 PM
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Anti-Corruption Courses and Trainings (2)
  • Corruption, Development, and Good Governance (George Washington University) This course examines corruption from real world as well as scholarly perspectives. It uses case studies, debates, guest lectures, and items from the news to examine how corruption can affect effective governance at the national and international levels and its trade spillovers. It also examines how new technologies and strategies (from cell phones to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative) can reduce corruption and improve governance. Read More...
    Posted at Jan 30, 2012 04:36 PM
  • Preventing Corruption in Health Programs (Boston University, School of Public Health) This course is designed to provide students with skills for assessing vulnerabilities to corruption in the health sector. It aims to build the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to become an effective advocate for anti-corruption strategies and health system reforms that promote accountability and transparency. Read More...
    Posted at May 31, 2010 01:41 PM
 
 

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