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Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter
Twiplomacy is the leading global study of world leaders on Twitter. The governments of more than three-quarters (77.7%) of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter: Almost half of the 505 accounts analysed are personal accounts of heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs; a third of these world leaders tweet themselves, but very few on a regular basis.
Diversity and inclusion on NGO boards: what the stats say
Figures reveal a clear disjunction between the world NGOs seek to create, and the world their governance structures reproduce
Will NGOs Survive In the Future?
A significant number of non-governmental actors can justifiably be regarded as an integral part of modern diplomacy, if by diplomacy we mean the communication system available to the international community. We have reason to claim that international NGOs, as important social institutions for the establishment and development of extensive contacts within multilateral diplomacy, help fill current gaps in unduly bureaucratized international politics.
World Bank to 'massively scale up' leverage on private sector through technology
One of the goals of the Open Government Partnership is to increase corporate accountability — but private firms need to be (more) involved.
3 Steps To Improve Disaster Preparedness
As Cyclone Phailin tore through India’s coast last week with winds of 155 mph, hundreds of thousands of lives were instantly at stake. The intensity of the coming storm was compared to that of the 1999 cyclone that struck the same region and killed 10,000 civilians. In contrast, less than 50 lives were lost in 2013.
NGOs must give up power
The international development Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) are rightly very proud of their history: they have saved lives, helped people get through the toughest moments, and shown those who feel alone that others care. But if NGOs are to help contribute to a better future, they will need to change.
Good Practices for Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact
Last week I was a panelist at a civil society organization seminar during the World Bank Annual Meetings on the topic of “Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact.” The task for the panel was to discuss good practices in citizen engagement to make governments and service providers (including the private sector) more accountable so that policies and project interventions have greater impact for all citizens.
Tanzania has shown how civil society can contribute to economic justice
By asking the right questions, citizens can help to fight poverty, promote transparency and reinforce social and economic rights
Top global development organizations: The Devex lists
To succeed in international development, knowing the main players is key - whether you’re looking for partners, funding opportunities or jobs.
Doing development in conflict zones
Donors and aid agencies working in Syria, Somalia or Afghanistan must be more prepared to take risks and help local partners lead interventions
Five Online Fundraising Best Practices for Small NGOs in Developing Countries
Five social media best practices specifically tailored for NGOs in developing countries
5 Takeaways From UN's Global Report on Happiness
Some surprising factors that influence well-being around the world.
VIDEO - G20 for Change: NGOs voices at the G20 Summit 2013
From the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg: Transparency International, InterAction, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children
G20 Lays Out Plan that Could Help the World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up
The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.
Oxfam verdict on the G20 Russia Summit
On tax, Syria and inequality.
Is Civil Society Uncivil?
Having worked with civil society engagement work at the World Bank for many years, it is not uncommon for colleagues to see me in the hallway and jokingly ask: “is civil society still acting uncivil?”.
Why the Values of the BRICS Matter
In this recorded discussion, Ben Cormier discusses his dissertation on “Why the Values of the BRICS Matter”. Ben is a Graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Labor Relations.
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