Raquel and Ambia

A Time to Prioritize and Commit: Introducing Our New Leads for Listening and Learning, and Communications

Over the summer, we hired two new superstars, Raquel Rubio as our Director for Listening and Learning, and Ambika Samarthya-Howard as our Head of Communications, based out of Colorado and New York respectively. Raquel and Ambika co-wrote this blog [Alan added the superstars bit] to share their initial thoughts about the organization, and how they…

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Marking milestones in understanding the presence of corruption and the role of integrity among South African and Zambian urban planning professionals

One year further into its GI ACE-supported research concerning the role of integrity and corruption within the planning profession in Zambia and South Africa, the African Centre for Cities’ “Cities of Integrity” (COI) research team has hit new milestones and made progress in achieving its research objectives. Since publishing its first working paper, covered in…

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Open data standards design behind closed doors?

In June 2020, we had the opportunity to join a discussion on open contracting and inclusion organised by HIVOS. Participants shared their thoughts on a newly published paper by Michael Canares and Francois van Schalkwyk that is part of a set of research papers supported by Hivos at the intersection of public procurement, inclusion and participation. ILDA have just published one article about inclusion in…

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The evolution of a front-line led anti-kleptocracy strategy in Central Africa

Paul Biya. Denis Sassou Nguesso. Teodoro Nguema Obiang. These Central African leaders are wealthy, powerful, and visible actors of kleptocracy. They steal from their citizens and use state power for personal gain. What’s lesser-known in the region is the anti-kleptocracy movement led by front-line organizations.  As a human rights activist at heart, I believe it…

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