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Mick Moore reflects on changes needed to Sri Lanka’s tax system to build a fairer, more sustained revenue base alongside any IMF debt deal.

Special economic and port zones lead to increased tax avoidance and are associated with illiberal regimes writes Quinn Siobodian.

The link between public financial management (PFM) and government accountability has been clearly established. But, what about the link between PFM institutions with human rights? Manal Fouad thinks one cannot be fully effective in the absence of the other.



The IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings, the National Democratic Institute, Open Government Partnership, and Chandler Foundation have partnered to convene a high-level panel of experts and practitioners to share “Transparency and Accountability Lessons to Break the Debt Crisis Cycle”

Join them on April 6th



“Democracy isn’t about having the perfect constitution or being able to vote every few years. It’s about making your life better.” Natalie Samarasinghe, Global Director, Advocacy reflects on supporting movements that strengthen democracy.


Held their first New Common Sense media roundtable. Journalists and subject-matter experts discussed the changing relationships between markets, government and people. Get a sense of conversation here


Dr. Timnit Gebru discussed how to counter Big Tech’s pervasive influence on artificial intelligence through her work at DAIR Institute. Don’t miss her conversation with Ford’s Hilary Pennington.


Rahma Wako and Njeri Mwangi are among those featured in Luminate’s “African Women Shaping Democracy.”


Has a new top development official - “this will put FCDO back on the path to a higher standard of accountability and transparency” argues William Worley.



Aid and Governance: Impact of Chinese Aid on the Evaluation of Government Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa.


For US-based organizations, MacKenzie Scott has launched her first open call for funding - 250 lucky organizations will get $1 million each. Let’s hope for a global call soon.

An increasing number of foundations have already embarked on journeys of reinventing their approach and practice. Jesper Christiansen is exploring what transformative philanthropy in times of transition looks like and invites others to join the conversation.

Pulsante - an intermediary funder in Latin America that seeks to expand the civic space – has released new learning materials, one of them being the value of collaborative efforts! 

The On Think Tanks team offers some reflections on funding practices of foundations in Africa amid localization (or lack thereof) - do they match your experiences?


Participation to shape a just transition: United Kingdom, Colombia and Laos

What is the people’s plan for nature? Citizens from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own opinions. Following the first People’s Assembly for Nature, they collectively agree on how to tackle the nature crisis.  How different would be the responses of people in, say, Indonesia or Argentina?

What does civil society involvement translate to in the energy transition? In Colombia, for instance, CSOs are working to ensure transparency and accountability in the decarbonization of the economy. Organizations such as Crudo Transparente are taking a holistic, multigenerational approach to address the socioeconomic issues associated with hydrocarbons and the use of royalties. They just applied the Natural Resource Governance Institute corruption diagnostic to hydrocarbons in the municipalities of Tauramena and Maní. 

A critical element of any just transition is assuring energy access. So no surprise that citizens in Laos are unhappy about electricity rates. Despite the country being the “battery of Asia” exporting hydropower to its neighbors, electricity is still unaffordable to many residents. Servicing a high debt burden is part of the problem.



Are we seeing the end of Londongrad? UK real estate disclosure laws may be working.

Another long-sought beneficial ownership win (following the FATF rules update featured last week) - this time the Canadian government introduces legislation to create a “free, publicly accessible and scalable beneficial ownership registry.”

Message misunderstood -  The latest U4 brief looks at why raising awareness of corruption can backfire.

Kenya is the first African state member of the Open Government Partnership to have a parliamentary caucus; and, to engage all levels of government at the level we are seeing (Executive, Legislature, Judiciary and 4 County governments to boot!)



Job postings at Hewlett Foundation - ONGOING

Job postings at MacArthur Foundation - ONGOING

Job postings at Open Society Foundations - ONGOING

Job postings at Luminate - ONGOING

Job postings at Ford Foundation  - ONGOING

Job postings at FCDO - ONGOING

Job postings at Skoll - ONGOING


Executive Director, Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE) Funders Alliance

Associate Program Manager – Climate Justice. Open Society Foundations, New York

Program Director, Project on Resources and Governance, UCLA
Associate, Cost Transparency Initiative
Program Assistant, Global Anti-Corruption Consortium
Director of Fellowship, Keseb

Community Engagement Manager, Open Ownership 

Short term contract: BOT, privacy and access researcher, Open Ownership 

Program Assistant, Global Anti-Corruption Consortium,OCCRP


Senior Program Officers, Tax Equity in Ghana and Tanzania, International Budget Partnership


Consultancy, The Countering Environmental Corruption Practitioners Forum, World Wildlife Fund

Consultant to produce a study assessing governance and corruption risks in the renewable energy sector, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

Free online Access to Information course in French and Russian, UNESCO

Investigative Journalism Fellowship 2023 - Signature Investigative Journalism Fellowship in Barbados. Virtual sessions April 14th and 18th and in-person sessions April 23rd - 25th. Topics include storyboarding, digital security, mobile journalism, paper trailing, verification techniques and more.  

2023 Research Symposium, Data Foundation, deadline March 31, 2023

Video and fine arts competition 2023- Transparency International is calling on young people across the globe to join the anti-corruption movement by submitting a video or artwork on new ways to fight corruption.


The Digitalization of Democracy: How Technology is Changing Government Accountability, Wednesday, March 29, 2023

OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, 29-30 March, Paris, 2023  

Summit for Democracy, 29-30 March (multiple locations)

Asia in 2050: What role will philanthropy play?” March 30, 2023 - 12:00 UTC (London)

Taxing multinationals in developing countries? What’s been achieved and what remains to be done? Center for Global Development, April 6, 2023, 9.00-10.15 am ET

Democratic Reset: Transparency and Accountability Lessons to Break the Debt Crisis Cycle, Thursday, April 6, 2023, 11:30 - 12:45 EST/17:30 - 18:45 CAT/21:00-22:15 IST

Skoll World Forum, 12-14 April 2023

Quantifying corruption losses in health, Tuesday 18 April, 14:30-15:30 GMT+1 

Open Gov Week 2023 - May 8-12

Rights Con 2023, June 5-8, 2023

EITI Global Conference, Dakar, June 2023

2023 #ShiftThePower Summit, Bogota, Colombia, December 2023

Michael Jarvis,

TAI's Executive Director

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