How Relevant Is the Development UN?

Stephen Browne and Thomas G. survey2012Weiss (with Vikas Nath)

Extracts from the 2012 Global Perceptions Survey: The survey underlines two challenges currently facing the UN’s development activities: the lack of system-wide coherence; and the possible increasing irrelevance for contemporary development problems.

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I – Power: Using Crowd Support, Not Bribes, to Redress Public Grievances

mybannerMost people in developing countries are hesitant to engage with governments and avoid getting entangled in government affairs. They do not trust the public servants to act honestly and resolve their public grievances quickly. Many end up paying bribes, using unscrupulous middlemen, or currying favours for government officials to get their work done quickly. Continue reading

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Can ICT address water supply problems towards 2020?

logoIFIP122nd IFIP World Computer Congress, 24-26 September 2012. Amsterdam. The Netherlands

As developing countries industrialise and incomes rise, the pressure on fresh water resources will increase further. Inevitably, as demand is increasing, tensions are manifesting at the national and international level. Where do we look for solutions to manage our water resources? Continue reading

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ICTs, Farmers and Governance, WITFOR 2012, India

World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR), 16 – 18 April. Delhi. India

Watch the panel discussion on Doordarshan.

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