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Tainted Fahrvergnügen: What the Volkswagen Scandal Tells Us About Achieving Climate and Clean Air Goals

Stefan Bößner | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Stefan Bößner

Public brouhaha aside, from a climate change policy perspective, what is most troubling about this scandal is not what the company did, but the vulnerabilities it exposed in environmental policy.

Why Afghanistan Is Going To Fall To The Taliban Again

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

Last week, the Taliban began the process of retaking Afghanistan, starting with the northern city of Kunduz. The U.S. and Afghan governments have sin...

Lessons Learned in Our Nation's Capitol and Global Governance

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Quenby Wilcox

A few months after Ronald Reagan entered office as president of the United States for the first time, I started my first job as an intern on Capitol Hill. While I eventually abandoned a career-path in the political arena, I never forgot the important lessons I learned from my boss Patsy Guyer, Executive Assistant to former Senator J. Bennett Johnston (LA).

Why Board Leadership Fails

Faisal Hoque | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Faisal Hoque

Where is the leadership? Is it tainted or toppled by hubris, narcissism, megalomania or some other tragic human frailty?

Let's Crowdsource to Expose Government Bribe Takers!

Russ Warner | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Russ Warner

Over $1 trillion per year is lost to corrupt politicians and others. That amount of corruption affects us all. Why don't we crowdsource to publish the names of government bribe takers? It won't cost taxpayers.

With Kenya's Youth, The Future Is Here: Invest to Reap Demographic Benefits

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Kenya, is at the cusp of a "demographic dividend," which could transmute Kenya's fortunes in the first half of the 21st century -- but only if the country takes the right steps towards investing in the current youthful population.

Singapore's Complex Political Legacy Has an Uncertain Future

Anthony Saich | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
Anthony Saich

Not since the ancient era of city-states has a leader such as Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew exerted such a disproportionate influence on the global stage. But there is a growing call for a change in the way government he left behind operates and how inclusive it will be. Can it adapt?

What Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore Model Can Teach American Politicians

Ali Wyne | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Ali Wyne

Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore model offers several lessons for the U.S. Most importantly, Republicans and Democrats should remember that America's perch in world affairs will be compromised if its leaders subordinate the advancement of the national interest to the waging of ideological battles.

Singapore Challenges the Idea That Democracy Is the Best Form of Governance

Graham Allison | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Graham Allison

Since most theories of governance hold that good performance requires Western-style democracy, Singapore's record over five decades presents a challenge.

Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Till Bruckner

Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care.

Aquino's Dilemma and the Philippines' Fate: The Question of Succession

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.01.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines' politics has become more dynamic, less predictable, and therefore more interesting as we get closer to the fateful 2016 elections.

A Way Out of Afghanistan's Crisis

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah.

Good News: African Governments Are Seriously Stepping Up Their Fight Against Malnutrition

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

The latest State of Food Insecurity in the World report shows that a total of 72 developing countries out of 129 have reached the MDG 1c hunger target and, for the developing regions as a whole, the prevalence of undernourishment have declined.

Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

History abounds with the problems of creating global governance. Think about how the League of Nations failed, giving way to the United Nations. Look at the establishment of the Eurozone, and the convulsions brought on by the Greek financial crisis. Getting people to the table is hard.

'For the Game. For the World.' What Can We Learn From the FIFA Scandal?

Badr Jafar | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Badr Jafar

Whatever the outcome of these investigations, it is clear that soccer's governing body is in the midst of a legal, commercial and public relations crisis. For any organization, public, private or not-for-profit, to find itself in such a position is a sign that serious mistakes were committed.

FIFA's Blatter Unwittingly Pinpoints Soccer Governance's Prime Issues

James Dorsey | Posted 07.05.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter unwittingly put his finger on two fundamental issues that underlie a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer governance, the worst crisis in the sport's history.

Reforming Soccer Governance: Tackling Political Corruption Alongside Financial Wrongdoing

James Dorsey | Posted 06.08.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The mushrooming governance scandal in world soccer body FIFA increasingly spotlights political in addition to financial corruption in global soccer.

Volunteers Must Be Placed at Heart of a New Development Model

Richard Dictus | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Richard Dictus

From Brazil to Kenya, from Lebanon to Bangladesh, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are acting as champions of change, holding their governments to account -- making them more responsive to their citizens.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Progress in the Middle East and North Africa

Neil Ghosh | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Neil Ghosh

While significant development challenges remain in the region, progress is being made in a number of key areas by both governments and local communities.

For Good Grantmaking, It All Comes Back to Good Governance

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Kathleen P. Enright

Before I came to Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, I spent more than five years at BoardSource, a national organization focused on improving nonprofit governance. I have to admit, at the time I fancied myself a bit of a governance expert. I was wrong.

AFC Suspends General Secretary As It Keeps Damning Audit Buried

James Dorsey | Posted 05.13.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Wednesday suspended its general secretary, Dato Alex Soosay, pending an investigation of allegations that he had sought to tamper with or hide documents related to an investigation into corruption and mismanagement in the AFC that were first reported on this blog and in the Malay Mail.

Qatari Promises of Labor Reform Ring Hollow Amid Revived Corruption Allegations

James Dorsey | Posted 05.05.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A promise by Qatari labour and social affairs minister Abdullah Saleh Mubarak al-Khulaifi to reform the Gulf state's controversial kafala or labour sponsorship system by the end of this year is likely to cut little ice with human rights and trade union activists who four years after Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup are demanding deeds rather than words.

What Would Pakistan 2.0 Look Like?

Ravi Kumar | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Ravi Kumar

If you have ever doubted that the mother of invention is necessity, then look no further than Pakistan. Pakistan has struggled to provide opportunities to its people for decades. But the country is turning the tide.

Focusing Corporate Sustainability Ratings on What Matters

Jean Rogers | Posted 06.28.2015 | Money
Jean Rogers

Investors need strong signals on sustainability performance--signals that cut through the noise. Toward this end, corporate sustainability ratings must focus on what really matters, not just quantity of corporate ESG disclosure, but quality and materiality.

Alleged AFC Cover-up Effort Highlights Asian Soccer's Lack of Proper Governance

James Dorsey | Posted 06.24.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A senior executive of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) allegedly requested in 2012 at least one of his subordinates to tamper with or hide documents related to enquiries by independent auditors and FIFA into management of the group by Mohamed Bin Hammam.