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“Transparency, accountability, and participation are all incredibly stupid and ridiculously ineffective ways to run a government – but we chose them because democracies put people’s rights ahead of convenience or practicality.” …says anthropologist Alex Golub in this post discussing Papua New Guinea’s environmental decision making process. — Jonathan Eyler-Werve

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Romania Cannibalizes its Anti-Corruption Institutions

We don’t want to say we told you so. But we did. For the past few years, we’ve been repeatedly asked (with many a raised eyebrow) why our data assessing national-level anti-corruption mechanisms in countries like Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, and Romania were so strong…amongst the strongest globally, in fact. Our answer has been straightforward: the…

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Dragons in Africa: Lessons Learned from Sino-Kenyan Relations

After spending time abroad in Kenya, former Global Integrity intern, Jessica Mahoney became interested in the impact of Sino-African relations on governance in Africa. Jessica explored this topic in her recently finalized thesis at Williams College. Using Kenya as a case-study, Jessica’s analysis rejects the typical narrative that Chinese investment only props up Africa’s most…

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Kuwaiti Journalist Arrested (Again) as Media Freedom Fades

Kuwaiti journalist Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem is back in jail. The outspoken opposition lawyer and reporter was arrested Tuesday for the second time in six months. Al-Jassem has become a symbol of free speech in the midst of the Kuwaiti government’s increasing campaign to silence critical voices. Kuwait has been a rare bright spot in a…

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In Nepal, Even Accountability is Suspect

Over the past month, Nepalese journalist Narayan Manandhar has waged a lonely battle to call attention to irregularities in the procurement of consulting services by the Ministry of Local Development. The irony? The bid, which received applications from national and international consultants, was for a contract to implement the services of the Local Governance Accountability…

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