Anti-Corruption in the Middle East? Start with Elections

Khalil Gebara, longtime Global Integrity contributor and president of the Lebanese Organization for the Enhancement of Transparency, ponders governance in the Middle East. Accountability starts with elections, he argues. Arab Reform Bulletin: Arab countries lack peaceful mechanisms to regulate the functioning of institutions. They have yet to embrace the principles of good governance and respect…

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South Africa: The Rusty Padlock Award, Which You Really Don’t Want

Our friends at ODAC in South Africa have coined a delightful new “award” for institutional stubbornness and opacity. Bophirima District Municipality has today won the Rusty Padlock Award for being the most unresponsive, secretive, chronically non-compliant public institution in South Africa. ODAC also runs a rather less cynical Golden Key Award, which celebrates open and…

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