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Global Breezes – July 2018
Good Governance Innovations Worldwide: Have Positive Outcomes been Sustainable?
In the past seven years, GGW has published or republished scores of articles and commentary about innovative efforts to tangibly improve governance around the world. For the most part, these accounts have focused on challenges to be overcome, strategies and steps being taken to remediate ill-
In the coming months, we’ll begin to revisit many of the articles published in GGW during the past seven years and lay out an agenda for “looking behind” these good governance efforts to discover what outcomes were actually achieved once the dust settled and to what extent have these gains have become the new normal and, quite possibly, have led to other unforeseen governance improvements.
To help reach out to past authors and other organizational sources, we’re fortunate to have an intern working with us this summer as “assistant to the editor” – Izat Osmonov, who has completed his first year of a 2-
For those young professionals or student members of ASPA who might like to join Izat on this “look behind review,” or PA professors and instructors whose students could benefit from such volunteer exposure, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other Articles Worth Looking Back On
Smart Waste Management Reform in South Africa: Community Engagement in a Western Cape Informal Settlement, Claire Mollatt – This article focuses on improving waste management – specifically food waste – in an under-
A National Waste Management Strategy was introduced in South Africa in 2011. This has made it compulsory for municipalities to design and implement their own methods of diverting organic waste from landfill sites. Thus, the action research project reported on here explored how incremental improvements can be made in response to social, practical and biological challenges associated with waste collection and food waste management in informal settlements. Now, 7 years after project launch, we wish to learn more about its strategic outcomes.
Liberia Civil Society Advances the Battle to End Ebola, Kelly Ann Krawczik – Three or four years ago, the Ebola outbreak had penetrated beyond the borders of West Africa, becoming a full-
While the sector is still relatively small by traditional standards, and it faces acute shortages of human, technical, and financial resources, Liberian civil society continues to flourish despite the severe challenges it faces. Today, some years after this public health intervention began, we wish to learn more about its strategic outcomes.
ICMA Launches New CityLinks Project in the Republic of Georgia – With staff and local partners in place, the ICMA launched a project that would assist the country of Georgia as it makes improvements in its waste management and recycling systems. The project was funded by a new award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID awarded ICMA a 4-
Again, based on the most recent reporting, how successful has the CityLinks Project been in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, minimizing pollution of natural resources, enhancing public awareness of waste management issues and encouraging citizen engagement?
After Fukushima: Citizen Preparedness for Nuclear Emergencies, by Itoko Suzuki – Written at the time of the 5th anniversary of the devastating nuclear disaster caused by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) accidents, this article notes that: ‘Fukushima’ brought human tragedy and unprecedented economic loss to Japan. Radiation was still leaking and tens of thousands of evacuees were still unable to return to their contaminated home towns. ‘Fukushima’ is not over and will continue for more than a century, much like Chernobyl.’
The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Perspective from Jordan, Blake Evermon – The Syrian refugee crisis is nothing short of a growing humanitarian emergency in the Middle East, and its impact on Jordan has been especially difficult. At the time this article was posted, an estimated 9 million people had fled Syria since March 2011 and another 6 million were displaced within Syria. European states have recently pledged to accept over a million Syrian refugees in the coming year, with Germany alone pledging to receive much of the number.
But what is often asked is why the Muslim-
Our interest here is to learn from reliable sources just how successful the region has been in securing these strategic outcomes – finding sufficient resources and providing logistical support to adequately accommodate an extremely large number of refugees.
Why Roma Integration is a Rare Opportunity for the Western Balkans & Turkey, Zeljko Jovanovic – Coming on the heels of the Decade for Roma Inclusion, Roma Integration 2020 will build on the lessons learned from the decade in supporting national governments in closing the gap between Roma and non-
After the Roma Integration 2020 launch event in Brussels ends, a rare opportunity for the Western Balkan countries and Turkey begins. As in no other area, they can show that EU candidates can do better than EU member states when it comes to Roma. In the coming years, we shall see if the politicians and civil servants of these countries have the leadership, courage, and sense of duty to prove it.
Our question is: What are the strategic outcomes that represent closing the gap between Roma and non-
The Hashtag that Stymied Corruption in Kyrgyzstan, Shamil Ibragimov – In October 2015, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament announced it had ordered 120 new chairs at a cost of 2.6 million soms, or over $34,000. News of the extravagant purchase price sparked a backlash. A virtual flash mob inundated social media networks with hundreds of photos of their own armchairs and office chairs under the hashtags #mychair and #120armchairs. The public shaming proved effective, and the order was canceled.
As information becomes readily available and easily sharable, the internet and social media have helped lay bare government corruption and waste for all the world to see. In Kyrgyzstan, where corruption has long flourished, this is especially true—public exposure has led to the cancellation of several recent government procurements. The availability of several new applications that the public can use to sift through public data helps to hold governments accountable. Our question is: What are the strategic outcomes that represent desired success on laying bare public corruption in Kyrgyzstan, and what are the sector-
Dealing a Blow to Ukraine’s Soviet-
This is why, in a nation considered by many to be the most corrupt in Europe, reforming the public procurement process has become a top priority. Procurement – government spending on goods and services from private companies – is the number one corruption risk for most governments due to the size of money flows involved. Ukraine is still riddled with corruption, but with firm standards, an open platform, and genuine collaboration between government, civil society, and business, this success story could finally begin to transform Ukraine’s culture of corruption.
Our question: What are the measures and strategic outcomes in reforming Ukraine’s public procurement process, and what are the key timeframes through 2020 and beyond to achieve a genuinely open government?
Other Recent Good Governance Posts
- Closing the Digital Divide: A Case Study in Alton, Texas, By John Milford
- Brazil’s bike-
friendly beachfront city Fortaleza wins major transport award, By Gregory Scruggs
- How Access to Justice Helps in the Fight Against Poverty, By Peter Chapman,
- Why Latin America Is a Hotbed of Political Innovation, By Caio Tendolini,
- UN urges government to steer migration away from buckling megacities, By Michael Taylor
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