Hamid Karzai Declares Assets

Afghan President Hamid Karzai provided a public asset disclosure and suggested that all government officials do the same. But Karzai also had harsh words for critics calling for better anti-corruption in Afghanistan. “Foreigners have defamed Afghanistan so badly in terms of corruption. But it’s not as serious as they think,” he said. Reuters has Karzai’s…

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Daniel Kaufmann on the “Silent Crisis” in Aid and Anti-Corruption

Governance uber-wonk Daniel Kaufmann cuts a path through the development aid establishment, commenting on the financial crisis, the 2005 Paris Declaration, China as aid donor, mobile phones in governance, South-to-North knowledge transfer… he covers a lot of ground. But the core message is always the need for innovation. “The official aid industry was already behind…

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