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TAI Weekly|Decoding Information Challenges

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WHAT'S NEW?

The Fisheries Transparency Initiative along with People Powered and Participation Factory, collaborates to enhance the involvement of local stakeholders in the management of marine fisheries in Seychelles and Madagascar.


Explore insights from the recent 11th China Sustainable Investment Forum held in Beijing, featuring extensive discussions on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) matters. (See our recent blogs on the missing “G” in ESG.)


James Watt, a keen observer of international affairs, is currently scrutinizing Iraq's efforts to combat corruption. The nation seems to be on a trajectory aimed at unlocking its true economic and human potential, but the journey is marked by questions about how to make substantial progress against corruption.


Three major global commodity trading houses engaged in corrupt dealings with Ecuador, using state oil companies as fronts, with entities from China, Thailand, Oman, and Uruguay. 

Nasdaq has undertaken a comprehensive exploration into the state of financial crime and its profound implications for the global financial system. 


A comprehensive investigative agenda for climate reporting has been outlined in a recently released report, collaboratively developed by more than 80 journalists and experts hailing from over 35 countries.


This Natural Resource Governance Institute brief offers eight case studies from diverse sectors beyond extractive industries, offering valuable insights for those seeking policy reform efforts.


The formation of a UN tax convention is now underway. Farida Bena delves into the next steps in the process. TAI will be hosting more sessions for funders on the convention this spring.

ESSENTIAL READING!

Equitable Cambodia's report highlights the risks associated with the growing gold mining sector, emphasizing minimal benefits to local communities and a lack of accountability for powerful industry figures.

FROM OUR MEMBERS 

HEWLETT FOUNDATION: The Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program of the Hewlett Foundation, initiated in 2004, recently underwent a strategic refresh to better align with the current realities of the sector.


PACKARD FOUNDATION: Has revised its strategy for covering indirect costs, and essential expenses for organizational operations. Explore their updated approach, emphasizing equitable grantmaking, to learn more.

ESSENTIAL READING

Delve into the first edition of the year for "Ariadne’s Thread," a monthly update featuring events, briefings, and research tailored for social change and human rights funders. 

TOOLS AND TRENDS FOR FUNDERS

TAI participated in the PEX Forum in Rome on January 26-27, where professionals in philanthropy infrastructure across Europe discussed their various roles in shaping the future of philanthropy. 


People-led movements are driving change, defending freedoms, and advancing human rights. Break down barriers and join the 12-month Donor Challenge to nurture connections with grassroots changemakers. 


Urgent Action Fund Asia & Pacific is exploring collective care practices in the region and wants to hear from others about their perspectives and experiences. Join the conversation and contribute to the evolving understanding of collective care in Asia and the Pacific.


The role of a program officer is pivotal in advancing a foundation's commitment to trust-based philanthropy. This concise guide encourages HR professionals, supervisors, and program officers to rethink the position in a transformative manner.

ESSENTIAL READING

Explore the recently published guide titled "A Simplified Guide on Decolonial Research," authored by Maria Tissera Luna. This resource is highly recommended for people seeking valuable insights into decolonial research methodologies.

FOCUSED TOPIC OF THE WEEK

Online clamp downs and information challenges

Governments around the world are turning to legislation to clampdown on online activities in ways that further threaten civic space. Take the case of Sri Lanka, where the recently passed Online Safety Bill, opposed by MP Eran Wickremeratne, has raised concerns about potentially paving the way for a dictatorship. The legislation criminalizes actions such as "coordinated inauthentic behavior" and making "threatening, alarming, or distressing statements."

Certain populations are targeted most. A recent report from APC and Derechos Digitales, reveals a global trend where governments employ cybercrime laws to criminalize women and LGBTQIA+ individuals, justifying heightened surveillance while diminishing freedom of expression.

What about the threat coming from corporations? A recent study investigates the sources behind the transmission of information about your online activity to Facebook. The study, conducted by Consumer Reports, delves into the extensive data collected by Facebook, leaving more questions than answers.

More encouragingly, Chana Schoenberger details evidence that remedies for online disinformation like accuracy prompts and crowdsourcing are largely effective across cultures and nations.

ESSENTIAL READING

Einaudi's researchers address democratic backsliding and political polarization, looking at the intertwined roles of political agency and institutional dynamics in determining regime outcomes. 

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