As thousands gather in Tallinn for the Open Government Partnership Global Summit, sadly one person who will not be there is Gubad Ibadoghlu, tireless champion of transparency. His widely condemned arrest was one more prompt for Azerbaijan being permanently suspended from OGP. Our thoughts are with Gubad, his family, and all imprisoned activists around the world.
There is a new journal edition on the political economy of authoritarianism - the first articles are already out.
Keren Yarhi-Milo and Laura Resnick Samotin present their thoughts on why “it’s so hard to forecast authoritarian aggression”
Hollie Russon Gilman and Amy Eisenstein argue that citizens' assemblies have the potential to repair our broken politics.
Research in Italy finds that better-paid politicians are significantly more likely to prevent corruption in public procurement (although are consequently more targeted for violence by criminal organizations).
In encouraging news, a long-shot anti-corruption crusader was elected President in Guatemala and the current President urges a smooth democratic transition as the establishment looks for ways to block it.
Looking to better understand how to counter misinformation? This review synthesizes evidence from 176 intervention tests reported in 155 unique studies conducted in both the Global North and Global South.
THE HIDDEN WORLD OF TAX REFORM!
The UN Secretary-General released a long-awaited report on how the UN can be a platform for more inclusive international tax cooperation - the next step in a growing rivalry with the OECD. Economists examine the challenges that the OECD 15% global minimum corporate tax will pose for developing countries.
More encouragingly, after years of engagement by the FACT Coalition and their members/allies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board has agreed to new tax transparency measures that should dramatically improve the disclosures of the tax practices of U.S. multinational corporations.
FROM OUR MEMBERS
TAI Steering Committee Member Toyin Akinniyi digs on how Nigeria can build trust in public institutions
Supports many of the leaders appearing in this article from Roling Stone magazine.
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION:
Chair Alex Soros lays out his hope that the reconfigured OSF will be able to help the European project realize its full promise.
TOOLS AND TRENDS FOR FUNDERS
Here are some ways donor members of the Equitable Evaluation Framework are fostering more equitable approaches to evaluation.
Alliance magazine has a new series on why and how philanthropy support organizations matter (no surprise that we agree with many of the points raised by the different interviewees!)
The Center of Effective Philanthropy finds that changes in grantmaking practice prompted by the pandemic are sticking to some extent - life is a little easier for grantees although the increase in general operating support is not as much as partners would hope.
MIT GOV/LAB has a new podcast series, Power to the Who, which features thought leaders in governance, reformers, technologists and designers. What is the future of governance? How can governments redesign how they deliver public services? And more! All episodes now available.
FOCUSED TOPIC OF THE WEEK
NATURAL RESOURCES GOVERNANCE UPDATE
Ecuadorians voted to restrict oil drilling in a rainforest national park - will it be a model for similar referendums in other countries?
Ghana approved a green minerals policy to help manage the exploitation and production of lithium (and preventing export of the raw mineral). Are we building to a cartel of critical mineral producers?
Sumatra women farmers celebrate a court win against a China-backed zinc mine.
Frank Mphalo from Zimbabwe’s Green Governance Trust explains how mentor Katy Rubin helped him use legislative theater to give young people a say in the climate change plan for their district.
The German Government has renewed significant support to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) (so you will several job ads to join FiTI below!)
Alice Evans offers an X thread review from Alice Evans of Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes’ new book on liberalism under attack and the fight for democracy.
JOBS AT TAI MEMBERS
Job postings at Hewlett Foundation - ONGOING
Job postings at MacArthur Foundation - ONGOING
Job postings at Open Society Foundations - ONGOING
Job postings at Luminate - ONGOING
Job postings at Ford Foundation - ONGOING
Job postings at FCDO - ONGOING
Job postings at Skoll - ONGOING
Analyst, Learning and Impact - Luminate
Policy Rearch and Advocacy Manager-Tax Justice Network Africa
Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean- Fisheries International Transparency Initiative
Regional Coordinator for the Pacific - Fisheries International Transparency Initiative
Regional Coordinator for Anglophone Africa- Fisheries International Transparency Initiative
Communications Coordinator - Fisheries International Transparency Initiative
Program Director for Organized Crime and Corruption- C4ADS
Director, Policy & Partnerships- Open Government Partnership
Programme and Grants Officer- CIVITATES
Programme Manager (Civic Power and Media)- CIVITATES
Programme Manager (Tech and Democracy) - CIVITATES
Program Manager for Latin America and The Caribbean- Thousand Currents
Director of Movement Partnerships- Thousand Currents
2023 OGP Global Summit: Tallinn, Estonia, 6-7 September
Making governance an inclusive club, Luminate, September 6, 9am ET
Carbon markets and Indigenous lands: The importance of free, prior and informed consent, 14 September, 2-3pm CET
Investing in Green Accountability,Systemiq/TAI/GPSA, Action Speaks Summit, New York, 19 September, 4.30pm ET
WINGS Forum, 3-5 October
Strengthening Democracy through Information Integrity, November 13-14
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