SOMO, the Balanced Economy Project, Global Justice Now, and LobbyControl expose how the world's largest companies are exploiting monopoly control, exerting influence to the detriment of consumers, workers, and citizens.
Oxfam is also worried about corporate power - their report timed, as always, for Davos underscores a concerning wealth gap: the five richest men have doubled their fortunes since 2020. They call for breaking monopolies and taxing excess wealth.
Looking ahead, Eric Posner fears that collusion among emerging AI tech giants will lead to a concentration of “corporate political power that dwarfs anything that came before.”
The U.N. High-Level Advisory Body on AI issued its report on "Governing AI for Humanity," sparking questions about the UN's role. Secretary-General emphasizes they don't seek leadership but advocate for a networked, inclusive, and multilevel governance system for AI, aligning with the need for diverse perspectives.
The EU has struck an agreement on anti-money laundering rules, resolving uncertainties about beneficial ownership registers - investigating civil society and media will retain “generalized” access, limiting privacy claims over transparency.
Centro Contribuye's research scrutinized companies in Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico, evaluating their commitment to transparency, good governance, and responsible use of fiscal benefits (in Spanish).
Facing challenges like newsroom raids and journalist arrests, Hong Kong Free Press, journalist Tom Grundy shares insights on the evolving press freedom situation in Hong Kong.
Women journalists in sub-Saharan Africa now have access to a pro bono factsheet for addressing disinformation and online harassment threats.
Version 6 of the Democratic Erosion Event Database is now online for download. It includes 5979 events related to democratic erosion and autocratic consolidation across 136 countries since 2000.
FROM OUR MEMBERS
Open Society Foundations: President Mark Malloch Brown advocates for philanthropists to embrace heretical thinking and adopt a disruptive role. He emphasizes the importance of challenging traditional norms to drive meaningful change in philanthropy.
USAID: The Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid urges USAID to take strategic actions supporting free, credible, and inclusive global elections in 2024, aligning with a crucial period when over half the world's population has the opportunity to vote.
Luminate: collaborates with Vanina Berghella, Latin America director at the International Fund for Public Interest Media, reflecting on independent journalism, the impact of artificial intelligence, and societal polarization in Argentina.
TOOLS AND TRENDS FOR FUNDERS
Navigating the complexities of commissioning evaluations poses numerous challenges. Consider these five questions to guide the evaluator selection process.
The ultra-wealthy are experimenting with novel philanthropic strategies, aiming to expedite funds to those in need, notes Avantika Chilkoti - interesting to see The Economist deep dive on philanthropic trends.
Philea collects insights from European funders discussing the impact of unrestricted funding and the cost recovery approach.
Marcus Walton, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and recipient of a grant from Mackenzie Scott, shares key thoughts on how these resources have influenced their work over the past two years.
Why aren’t young Africans disrupting authoritarian regimes? Lovise Aalen and Marjoke Oosterom examine the challenges faced by a bulging youth population, and youth-targeted strategies of rulers.
FOCUSED TOPIC OF THE WEEK
It’s all interconnected: environment, climate and governance
Amid so many pressing resource governance issues, the problem of illegal sand mining is a neglected one, but its impacts are all too real. David Taylor details how organized crime is mining sand from rivers and coasts, such as in Morocco, are ruining ecosystems and communities. New research suggests some good news in the Mekong Delta with levels of illegal mining declining, but if you dig deeper, that drop is attributed to increased permits, which still threaten sustainability of sand reserves (and hence climate protections.)
Turning to larger-scale mining, UNIDO announce launch of the Global Alliance and Partnership for Responsible and Green Minerals with global partners and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. One aspect of responsibility is clamping down on corruption risks, and a new evaluation suggests that enhancing transparency in company ownership plays a pivotal role in that regard.
Talking of information disclosure, delve into the World Resources Institute's comprehensive analysis of the Escazu Agreement, the treaty for access to environmental information. Drawing insights from case studies contributed by partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Saint Lucia, the report offers a nuanced examination of the agreement's impact.
Turning to information to assess climate responses. the head of the International Finance Corporation underscores the necessity of harmonizing green taxonomies worldwide for sustainable finance, advocating for unified principles and metrics to guide these efforts.
Tune in to Sulemana Braimah's impactful Open Letter addressing President Akufo-Addo on the state of Ghana's democracy.
Senior Project Manager for the topic “Climate Change” with a focus on land use - Robert Bosch Foundation
Communications and Advocacy Officer - UNCAC Coalition
Associate Director - Governance Action Hub
Director of Communications and Advocacy - Urgent Action Fund
Regional Tax Manager (Africa) - International Budget Partnership
Consultant - Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG)
Deputy Director - Media Democracy Fund
International Program Office on Food Sovereignty - Friends of the Earth
Director of Policy and International Programs - Access Now
Social Justice Lawyering Program - One Future Collective
Fellowship Program for the Global South - DEJUSTICIA. Deadline: January 31
Call for Workshop proposals for the in-person event in Vilnius, Lithuania - International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)
Proposals for both regular grants and seed grants for early reporting - The Fund for Investigative Journalism
Reporting Democracy offers reporting grants for journalists from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Deadline: Jan 30, 2024.
Submissions - The 2024 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting, Deadline January 31
“Principles for Relevant and Effective Support to Media and the Information Environment”. Read the principles in English and French and send comments on this draft by email to DCD.GovNet@oecd.org - The DAC’s Network on Governance - Deadline 9 February
Applications open - Data Values Advocates program
World Justice Challenge 2024 - The World Justice Project, Deadline January 31
'Exposing the Invisible,' an online talk series - Tactical Tech for the Collaborative and Investigative Journalism Initiative, 23 January - 12 February
PEXforum 2024 - Philea, 25-26 January 2024
Summary - Decoding COP28: post-COP webinar, 1 February 2024
Symposium on Systems of Financial Secrecy co-hosted by Open Ownership and the LSE International Inequalities Institute, 21 February 2024
Report Launch: Freedom in the World 2024, 29 February 2024
14 March 2024
Summit for Democracy, Seoul, Korea, March 2024
International Anti-Corruption Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania - 18-21 June 2024
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