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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,...

Simple Truths: We Will Only Win This - and Other Conflicts - with Allies on the Ground

Marjan Ehsassi | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Marjan Ehsassi

President Obama has signaled a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State as we send 1,500 additional Americans into Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi army to "start going on some offense." Doing so will be no small task.

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

Consequential Boards: Strengthening College and University Governance

Richard D. Legon | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Richard D. Legon

Just as corporate board members have a fiduciary duty to shareholders, college and university trustees have a duty to us all. We call upon these boards to add value where it matters most and engage in truly consequential governance.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Is America Governable?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

It is easy to say that leadership is needed. But that is not going to happen, at least for the next two years. There is however one solution.

The Hummingbird and the Climate Summit

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies' ways of living on the Earth.

IOC President's Call for Transparency Challenges Middle Eastern/Asian Political Dominance of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 11.21.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Taken at face value, a rare acknowledgment by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach that sports and politics are inextricably intertwined should be a first step towards radical reform that offers a proper structure to govern the relationship.

Why More Women Need To Run For Political Office

Ellevate | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Ellevate

There are many good women who are serving on the local level; on school boards, city governments, county boards and in various state bodies; but there is still a very dismal representation of women on the federal level.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

Good Governance -- A Sustainable Development Goal Too Essential To Be Side-lined

David Weiss | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

I encourage the decision makers and the governments of the world to make the right decision and to include a sustainable development goal on governance so that we can truly measure the improvements in the lives of millions.

The BRICS Bank Signals the End of the American Financial Empire and U.S. Dollar Hegemony

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Establishing the BRICS Bank is a momentous event The July 2014 BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit was a momentous event, more ...

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

The Case to Stop Campaigning and Start Governing

Mack McLarty | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With midterm elections four months away, there are signs that a bitterly polarized electorate will again deliver a government incapable of working together. This is our era's sad twist on the maxim "all politics is local." You can win local elections at the extremes. But you can't govern from there.