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Ibrahim Index of African Governance, 2008

The second annual installment of the Ibrahim governance index, which aggregates third-party and original data to create a five point scorecard in every country in Sub-Saharan Africa. The summary lays out the Ibrahim Foundation’s focus: The essential political goods can be summarized and gathered under five categories: Safety and Security; Rule of Law, Transparency, and…

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USA: Does Obama’s “Google for Government” Work?

With talk of “Google for Government” highlighting budget transparency, we take a look at the US Congress’s performance on the issue compared to other nations, and take for a test drive. A week ago in the first presidential debate, Senator Barack Obama mentioned he worked with Senator Tom Coburn “to set up what we…

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World Bank Comments on Our Corruption Measurement Guide

Daniel Kaufmann’s Governance Matters blog comments on our recent work, A Users’ Guide to Measuring Corruption. Dr. Kaufmann is director of the World Bank’s Global Governance group. While Daniel Kaufmann and company have previously detailed their own views on corruption metrics, we are pleased to see that on several of the key points discussed in…

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Drug Money in Mexican Elections? Maybe Not.

Last week, this Global Integrity Commons post described a Mexican minister’s statements on the role of drug money in Mexican politics. Here, Global Integrity’s Renato Busquets goes deeper, walks through the context of this debate and suggests a possible solution. Last week, the Mexican Secretary of the Interior, Juan Camilo Mouriño, addressed the Mexican Congress;…

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View from the Street

Managing Director Nathaniel Heller and Global Integrity’s lead Nigerian reporter Olayinka Oyegbile, between sessions at the Global Investigative Journalism conference last month in Lillehammer, Norway. (You can send your street view photos to [email protected], and we’ll post them here). –Jonathan Werve

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Russia: Independent Radio, But Within Limits

A Russian radio station, Echo Moskvy, serves as a rare independent voice in Russian journalism – for as long as the Kremlin permits it. A September 22nd issue of The New Yorker magazine quotes Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin saying, “We have never had freedom of speech in Russia, so I don’t really understand what…

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