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Revisiting the “Resource Curse” and Democracy Nexus from an Accountability Framework

Why are so many nations rich with highly concentrated resources so frequently undemocratic? The long-debated “resource curse” gets new evidence from Dr. Gilbert Maoundonodji, a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow. He argues that in Chad resources actively hinder a nation’s ability to foster democratic development. In this post, we’ll take a look at Dr. Maoundonodji’s arguement, then…

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New Media Initiative in Liberia

There’s a new media group in Liberia, and we’re happy to welcome the Liberia Media Initiative for Peace Democracy and Development to the community. Civil society in Liberia one aspect of the governance framework that is doing pretty well, picking up a lot of the slack that formal government institutions might otherwise do. The media…

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Spreadsheets and Transparency at the Millennium Challenge Corporation

In a blogger-focused forum yesterday, acting-CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Rodney Bent, spoke to the importance of “risk-taking” in aid and development. Risk taking isn’t new in development (“Let’s build dams! With loans!”) but it’s refreshing to see the risks being borne by the people making the decisions. The MCC wants transparency, and…

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Timor-Leste Prime Minister to Face Corruption Investigation

The president and government ministers in Timor-Leste have voiced their support for Xanana Gusmão, the current prime minister accused of corruption. Opposition leaders have denounced Gusmão’s actions as “cronyism.” And, finally, Xanana Gusmão has spoken publicly on the allegations he faces. The PM’s first words: “I don’t want to explain any more…” Yesterday, Gusmão expressed…

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Washington Post Ombudsman Speaks Out on Salon Scandal

In his Sunday column yesterday, the Washington Post Ombudsman, Andy Alexander, found a steady tone, even as he characterized the paper’s recently proposed lobbyist-journalist salons as an “ethical lapse of monumental proportions.” Politico was the first to break news of these “salons” after reporters there got hold of an internal Post flyer advertising the policy…

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