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democracy and governance


The routes and possibilities of a South - South subversive globalization: Africa and Brazil

> Pambazuka News

Jacques Depelchin reflects on the growing economic, political and cultural relationship between Brazil and the Africa and urges for a solidarity from below that is cognizant of black revolutionary history. Almost everyone knows about Brazilian football, especially Pelé; but, it is a fair bet that a very tiny percentage of the same people will know about one of the foremost intellectuals of Brazil in the 20th century: Milton Santos (MS), winner in 1994 of the Vautrin Lud prize given to the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 December 2007

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

BURUNDI: VP’s resignation eases political deadlock

The resignation of First Deputy President Martin Nduwimana should help break a crippling political impasse and expedite peace talks in Burundi, according to an opposition leader. Nduwimana resigned on 7 November, saying he wanted to give the country’s institutions a chance to resume work. “I handed my resignation to the head of state who accepted it,” Nduwimana said. “I don’t want to be an obstacle to peace.” Burundi is struggling to recover from the devastation of a civil war that broke out (...) read

date of on-line publication : 16 November 2007

Corruption in Venezuela

> by Gregory Wilpert

The following is an excerpt from an article that was first published in the November/December 2006 issue of Extra! We re-post the excerpt here on the occasion of the release of the release of Transparency International’s 2007 Corruption Perception Index, which presents Venezuela as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. A more detailed examination of the data, however, shows that the CPI is an extremely unreliable measure for corruption in Venezuela. Accusing politicians of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 9 October 2007


BLIN Arnaud, MARIN Gustavo

Rethinking Global Governance

Introduction: From international equilibrium to global governance The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, more than the shock of September 11, 2001, marked the end of a very long period in international history, that of the “balance of powers”. Since this historical event, the planet has been in a phase of geostrategic rupture. The model of “national security”, for example, even though it is still in use by the majority of governments, is being gradually replaced by an emerging collective (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 September 2007


Transnational Institute (TNI)

Public Services in Europe from privatisation to participation

Across Europe a major conflict is raging over the future of public services. On the one hand are those who believe that privatisation and liberalization is the only way to meet the needs of consumers, improve the efficiency of public finances and create a common European market allowing enterprises, professionals and workers to move freely. On the other hand are those who highlight the risks of privatising services that have been historically guaranteed and protected by the state, thereby (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 July 2007


The sentence of the Permanent People’s Tribunal

The sentence of the Permanent People’s Tribunal session on the situation of human rights in the Philippines.The session took place in the Hague from the 21th to the 25th March 2007. More information : read

date of on-line publication : 25 June 2007

Inter Press Service (IPS)

Poor Could Lose 67 Billion Dollars

Poor countries risk receiving 50 billion euros (67 billion dollars) less than what they have been promised from the European Union by 2010 unless the bloc improves the quality of its development aid, anti-poverty campaigners have warned. The EU’s development aid ministers are to assess what progress has been made in realising commitments to increase aid at a Brussels meeting May 15. Although EU officials say the ministers will express confidence that pledges are being upheld, non- (...) read

date of on-line publication : 22 May 2007



Capacity building for local NGOs : a guidance manual for good practice

> Progressio (former CIIR), 2005 (pdf)

The concept for the manual arose from groundbreaking work in CIIR/ICD’s Somaliland programme initiated in 2000. This work continues today through a long-standing programme of capacity-building support to the indigenous local NGO sector in Somaliland funded by Comic Relief. Through this publication, we hope that this guidance on capacity building will have a wider use and purpose and will prove of benefit to capacity-building activities with local organisations in many different parts of the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 6 April 2007

Transnational Institute (TNI)

Morocco : between economic liberalisation and political stagnation

> In "Beyond the Market : The Future of Public Services", Elâabadila Chbihna Maaelaynine and Massimiliano Di Tota, April 2006, 7 p. (pdf)

Given the lack of a project for the democratic modernisation of the state and the construction of citizenship, Morocco is caught between economic liberalism and political stagnation. The public services on offer do not satisfy the basic needs of the population. Recent market-oriented reforms have aggravated the social and political crisis, as shown by the increase in corruption, clientelism, foreign debt, impunity and religious fundamentalism. Read Morocco : between economic liberalisation (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 March 2007

Transnational Institute (TNI)

Public services in South Africa : transformation or stasis

> In "Beyond the Market : The Future of Public Services", Greg Ruiters, April 2006, 9 p. (pdf)

Although the South African state has shifted away from uncritical promotion of neo-liberal public management, the government continues to mesh limited welfarism with market-driven reforms. It has tried to use service delivery to win political loyalty, but this strategy has largely backfired. There is growing public awareness that the current failures and inequities in access to public services can no longer be blamed on the legacy of apartheid. Read Public services in South Africa : (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 March 2007

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