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Bad Governance leads to bad land deals – the link between politics and land grabs

Bad Governance leads to bad land deals – the link between politics and land grabs | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva (right) and Marloes Nicholls (left) crunch the numbers to find that big land investments sniff out countries with ‘weak governance’ – aka no accountability, no regulation, no rule of law, and a green light for corruption.

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Could Britain’s New Aid Transparency be a Game-Changer?

Could Britain’s New Aid Transparency be a Game-Changer? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Christmas came early yesterday for anyone interested in seeing more effective and accountable aid, with an announcement from DFID which has raised the bar for aid transparency.

 

The ability to follow the money will be a game-changer for foreign assistance. Once we have in place the system to follow UK aid, it is hard to see why other donor’s will not follow suit.

 

DFID will be using IATI, the internationally-agreed standard and mechanism for sharing aid information. All the information that DFID produces, and the information they will require from implementing organisations and sub contractors, will be in an accessible, comparable, standardised format, making it much easier for everyone to find and use it.

 

As other donors move towards more transparent and traceable aid, using this international standard will make it possible to follow all aid money from any source to seeing exactly how it is being used.

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The corruption map of the world

The corruption map of the world | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Transparency International's transparency index measures each country in the world on corruption. See how they compare by clicking on each country. Use the dropdown menu to see how scores have changed since 2011

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Uganda: oil, corruption and entitlement

Uganda: oil, corruption and entitlement | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Wet dreams about black gold are part of the disappointing story that underpins the rising tide of inequality...

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Scandal Bares Corruption Hampering India’s Growth

Scandal Bares Corruption Hampering India’s Growth | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
A brazen brand of crony capitalism has created huge fortunes for a few, at the expense of the nation as a whole, which is falling short in energy infrastructure.
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Ukraine: Corruption blamed for AIDS non-treatment

Ukraine: Corruption blamed for AIDS non-treatment | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Advocacy groups are accusing the government of embezzling millions of dollars in corrupt drug tenders and thus depriving patients of vital treatment. 

 

Ukraine has one of Europe's biggest AIDS epidemics with about 1 percent of the adult population infected with HIV.

Ukraine is a leading recipient of aid from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which covers about 10 percent of the country's needs, the rest coming from state coffers.

 

Of the estimated 450,000 Ukrainians who are HIV-positive, 70,000 require urgent treatment today. But only 28,000 are receiving it, leaving over 40,000 of patients without anti-retroviral therapy, which could greatly prolong their lives, according to WHO.

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Mongolia: Ex-President Arrested

Mongolia: Ex-President Arrested | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Law enforcement officials said they had arrested Mongolia’s former president on Friday, raiding a house in the capital after he refused a summons to answer questions about corruption charges.
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Anna Hazare Tries to Renew Anti-Corruption Movement

Anna Hazare Tries to Renew Anti-Corruption Movement | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The activist Anna Hazare staged a one-day hunger strike on Sunday, but after a few difficult months, the potency of his protest movement no longer seemed certain.
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The Saturday Profile: Academic Turns Grief Into Crime-Fighting Tool in Honduras

The Saturday Profile: Academic Turns Grief Into Crime-Fighting Tool in Honduras | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Since the murder of her youngest son, Rafael Alejandro Vargas, 22, and his friend, Carlos Pineda, 24, by the Honduran national police in October, Dr. Castellanos, 57, has emerged as an unlikely hero here: a civilian willing to wage a public war with drug cartels and their grip on the nation’s institutions.

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In Chinese Village of Wukan, Protesters Become Voters

In Chinese Village of Wukan, Protesters Become Voters | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Less than two months after staging a bold protest against official corruption and chasing away their local leaders, thousands of people in the southern Chinese village of Wukan did something on Wednesday that many once thought unimaginable: They cast ostensibly independent ballots in the first step to determine the leadership of their seaside village in Guangdong Province.

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Anna's NGO finds fast venue charge 'shocking' - IBNLive.com

Anna's NGO finds fast venue charge 'shocking' - IBNLive.com | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India Against Corruption, the NGO spearheading Anna Hazare's proposed fast in Mumbai, on Tuesday expressed shock at the prohibitive cost of hiring the MMRDA ground and asked the Maharashtra government to waive it entirely or allow use of Azad Maidan for the agitation.

 

Sources in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority said Team Anna would be required to pay Rs 34.8 lakh for using the ground for 15 days.

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India Takes Aim at Poverty With Cash Transfer Program

India Takes Aim at Poverty With Cash Transfer Program | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
On Jan. 1, the government began depositing pension and scholarship payments directly into the bank accounts of about 245,000 people — to prevent corrupt officials from diverting the money.
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Good initiative that should be extended and replicated elsewhere

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Chine : un nouveau scandale de corruption ?

Chine : un nouveau scandale de corruption ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Li Chuncheng, le Secrétaire du Parti Communiste chinois de la province du Sichuan, fait l’objet d’une enquête pour « violation de la discipline du parti », menée par la Commission centrale d’inspection de la discipline du parti. Cette affaire marque le premier coup d’éclat en matière de lutte contre la corruption du nouveau dirigeant du PCC, Xi Jinping.

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The stark realities lying behind the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The stark realities lying behind the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Accusations that the Ugandan Government is diverting attention isn’t just a convenient conspiracy theory being propagated by opponents of the Bill, but has also received support from the most unlikely of places. The National Coalition Against Homosexuality and Sexual Abuses in Uganda (NCAHSAU) have come out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, arguing that current legislation on the statute books is sufficient to criminalise homosexuality. They also believe that the Bill is distracting attention from dealing with serious corruption in the country.

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Will India Ever Rid Itself of Corruption?

Will India Ever Rid Itself of Corruption? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
For decades, corruption has been part of life in India. Will anything change?
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For India’s Children, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough

For India’s Children, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Even a generous donor cannot save the children of one Indian family from poverty.

 

The Manjhis are the product of intergenerational poverty and caste-based marginalization. Like their parents, they’re poor, illiterate and seasonally employed. They don’t think beyond their daily survival. They’re also aware that no matter how bad life gets for them, public assistance is unlikely, and change is an impossible dream. They know they have no one to depend on but themselves and their younger kin. They may have empathy for their niece and nephews, but they can’t afford to act on it.

IN a society with few effective regulatory institutions, there’s neither an incentive to take responsibility nor repercussions for not doing so. People don’t do the right thing because it’s easy not to, and there’s no reward for doing it. Villagers are preoccupied with their own daily survival. And it’s easier for bureaucrats to do nothing.

A lack of accountability not only kills motivation, it encourages outright malfeasance. In India’s poorest districts, easily bribed police officers enable trafficking. India, according to Unicef, now has more child laborers under 14 than any other country.,,,

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Why Does Cargo Spend Extra Weeks in Sub-Saharan African Ports?

Why Does Cargo Spend Extra Weeks in Sub-Saharan African Ports? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A new  report from the World Bank asks a key question–why does cargo spend weeks in Sub-Saharan African ports—and comes up with some very thought-provoking ideas.  

 

Raballand et al. argue convincingly that the answer to Africa’s ports problem is not new capacity but the resolution of tricky political economy issues. They describe a vicious circle—(1) fraud and collusion amond customs and port officials, (2) long cargo dwell times due to multiple bargaining processes, (3) self-selection of importers and brokers who aim to reduce competition and earn rents and (4) reduced pressure for simplifying procedures and increasing productivity.

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Bo Xilai’s China Crime Crackdown Adds to Scandal

Bo Xilai’s China Crime Crackdown Adds to Scandal | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

As Bo Xilai, the dismissed Chongqing party chief, becomes immersed in an ever-more tangled scandal, disturbing details are emerging about one of his best-known initiatives, a crusade against organized crime on which he built a national reputation.

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Fraud against Foreign Affairs Ministry, 29 denounced

Rome - A fraud against Development Cooperation, to get higher mission allowances and resulting in a 1 million 600 thousand euros damage, according to estimates, was discovered by the Financial Police in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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India Ink: In Indian Politics, Crime Pays

India Ink: In Indian Politics, Crime Pays | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

At least 10 state assembly candidates in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh are presently in jail awaiting trial on charges that include murder and racketeering. In the current assembly, 139 out of 404 legislators are free while facing criminal charges.

 

Criminals and strongmen have long been a feature of Indian politics. Their ill-gotten wealth provides easy campaign cash, and they often control constituencies with strong caste or religious loyalties. Indian police are kept under tight political control, and are prevented from taking on politically-connected gangsters. Indian cops have been known to file false cases against opponents of the ruling dispensation. The courts move slowly against those who are charged....

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Bruno Manser Fonds | News

Bruno Manser Fonds | News | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In a letter to Malaysia's Attorney General (AG), the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), an international NGO coalition is requesting that Malaysia's top prosecutors immediately arrest and criminally prosecute long-term Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud ("Taib"), his four children, his eight siblings and his first cousin, Abdul Hamed Sepawi ("Sepawi").

 

According to the NGOs' letter to Malaysia's top prosecutors, Taib and "thirteen of his family members as co-conspirators" are accused of "the illegal appropriation of public funds, the abuse of public office, the illegal appropriation of state land, fraud, larceny, corruption, systematic exploitation of conflicts of interest, suspected money-laundering, and conspiracy to form a criminal organization."

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Corruption versus human development

Corruption versus human development | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Which countries/regions struggle the most with corruption in their political institutions?  Which countries/regions struggle with development?  Why is corruption seem to be correlated with  development? 


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 4:40 PM

It seems that New Zealand is the country to live in because it has less corruption. But one day the corruption will start and that would be the country no one would like to be living in. the United States is also a great place to live in but in certain areas. That goes for New Zealand also. But what I am curious why in other countries there is so much corruption in all these other countries like Congo and Afghanistan. Maybe that one day will change.