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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.

As the Rich Get Richer, What's a 'Poor' College to Do?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.20.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The factors affecting post-recession American higher education suggest strongly that an incremental approach to building a stronger college will no longer work. Is change coming?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Returns to Kabul

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

If the Afghan government wishes to combat the Taliban and get support from rank and file Afghans, it is imperative that they provide basic services to the people. This would be almost impossible to achieve in the absence of bureaucrats.

Board Member Advocacy

Richard D. Legon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Richard D. Legon

Recently, we've seen policy leaders in a number of states propose draconian cuts to their investments in public higher education. And while all of our institutions are looking to contain costs and invest wisely, some of the proposals appear to be more about politics than they are about smarter higher education policy.

Have Research Ethics Committees Got It Wrong? A New Study Looks at What Participants in Medical Research Actually Want

Tim Spector | Posted 05.24.2015 | Science
Tim Spector

Traditionally, the "gold standard" of informed consent for participation in medical research entails that participants need to consent to every new research study, which means that they need to be contacted and re-consented each time.

Book Review: Thieves of State

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.03.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Thieves of State by Sarah Chayes is informative, thought-provoking, very interesting and concisely written. Published this year, the book is about corruption and its devastating effects.

Amidst Scandal and Crisis, a Way Forward For Resource Governance in Latin America

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Daniel_Kaufmann

Countries like Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are among the resource-rich economies in Latin America that have made inroads their extractive sectors, particularly regarding transparency in revenues. Others are embroiled in major economic crises, like Venezuela.

Declaration of Space Opportunity

Lucian Tarnowski | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Lucian Tarnowski

We are living in an interdependent world. The major challenges that face humanity are global in nature. We need to develop more interdependent thinking in order to deal with them.

Who Are We Going to Trust?

Michael Møller | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Michael Møller

Many have lost trust in their leaders, in political systems, in religious institutions and in the very notion that we are all in this world together and share a common future. This is a problem, because trust is the essential element that allows us to build a world of agreed-upon rules, with a level playing field for all.

What's Next for Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Corruption and coup allegations coupled with the fact that Rajapaksa no longer heads the Sri Lanka Freedom Party makes a comeback very difficult, but ruling it out completely seems premature.

How to Get Beyond B-Minus: The State of Nonprofit Boards Today

Anne Wallestad | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Today, BoardSource launched Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, which is a comprehensive scan of current nonprofit board practices, policies, and performance.

Leadership for Sustainability: It's About Boards

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Board service is the perfect opportunity for business people to improve communities and the world, while preparing themselves to be better leaders -- as executives and directors of public company boards.

Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

In 2014, Vladimir Putin discovered his inner Trotsky. For what Russia's president is now offering Ukraine is a perverse twist on the formula Trotsky proclaimed during the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk in 1918: "No war, no peace."

Will They Govern?

William S. Becker | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

As the new Congress convenes this week, the prevailing question is whether Republicans will prove they can govern now that they rule both houses. For those who keep score, as everyone of voting age should, let's define "govern."

Promoting Press Freedom -- U.S. Spends Over $100 Million Per Year

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Frank Vogl

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.

Information-Rich Democracy Is Key to Good Governance

Amartya Sen | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Amartya Sen

Enriching the informational base of democracy and making greater use of interactive public reasoning can contribute significantly to making democracy more workable, and also allow reasoned assessment of social welfare.

Once Again! What Does Nonprofit Board Oversight Mean?

Eugene Fram | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

I have a daily subscription to Google Alerts on "Nonprofit Management" and "Nonprofit Governance." Every week, several nonprofit case stories surface,...