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Samantha Power’s nomination: A reflection of Obama’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde approach to open government?

The nomination of Open Government Partnership architect Samantha Power for US Ambassador to the United Nations represents a tremendous opportunity to promote government transparency and accountability around the world, especially in those countries not yet part of the nascent initiative.  (Disclaimer: Jeremy Weinstein, who sits on our board, also worked closely with Power in launching…

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The High-Level Panel Report: Word Cloud Version

If you're like us, it's unlikely you'll have the time to read through all of yesterday's report issued by the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda ("A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"). It's kind of a big deal if you are a development nerd (we are not).…

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Theories of Change: How We Are Taking Them to the Next Level

A Minister of Transport sits drinking a beer on a restaurant patio.  Across from him is the vice president of the country’s leading private railway company. A week later, a multi-million dollar public contract to connect the country’s biggest metropolis to its countryside is awarded to the same vice president’s railway company. Click. It is just…

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Latin American NGO Launches Regional Media Regulation Report

On May 3rd, Pan-American Freedom of Speech NGO Alianza Regional por la Libre Expresión e Información (Regional Alliance for Free Speech and Information) published a new report which analyzes media regulations in 16 countries around the region. The document, Artículo XIII "Informe sobre regulación de medios en América Latina”, (Article XIII: Report on Media Regulations…

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