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  • Transparency International has collated and reviewed the Afghanistan National Unity Government’s (NUG) anti-­corruption commitments over its past two years in office, and prioritised the commitments that, if achieved, would most likely lead to meaningful progress in tackling corruption in Afghanistan. Drawing on the expert inputs of individuals from Afghan civil society and business, Afghan...

  • "Thomas Mann once said: “Alles ist Politik”, meaning everything is political. This not only includes SSR but even more: one can say SSR is politics. Whether we do train, build and equip, we discuss the importance of Human Rights or we assist the elaboration of a legal framework we influence or even change the political balance in a certain country. But an SSR process is not only political...

  • On August 26, 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted two new general comments. The first is related to women and girls with disabilities, and the second is related to the right to inclusive education. Both general comments can be found on the website of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The UN News Centre has...

  • From the Panama Papers to an op-ed by Secretary of State John Kerry to a hearing in the U.S. Senate, signs are growing that the U.S. is beginning to understand the threat that widespread corruption poses to U.S. national security and international stability, and that a solution will require global coordination. One concrete measure can start turning that realization into action. Read more of...

  • Gender equality is a cornerstone of a democratic and just society, and International IDEA is committed to supporting democratic processes that empower women. The constitution-building process provides an extraordinary opportunity for women and gender-equality advocates to participate in the framing of democratic institutions. The Constitution Assessment for Women’s Equality helps users analyse...

  • On 1 July, 2016, the United Nations resolved that access to the internet is to be considered a human right. Our digital culture podcast, Chips with Everything, has produced an in-depth series on the topic. Listen to all four episodes via the Guardian here.

  • Increasing evidence suggests that, to improve accountability and promote evidence-based decision making, open access to data and data literacy skills are essential. While in-person educational opportunities can be limited in parts of the developing world, free educational tools are available online to boost data literacy skills. This Governance for Development post introduces five unique tools...

  • The Proxy Challenge Competition was launched in 2013 to help aid donors better assess the results of anti-corruption efforts. In 2014, the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre ran the first edition of the challenge, and brought together a body of promising, bespoke proxy indicators. In this second round the aim is to find the best proxy indicators that can track progress of anti-corruption...

  • LandMark is the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are collectively held and used by Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The global platform is designed to help Indigenous Peoples and communities protect their land rights and secure tenure over their lands. LandMark currently provides information at two scales–community...

  • Civil society groups that seek to combat transnational grand corruption have what might be called a love-hate relationship with the law. Sometimes magistrates and prosecutors can be pushed to hold perpetrators to account. All too often, existing law and law enforcement mechanisms protect those responsible for high-level corruption: bribing business actors, self-dealing kleptocrats, and the...

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