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TAI Weekly

TAI Weekly | Ending the Enabling
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Dear Readers,Even more than usual, events this past week have us asking how to challenge impunity. So, we scan what’s being done and what’s still needed, look with hope to research on how citizens can lead action for accountability, look at infrastructure for delivering on climate promises, and check in on some high profile trials involving those not used to being in the dock.TAI TeamHighlights
  • Ukraine Invasion: Ending the Enabling
  • Doomscroll on democracy and economic crisis, shine a light on debt transparency
  • Recommended long read
  • Essential listening!
  • Responsible gas, greenwashing dangers, transparency of Nigerian climate actions and good governance for energy access
  • Corruption court prime time, dodgy dealings at sea and women less corrupt than men
  • Philanthropy trends in 2022 and how to boost core funding
  • More to read this week!
  • TAI Spotlight
Ukraine Invasion: Ending the Enabling
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Ukraine’s steps toward openness and to promote integrity in recent years, though far from perfect, were real enough – a champion in open government circles, pioneer on procurement reform. This past week’s events further remind us that such efforts are a threat to those who seek to rule though oppression and to disavow the possibility of good intentions. All-the-more reason to reinforce efforts for transparency, civic participation and accountability wherever we can and help the individuals and organizations behind them.Events in Ukraine are at last unblocking moves to clamp down on Russia’s corrupt elite. Gabriel Zucman points to a key vulnerability – Russian wealth (and power) are uniquely concentrated — and much of that wealth is offshore. Check out the graphs that make it all to plain.So, we’ve seen a wave of sanctions. The UK’s economic crime legislation that the government had tried to drop just a few weeks back is now being fast tracked
“Those backing Putin have been put on notice: there will be nowhere to hide your ill-gotten gains,” Boris Johnson claims.Oliver Bullough explains why we need to know who owns what in London, Global Integrity ACE offer this great explainer video on the city’s role in enabling kleptocracy, while David Szakonyi makes the case for collecting basic sales information as well as beneficial ownership information for the buyer and seller of every piece of real property in the US, both residential and commercial.More immediately, there is an urgent need to combat disinformation campaigns and fake news around the invasion. This map was created by the Centre For Information Resilience as part of a wider effort to promote transparent and verified information on this unfortunate conflict.
 
Doomscroll on democracy and economic crisis, shine a light on debt transparency
Freedom House detail the growing spread of authoritarian rule in their new report. 60 countries saw democratic decline last year versus just 25 that improved. This tallies at headline level with the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index 2021 that came out a couple of weeks ago.
Nor are economic prospects likely to lift your mood. World Bank Group President David Malpass thinks there is a risk that the economic crisis of inflation will spread due to financial fragility – a focus of the latest World Development Report. What might immediately help? A concerted push for comprehensive debt transparency that can allow for better planning. Glad to see this need recognized in the report.
Recommended long read!
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Against the Odds: Action for Empowerment and Accountability in Challenging ContextsHow and under what conditions does citizen-led social and political action contribute to empowerment and accountability? Read the latest research findings focused on Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan.

 

Essential Listening!

Fair and Green Taxation- Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion podcast, created by Laudes Foundation.

 

Responsible gas, greenwashing dangers, transparency of Nigerian climate actions and good governance for energy access
When natural gas production is certified as “responsibly sourced” what does that mean? Laura Feinstein seeks to explain.

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She makes you more worried about greenwashing, in which case listen to this message from Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator, calling out the dangers of fossil fuel advertising and pointing to actions agencies can take.
Nigeria has set ambitious climate goals and transparency will be vital to achieving them. The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency details the development and rollout of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems to support the government’s efforts. “An effective transparency system is crucial… it provides evidence to help identify what’s needed, what is working – and what gaps may exist.” One major challenge in Nigeria is how to end subsidies for oil. Some inspiration might come from new research into feasible pathways for the energy transition in Tanzania. Political economy analysis identifies factors contributing to the existing subsidised regime that is vulnerable to corruption. Bottom line? Good governance can enable energy access for all.
 
Corruption court prime time, dodgy dealings at sea and women less corrupt than men
In Mozambique former President Armando Guebuza took the stand as the last of 67 prosecution witnesses in the ongoing “hidden debt” trial that has captivated the public for six months. A case so sensitive the trial is held in a maximum security prison.Another case worth following closely is the High Court proceedings in London where Nigeria is suing JP Morgan for $1.7bn for breaching duty of care by greenlighting payments related to a 2011 oil deal. Can they prove gross negligence? How does corruption play out at sea? The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network has released the results and lessons learned from 10 years of tracking corrupt demands in maritime trade.

Image Source: Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program

Finally, this explainer from The Economist: “Women are less likely to be corrupt than men”. However, it’s not due to the reasons you may think.

 

Philanthropy trends in 2022and how to boos core funding

Ten experts detail what they see as the biggest opportunities for philanthropy in 2022 – we are glad to see collaboration make the list!Several of the other elements from shifting power imbalances to pursuing equity can be reinforced by meeting the oft repeated demand for longer term, flexible funding. Anna-Marie Harling details how to make that happen.

 

More to read this week: 
– People for palm oil: Unilever leverages crowdsourcing to boost supply chain transparency– Liberia: U.S. Lawmaker Gregory Meeks Leads Delegation to Liberia; Accountability and Governance High on the Agenda– Can Sanctions Be Smart? The Costs and Benefits of Economic Coercion– The Climate Crisis is a (Neo) Capitalist Crisis– Africa’s Fossil-Fuel Trap – A Response to “The Divestment Delusion”– The Summit for Democracy commitments are out – now what?

 

TAI spotlight
MacArthur Foundation President John Palfrey and MacKnight Foundation Tonya Allen discussed progress made on The Pew Trust and Stanford Social Innovation Review podcast series. Ford Foundation Highlights the work of Davi Pereira Junior member of 2020 class of Ford Global Fellows! Pereira, a sociologist, is making Black history by documenting the history of African slave descendants, the Quilombola, and their role in climate solutions.Skoll Foundation features answers from Fernando Travesí of the International Center for Transitional Justice on transitional justice, and how can countries use it as a tool to build a better future and create a more inclusive society.Open Society Foundations states that Ukraine does not present any military threat to Russia, which “manufactured this crisis to deprive Ukraine of its right to self-determination and to undermine European security and solidarity”. Chandler Foundation: Leslie Tsai shares 5 takeaways from a discussion of SDG 16. You can also watch the video of how effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions are the backbone of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.Hewlett Foundation: announced grants to leading academic institutions to reimagine capitalism alongside Omidyar Network. “Neoliberalism is dead, but we haven’t developed a replacement,” -Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer
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Job postings at Skoll – Ongoing

Job listingsExecutive Director, Publish what you pay- March 20, 2022Development Officer, Regional Philanthropy, World Wildlife Fund- OngoingResearch ToR: The expected value to Kenyan authorities of citizen-generated data– March 13, 2022Director, Donor Relations & Development, Rights and Resources Initiative-OngoingBusiness and Data Analyst Team Manager at The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) – OngoingOpenings at I-APS – Ongoing           Openings  at National Democratic Institute – OngoingOpenings at The Sentry – OngoingOpenings at Contracting Resources Group– Ongoing 
Calls/OpportunitiesThe Race Equity Culture Fellowship OngoingReimagining Philanthropy e-Learning Program– sMonday, March 1st- April 8th, 2022! Soros Justice Fellowship– March 2, 2022PhD Fellow, EU Tax Observatory– March 4, 2022Se buscan periodistas para cubrir el Acuerdo de Escazú en América Latina y el Caribe– March 6, 2022Pacific Islands Investigative Journalism Opportunities – OngoingFellowship, The Project on Resources and Governance (PRG)– March 31, 2022Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub & Energy and EnvironmentWest Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) call for papers and articles – Open year-roundFree digital security training– OngoingCall for proposals: Informality, tax, and the state – Proposals accepted on a rolling basis              
CalendarAdopting a Movement Mindset course, Rhize– 3 Mar 2022 – 31 Mar 2022Trust between government and citizens: the key to responsiveness? – 22 March 2022SSRI Frontiers of Social Innovation Annual Conference –March 22-24, 2022Environmental Democracy- the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) 29 March, 2022 – 31 March 2022International Convention on  Anti-Corruption, Good Governance, and Human Rights –  April 21-22, 2022 (Boston, MA)United Philanthropy Forum – July 18-20, 2022SVRI Forum – September 19- 23,  2022
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