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TAI Weekly|Global Goals, Grassroots Grit

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Chile is the first of the world’s top-ten fishing nation to sign up for the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). This commitment has been formally integrated into the country’s latest OGP National Action Plan (2023-2027).

Mexico's Alliance for Tax Justice celebrates its first anniversary and offers proposals on optimizing support for affordable private capital in emerging markets (in Spanish).

Surveys indicate a widespread apprehension towards emerging technologies like AI, highlighting gaps in understanding their role in propagating disinformation during electoral processes. 

Generative AI has made the online abuse of women as simple as point-and-click. Now, the challenge lies in finding effective ways to stop it.

Katherine Mann and Saskia Brechenmacher explain how international assistance for women’s political empowerment has evolved significantly over the last three decades, from programs aimed at integrating women into nascent democratic institutions to a focus on transforming the broader political ecosystem. 

The repercussions of financial crime affect everyone, as evidenced by a significant fraud case in Vietnam that has forced the government to allocate $24 billion of taxpayers money to rescue banks.

Salena Tramel shares five key insights on the global land rush and strategies to mitigate its impact.

Read stories of just transition in the Global South. The pivotal role of local stakeholders is reflected in this series highlighting cases like Saldanha Bay, South Africa, and Santa Marta, Colombia.

A new report suggests ways for the United States to engage with African countries on critical minerals. It advocates for partnerships to diversify supply chains, improve standards, and enhance peace through commercial involvement.

Growing apprehensions surround carbon credits, with concerns emerging about their potential role in perpetuating instances of "carbon colonialism."

Almost all of Britain’s Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories (CDOTs) are still very far from delivering on a years-old promise to clamp down on financial secrecy, according to a new UK report.

“When governments and civil society work together to advance open government principles, apathy turns into hope, cynicism into trust, and inaction into achievement.” Aidan Eyakuze and Annabel Cruz make the case, backed by local examples of positive civil society-led change around the world.

Funding For Tax Justice - Invitation From Tai

Please join for our upcoming webinar to explore funding trends and implications for international tax justice. We will present key insights from TAI's latest funding review and unveil early findings from our survey to boost donor engagement in this area. Secure your spot today by registering for the webinar here.

When: Apr 29, 2024, 7am PT / 10am ET (US and Canada) / 4pm CET (Europe). 


FCDO: Minister Andrew Mitchell announced a global effort to combat financial corruption by increasing transparency in company ownership. With a £2 million funding commitment, they aim to work with international partners to implement ownership registers, particularly in low-income countries.

LUMINATE: is seeking an Advisor, Campaigns & Media to join the Luminate Strategic Initiatives (LSI) team!

PACKARD FOUNDATION: President and CEO Nancy Lindborg and Interim Vice President of Environment and Science Meg Caldwell attended the Our Ocean Greece Conference where they announced their $480 million commitment over the next five years to advance bold action for people, the ocean, and climate. 

CHANDLER FOUNDATION: Share powerful insights on the challenges of leading effective anti-corruption institutions in this must-read paper by Martha Chizuma and Christopher Stone. 

USAID: Is seeking your input on integrating systems thinking in development programming. See their call for input to inform a position paper on systems practice, deadline May 31st.


Just in time for the Human Rights Funders Network conference coming up this week, David Griffiths says we have to get past cynicism and change the way we talk about human rights. Then, we need to approach human rights, “not as lofty idealism but hard strategy.”

Lourdes Inga and Winnie Kodi discuss the empowerment of Indigenous communities through the emergence of Indigenous-led funds. They argue for reform of philanthropic models that frequently neglect or dismiss the distinct needs and perspectives of Indigenous communities.

The Path to Scale dashboard tracks funding to Indigenous, local, and Afro-descendant communities. Covering donations from 133 donors since 2011, it aids in identifying funding gaps and opportunities to secure communities' rights.

A new report explores the often overlooked work of Social Impact Infrastructure Organizations and their significant yet underestimated contributions to the global philanthropy sector.

Innovations In Democracy - Do Not Miss These Webinars!

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Skoll Forum Threads

We're delighted to share a summary of the discussions and insights from the recent Skoll Forum 2024 in Oxford. The event, attended by Eszter Fillipinyi, TAI´s Deputy Director revolved around empowering change through kindness, transparency, accountability, empathy, and collaboration. Here's a snapshot of the key takeaways:

  1. Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, reminded us that kindness and humility are strengths, not weaknesses, especially in politics.

  2. Discussions centered on reinvigorating democratic systems by supporting local movements, strategic communication, and protecting democratic norms during times of crisis.

  3. There was a strong emphasis on the need to empower women and minority groups, both in decision-making roles and through philanthropic support to overcome systemic barriers.

  4. Strategies to combat disinformation and promote transparency within the information ecosystem were explored, including tailored policies and skills development for critical thinking.

  5. Sonia Guajajara, Brazil's first-ever minister for indigenous people, highlighted the importance of empowering indigenous communities as guardians of the environment and advocates for climate justice.

Read Ezster´s full thoughts on how the forum emphasized the urgency of channeling support and resources to grassroots movements, activists, and civil society organizations to drive accountability and collaboration for a better future.




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